Keeping the dream alive at Kamoleao

February 7, 2015 was the first Kamoleao workday of the Spring 2015 semester. (More workdays are schedule throughout the semester; see flyer below for details).

As part of an ongoing partnership between Hawaii Community College and the Pana`ewa community, community members and students come together to help maintain the native landscape at Kamoleao located behind Longs Drug Store in the Prince Kuhio Plaza on the corner of Ohu Ohu and Pu`ainako Streets.

Hawaii CC programs that contribute to the Kamoleao project include, but are not limited to, the Administration of Justice, Substance Abuse Counseling, Agriculture, Forest TEAM, and Culinary Arts. Members of the community that volunteered this past Saturday were: Milton Kalai (VP of PHHLCA; Elizabeth “Tita” Kaeha, Finance Committee Chair of PHHLCA; Aunty Nani Kaeha, Secretary of PHHLCA; Bobby Yockman (Pana`ewa resident); Pomai Kaeha (Age-6). All of whom are Pana`ewa residents.

Students learn from stories shared by Pana`ewa residents about the Kamoleao area, native plant uses by their kupuna (elder), and the future dreams to construct a certified kitchen and multipurpose room facility to host programs and to house the Pana`ewa Hawaiian Homelands Association (PHHLCA) and Pana`ewa Community Alliance which is the non-profit/administrative arm of PHHLCA.

Next Kamoleao workday Saturdays set for Spring 2015 semester are Feb 21, Mar 7 & 21, April 4 & 18, & May 2.

For more information, please call Donna Madrid at 934-2638 or email her at

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