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March 5th - Mad Hatter Garden Party at the O'ahu Club  Community group holds event for endangered wetland bird.‘Alae’ula found nesting in Hawaii Kai:  3:30 to 6:30 PM at The Oahu Club, Hawaii Kai Drive, Honolulu 96825 Price: $20 per person,  Casual dress w/fun, expressive hat.  Includes: Music by Jive Nene, Ono Pasta Bar, Guest Speakers, Door Prizes!   HAWAII KAI Community group Livable Hawaii Kai Hui together with The Oahu Club will hold a fundraiser to help with restoration efforts to improve the wetland habitat located in Hawaii Kai off Hawaii Kai Drive.  Keawawa is a spring-fed estuarine wetland. Estuarine wetlands occur where freshwater meets the ocean, and the resulting brackish system is a nursery ground for young fish and shellfish, which are prey species for native birds and coastal fisheries. Keawawa wetland provides habitat for indigenous ‘auku‘u (black-crowned night heron), endemic pinao (giant green darner dragonfly), various species of native damselflies, endangered ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt), and 3-9 of the estimated 300 to 400 remaining endangered ‘alae ‘ula (Hawaiian moorhen). According to USFWS, ideal habitat for ‘alae ‘ula is dense emergent vegetation near open water with shallow water depths and fresh water. Keawawa wetland provides such a habitat and the ‘alae ‘ula now have approximately 2 broods of chicks there per year. The ‘alae ‘ula have not been documented at Keawawa wetland in recent US Fish and Wildlife Service Surveys (USFWS Recovery Plan had no record of ‘alae ‘ula in the area from 1999-2003) but kupuna (elders) of the area speak of their steady presence at Keawawa fishpond in the past.  Livable Hawaii Kai Hui is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and nonpartisan community action group serving East Honolulu since 2004. The Hui’s mission is “...to encourage grass roots organization, community awareness and education of laws, rules and regulations that guide sensible growth and development to enhance the quality of life for residents, focusing on the preservation of the agricultural lands in Kamilo Nui Valley, natural watersheds and adequate open spaces and community stewardship for the protection of watersheds, wetlands, natural and scenic resources and cultural and historic areas in East Honolulu.” The Hui's most recent accomplishment involved working with the State Office of Planning to change the makai lands of the Ka Iwi coast from urban to conservation. Another key milestone in the Hui's development has been the launch of the Aloha 'Aina o Kamilo Nui educational program, which promotes community agriculture in Maunalua.   

Media release for more information in larger print.   PRINT THE POSTER .......... PRINT INVITATION CARD


OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PLANT SALE IS GOING ON NOW ! Pick up your holiday plant at Aloha Aina O Kamilonui Valley farm in Hawaii Kai's Kamilonui Valley. It is the last farm on the right. Look for the sign.  Pick up is right after Thanksgiving.  Three days are available:  12 noon till 2pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (26th, 27th, and 28th)......you must have your tickets to get your plants.  All proceeds benefit Livable Hawaii Kai Hui and our task to to save the Valley and keep it in Agriculture in perpetuity.  Your donation is tax deductable.  Please make checks payable to Livable Hawaii Kai Hui....call 864-8081 or email hawaiikaihui@aol.com and we will get the tickets to you ASAP.  Plants are $10.00 each and decorative foil is 50 cents extra. Use our handy PAYPAL button below !  

11-27-10 Each year on the last Saturday in November, the Hawaii Kai Lions Club and Koko Marina Shopping Center sponsor a HOLIDAY PARADE.

MAHALOS ! The HOLIDAY PARADE started at 10:00 a.m. from Kamiloiki District Park, and traveled down Lunalilo Home Road for about 1.5 miles, and ended at Koko Marina Shopping Center. We would like to thank the volunteers that helped create our float and transform it into a Christmas Wonderland. Volunteers who rode on the float helped spread Holiday cheer while handing out small plants that were provided by Charles Nii Nursery and R&S Nii Nursery.  

