Kamoleao Project Update

The Kamoleao Laulima Community and Resource Center (fondly known as Kamoleao) project is a partnership between Hawai’i Community College and the Pana`ewa Hawaiian Homelands Community Association (PHHLCA) that is funded by the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – Office of University Partnerships (OUP) to assist Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian Institutions Assisting Communities.  The goal of the Kamoleao grant award is to construct a certified kitchen with a multi-purpose classroom that the Pana`ewa community will operate and manage on its own with the support of Hawai’i Community College.

The Kamoleao vision is to provide a cultural and educational center that promotes Hawaiian culture & education, economic development and environmental stewardship that strengthens individuals, families, and the community.  Since November 2009, the project has hosted 190 workday Saturdays at Kamoleao.  A total of 3,175 volunteers have contributed their labor to landscape maintenance and community garden work. Out of the 3,175 volunteers, 813 were community-status inmates from Hawai’i Community Correctional Center (HCCC), 781 youth under 18 years old, and 1,391 college students and community volunteers.

Other contributing partners to the Kamoleao project include: Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center who provide funding for feeding volunteers; Claudia Wilcox-Boucher of the Hawaii Food Basket provides fresh produce and snacks; Professor of Forest Team, Orlo Steele, for referring Forest Team major internship opportunities; Agriculture Instructor, Christopher Jacobsen, who provides expertise in “natural farming” and food security; Culinary Arts Professor – Allen Okuda who has been our main source of ice for our water/juice coolers; former instructor, Kihei Nahale-a, who authored the entrance chant (mele komo) whenever we enter Kamoleao on workday Saturdays.

Although during the academic year, we designate workday Saturdays during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Human Services practicum students, Forest Team student interns, Kamehameha Schools scholarship recipients, Hawai’i CC & UHH college students at-large come to Kamoleao to do their community service hours.  Instructors who have referred students to our project include:  Valerie Hafford (Interdisciplinary Skills lecturer); Polly Varize (AJ 150 – Corrections lecturer); Ann Mejia (AJ 101 lecturer); Claudia Wilcox-Boucher (Social Sciences faculty); Sandy Claveria (Human Services faculty).

We are excited to announce that construction will commence soon, so stay tuned.  Anyone wanting more information about the Kamoleao project can contact project assistant, Donna Madrid, at (808) 934 – 2638 or email her at dhkaneko@hawaii.edu.


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