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The Second Annual Papakōlea Pā’inathemed E Nānā I Ke Kumu, is a community gathering honoring our kūpuna and celebrating community resiliency on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 10 am to 3 pm, at the Papakōlea Community Park.  Tickets are priced at $35 per adult ticket ($10 for Keiki Tickets). Ticket holders will receive an ‘ono Hawaiian plate, court access to the concert, access to a marketplace of local vendors, and cultural demonstrations.  Ticket sales will cease once 350 tickets are sold.  Click here to purchase your Pāʻina Tickets.

Confirmed Artists

  1. 10:15 am – Pomaika’i Lyman and the Keawe ‘Ohana
  2. 11:15 am – Keauhou
  3. 12:45 pm – Kuana Torres Kahele
  4. 1:45 pm – Natalie Ai Kamauu

Special Guests

  1. Aunty Nina Keali’iwahamana
  2. Kelina Eldridge, 2017 Miss Aloha Hula
  3. Hālau Hula O Nāpunaheleonāpua
  4. Hālau Kaulakahi
  5. Men of Hālau Nā Māmo O Pu’uanahulu

Marketplace Vendors

  1. ‘Aha Kāne / Koi Kompany
  2. Aloha Medical Mission
  3. Bill Quinlan
  4. Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
  5. Cecilia Silva
  6. Hoalahou Farm / Lanakila Catering
  7. Honis for Days
  8. J Hawaiian Totes & Things (2)
  9. Kalihi-Palama Civic Club (3)
  10. Ke Ola Mamo
  11. Leialoha’s Lane
  12. LipSense with Haililani Latu
  13. LiveSoreHawaii
  14. LuLaRoe with Tatiana Kekauoha
  15. Na Maka Kahiko
  16. Nā Mea Hawai’i
  17. Pono Home
  19. Tavala
  20. The Bracelet Place
  21. Vahine Oviri
  22. Xerveo

Cultural Demonstrations

  1. Awa Bar
  2. Lomi
  3. Ku’i Kalo
  4. Wooden Weaponry


  1. Five scholarships for college-bound students
  2. 2017 Papakōlea Cultural Practitioner Award
  3. 2017 Papakōlea Living Legacy Award.

Save $5 and Buy Pre-Sale Cool Fit Shirts and T-Shirts

Click here to purchase pre-sale shirts online at the Papakōlea Virtual Pop-up.

This year, the 2nd Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina proceeds will support the Papakōlea Community Scholarship Program, and other educational initiatives. Click the bottom below to make a donation to PCDC for this purpose.

The Papakōlea Community Development Corporation (PCDC) is a 501(c)3 community-based nonprofit, established in 1999, to serve as a steward of the Papakōlea Community Park and Center, and provide the residents of the Papakōlea, Kewalo, and Kalāwahine, with a full range of comprehensive services.  PCDC is coordinating this event with the support of Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, another community-based nonprofit that exists to provide educational and health services to the residents of the Hawaiian Homestead communities of Papakōlea, Kewalo, and Kalāwahine; and the Genoa Keawe Foundation, a nonprofit established, in honor of the late Papakōlea community member and legendary Hawaiian musician, to preserve and promote traditional Hawaiian music, culture, and language.

For more information about the event, contact Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, at 808.520.8998 or e-mail papakoleapaina@gmail.ocm.  For more information about sponsoring organizations, see below.

Papakōlea Community Development Corporation
Lilia Kapuniai

Kula No Nā Poʻe Hawaiʻi
Adrienne Dillard

Genoa Keawe Foundation
Eric Keawe



Kupua’e Kauwela 2017 Highlights

PAPAKŌLEA, HI – The Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, Kupua’e, wrapped-up on Friday, July 28th, with an impressive hō’ike.  Kupua’e began on July 3rd with 22 keiki, ages 3-7.  Through culture-based programming and the use of ‘ōlelo Hawai’i, Kupua’e offered the keiki of Papakōlea a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in mea Hawai’i, as a pathway to school readiness.

This year, keiki went on four engaging huaka’i where they learned about our sacred stones, makahiki games, wa’a culture, and maintenance of our loko i’a. They visited Kūkaniloko, Ala Moana Beach Park, Kānehūnāmoku, and Paepae o He’eia.  Special activities included making pala’ie, music and ukulele lessons, youth financial literacy activities, and ku’i kalo with our kūpuna.  The short video below highlights a sampling of activities coordinated through Kupua’e.

Kupua‘e is made possible through support from Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., Kamehameha Schools, The Cooke Foundation, Blue Wing Ki’i, Hawaiian Community Assets, Kalehulani, LLC, Koki Kitchen, Lincoln Elementary School, Polynesian Adventure Tours, CNHA’s Hawaiian Way Fund, Harold Johnston, the Waiau ‘Ohana, Kaleihau Kamauu, Lehua Matsuoka, Peter W. Moon, Matt & Moki Asperilla, and the PCDC Board of Directors. Mahalo nui to all partners and community members for making Kupua‘e a reality.