2010 Lion's Club  Xmas Parade in Hawaii Kai!   MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL WHO SUPPORT OUR UNIQUE AGRICULTURE LAND IN HAWAII  KAI.  (Holiday plants are still for sale, see below.)  PARADE VIDEO - www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vu5SGe5Ixw

9-4-10 - Sept. 4th (Saturday), from 3:00 - 5:30 PM  Join us at the  Mad Hatter Tea Party, a gathering to benefit the Hawai'i Kai wetland project at the O'ahu Club.  RSVP to Kaumaka Wong at kaumakawong@yahoo.com  or #221-0555. $15.00 per person,

Sport you favorite hat, bring your own tea cup, shop the silent auction, enjoy tasty finger sandwiches, decadent sweets and tea!  Come learn about the history and restoration efforts of our wetland project and the rehabilitation of the endangered 'Alae'ula nesting grounds. 

7-4-10  Livable Hawaii Kai Hui sponsored a couple booths/tents at the Independence Day Event at the Bay.   Showcased were Kamilo Nui Valley, E. Honolulu Wetlands, and Aloha `Aina `O Kamilo Nui - www.kamilonuivalley.org  Pictured: left to right: Glen Nii, Elizabeth Reilly, Mardi LaPrade, her son, Gayle Carr, Tom Yamabe, and Evangeline Yacuk. Also, many Mahalos to Evangeline and Kaumaka (Heidi) Wong for donating their time facepainting the Keiki. See you  next year in  2011 !

7-4-10 Join us at Maunalua Bay to celebrate the 4th of July ! Print/View the poster

6-26-10  Click here for a clear view  of the Kai Iwi Invitation-Come Celebrate with us.

November 28, 2009 - JINGLE BELLS, JINGLE BELLS.  For a third year in a row Livable Hawaii Kai Hui will showcase Kamilo Nui Valley in Hawaii Kai's Annual Koko Marina Center-Hawaii Kai Lion's Club Keiki Kalikimaka parade Saturday, Nov. 28 at 10am. We are looking for kids to be on the float and Santa Helpers to build the float. Call for VolunteersThe Holiday Season is right around the corner and the Livable Hawai'i Kai Hui would like to ask any of our members, friends or family that might be available to help construct and ready our Christmas Parade Float on Friday, 11/27/2009 beginning at 8am in Kamilonui Valley, we could sure use your help.  If you are available and would like to help, please contact myself or Elizabeth at hawaiikaihui@aol.com for an official/unofficial head count of volunteers.  We ask that you bring a screw gun if you have one or some basic tools such as a hammer or screw driver.  We are also looking for some donations of items for the float.  If you are interested in donating specific items needed, please contact me. We would also like to invite our members to participate in the Hawai'i Kai Christmas Parade.  Saturday, 11/28/09 beginning at 9am.  The parade officially begins at 10am.  We are looking for keiki to ride on the float with Santa and helpers to walk along side the float to pass out small plants.   We will also need help breaking down the float once the parade is finished.  We would appreciate any help we can get! 

October 10, 2009 

KGMB9 news report - http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/21876/40/    VIDEO CLIP

    Opens at 10:00 a.m. with the blessed New Hope Hawaii Kai band performing “God Bless America”, followed immediately by:

Plant Sale and Farmers Market   -   10 to 11 a.m.

Special Appearance:  by music award winning band

Bounce House and Kid Games   -   throughout day !!!

Teach-Ins”  -   Guest Speakers

Community Organizations – Informational Booths

Guided Walking Tours 

Kau kau available all day

 Questions?  Comments?  Please contact Pam Kam, Community Liaison to Representative Gene Ward, @ 358-9145.   See you on Saturday, October 10, 2009 ! 

May 2nd, 2009          http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20090430/GETPUBLISHED/904290410/-1 

Donna Wong to Speak at East Honolulu Community Gathering this Saturday   -  Jeannine Johnson
Reader Submitted

Environmental, cultural and community advocate Donna Wong will be the guest speaker at the Livable Hawaii Kai Hui annual meeting this Saturday at Kuapa Isle Club House at 1 PM.

