HawCC Connects with Youth at Kamoleao This Summer

The Hawaii Community College (HawCC) Kamoleao Laulima Community Resource Center in Pana`ewa is a college & community project funded by Housing & Urban Development (HUD) through its Office of University Partnership to assist Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities.  The project, fondly known as “Kamoleao,” is a partnership project with HawaiiCC, the Pana`ewa Hawaiian Home Lands Community Association, and Ha`ola, Inc.

Although the construction of an 1800 square foot building that will include a certified kitchen, bathrooms, and a large classroom is currently undergoing the bidding process, Kamoleao’s team of devoted volunteers and staff continue to host adult and youth groups to help sustain the Kamoleao community garden.

This summer from July 5 – 28, Kamoleao hosted 14 Alu Like youth workers and 3 youth volunteers ranging in ages 14 – 18.  Weed removal, rock planter-bed formations, trail maintenance, railing structures, and garden maintenance were done by the youth.  Other sustainable activities the youth engaged in included hydroponics, backyard composting, native & non-native plant identification, homemade ginger ale, and Hawaiian natural farming techniques.   Project crew utilized the `aina to connect with these young individuals in a special and unique way.   All of the youth want to return to Kamoleao in Summer 2012.

Mahalo to our Summer Kamoleao crew:  Suilan Hookano, Christopher Jacobsen, Polly Varize, Brandy Iyo, Donna Madrid, & Donnalyn Kalei.

For more information about Kamoleao, please call Donnalyn Kalei or Donna Madrid at 933-0701.

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