For more information about Kupua‘e or the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation, contact Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, PCDC Executive Director, at 808.520.8998 or


Kupua‘e 2016 Final Report Published

In 2016, PCDC implemented its first summer youth program, Kupua‘e, utilizing ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i as its foundation in providing culture-based education, to 25 keiki of Papakōlea, ages 3-7. The program was incredibly successful by increasing access to ‘olelo Hawai‘i and culture-based programming, and promoting school readiness for pre-kindergarten/kindergarten levels.  The 2016 Final Report is available for download and review by clicking here.

PCDC is preparing for 2017 programming and will be distributing applications in May 2017.  If you have any questions or are interested in receiving an application in May, e-mail Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, Executive Director, at  Mahalo.

Kupua’e Haumana Receive Awards

Three haumana (students) of Kupua‘e, Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, received awards from Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Ānuenue today. Teuila Tuasivi received the Po‘okela Award for academic excellence and appropriate behavior. Kysyn Kauahipaula-Guerrero-Wilson and Kape‘a Perez received the Kilohana Award for demonstrated effort and significant progress. Ho‘omaika‘i (Congratulations) to our keiki of Papakōlea.

Awarded keiki featured left to right: Teuila Tuasivi, Kysyn Kauahipaula-Guerrero-Wilson, & Kape’a Perez.

Kupua‘e, the Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, is a program of the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation, established in 2016 to serve keiki, ages 3-7, through Hawaiian language- and culture-based programming.





Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou!

Happy New Year 2017!

Wishing you and your ‘ohana a year filled with joy, happiness and prosperity. So many exciting programs and events planned for the Papakōlea Hawaiian homestead community – Homestead Housing Briefing, Scholarship Fair, the Annual ‘Ohana Health Fair, the Papakōlea Pā ‘ina, Kupua‘e, and more. Stay tuned for more information and updates.

Me ke aloha pumehana, Lilia Kapuniai, PCDC Executive Director

Papakōlea Summer Youth Program Wraps-Up

On Friday, July 29th, Kupua’e wrapped-up with a Hō‘ike presented by 23 keiki and four kumu at the Papakōlea Community Center.  The keiki took the audience of over 100 community members through their four-week journey of lessons learned relating to their homestead, lo’i kalo, loko i’a, and more.

“I am proud of each keiki and our kumu, for their commitment to Kupua’e, and what we set-out to achieve,” stated Ms. Lilia Kapuniai, Executive Director of Papakōlea Community Development Corporation.  “For most of the keiki, this was an introduction to Hawaiian language- and culture-based education, and they loved it.”

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I am thrilled that we were able to fulfill this vision of our community leaders, while engaging with third-fourth generation homesteaders of Papakōlea,” Kapuniai continued. Some interesting program statistics include:

  • 23 keiki enrolled, with 7 attending Hawaiian language- and culture-based schools;
  • 90% of respondents reported increased sharing of Hawaiian words, mele or oli at home; and
  • 95% of respondents reported their keiki were satisfied-very satisfied with Kupua’e; and
  • 100% of respondents believes Hawaiian language- and culture-based educational programs are important-very important.

Kupua‘e, the Papakōlea Summer Youth Program, was established in the summer of 2016 to serve keiki, ages 3-7, through Hawaiian language- and culture-based programming.  Kupua’e started on Tuesday, July 5th, with maximum enrollment, and ended with the Hō‘ike on Friday, July 29th.  Mahalo nui to our team of kumu and support, comprised of ‘Iolani Kamauoha Uli’i, Kahanu Walker, Kalehua Oliveira, Kaumuali’i Titcomb, and Kekaimalu Piena.

The program was made possible through support from First Hawaiian Bank, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc., the Hawaiian Way Fund, Hawaiian Community Assets, Kula No Na Po‘e Hawai‘i, Lincoln Elementary School, Malama ‘Āina Foundation, Peter Terry, Harold Johnston, and Polynesian Adventure Tours.

Papakōlea Homestead Community Float Ties for 2nd

Papakōlea homestead community ties for 2nd place Float in the 100th Annual King Kamehameha Day Floral Parade on June 11, 2016.  In 11 short days, community leaders designed a concept, coordinated resources and built a beautiful float highlighting cultural activities alive and vibrant in our community. This is the first float entered in nearly a decade.  A huge mahalo to the leaders, contributors and community that made our participation a huge success. The following slideshow highlights contributions, hard work and positive energy that went into the float.  Papakōlea Proud!

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