Wong was most recently awarded by Governor Linda Lingle and the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women the 2009 Women's History Month award. Indru Watumull and Dr. Donnis Thompson are the previous winners of the award.

Wong will be speaking on community and planning. The public is encouraged to attend this free gathering.

Additional open conversation will include past and future efforts to protect and preserve Ka Iwi, Kamilo Nui Valley and the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan. Additional community subjects are welcomed.

The meeting is schedule from 1 2:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 864-8081 or go to: www.hawaiikaihui.org.

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April, 16, 2009 - Livable Hawaii Kai Hui co-sponsors the Town Hall Meeting regarding shark tour activities in the Maunalua Bay.  TOWN HALL SHARK MEETING REPORT

2008 below

On November 29th, 2008 Livable Hawaii Kai Hui celebrated in the Hawaii Kai Lion's Club Holiday Parade to help kick off the Season.  Our Xmas float was decorated with plants and colorful arrangements from the Kamilo Nui Valley.  Our lead car was a classic roadster that transported the original farmers from Kamilo Nui Valley.  The presentation was enjoyed by local residents that lined the sidewalks of Lunalilo Home Road.  The parade ended at Koko Marina Shopping Center where many more festivities were taking place.  Livable Hawaii Kai Hui would like to thank all the community members and supporters that donated their time and supplies to build the large float .

Photos from the Hawaii Kai Lion's Club Holiday Parade and LHKH Poinsettia Plant Sale in Kamilo Nui Valley can be viewed in the photoshows below. 

http://www.photoshow.com/watch/jb9hY4XI    Video photoshop link from Oceanic Cable.

http://www.photoshow.com/watch/Hr4tc4gn   Long Version - Holiday Parade


Nov  2008 - Thank you to all that purchased Poinsettias from Kamilo Nui Valley


Our booth provided free face painting with a steady stream of  keiki throughout the day and early evening. While parents waited they were given the option to sign our Kamilo Nui Valley petition, learn about the valley, it's history, and it's importance to the community and Hawaii's need for sustainability. 

The booth was decorated with colorful banners depicting the natural resources that are found in Kamilo Nui Valley.  3-D glasses were also availble for a small donation with proceeds going towards saving the Ka Iwi Coastline. Mahalo to all that attended this memorable event!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=c5BurJhk1l8          http://youtube.com/watch?v=lS6Jc-Gj1aI    



Maunalua Makai Watch Training Sessions Saturdays: July12, 19, 26, 2008 - 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Koko Head District Park, Room B

Please sign up today.  Deadline to register is July 3, 2008.

Malama Maunalua seeks volunteers for Makai Watch training.  The mission of Malama Maunalua is to conserve and restore a healthy and productive Maunalua Bay through community kuleana (responsibility). If you live, work, or play in the Maunalua Bay area in southeastern O`ahu, the upcoming training sessions for Maunalua Makai Watch may be an opportunity for you to learn more about and kokua this special place.     

Malua Makai Watch is a program of Malama Maunalua that involves partners including the Department of Land and Natural Resources, The Nature Conservancy, Malama Hawai`i and the Community Conservation Network. The goal of Makai Watch is to enhance the management of near-shore marine resources by providing community members an opportunity to become directly involved in this management. We are looking for volunteers ages 16 and above who can commit to giving at least four hours a month for one year.
Training is free --- rewards are priceless!

Volunteers will be trained over three sessions, all covering different topics. These sessions will involve classroom learning, as well as several site visits of the Maunalua Bay area which extends from Koko Head’s Kawaihoa Point to Black Point (Kupikipiki’o). Information will be shared on topics including: Malama Maunalua, the organization; history and geography of Maunalua Bay; basic ecology of Maunalua Bay (resources, major threats, and restoration strategies); existing Bay regulations and common violations; fish and limu species identification; biological monitoring; human use monitoring; alien algae removal projects, and other ways for community involvement. 

For more information contact:  Lance “Mahi” LaPierre, Maunalua Makai Watch Coordinator lapierre@hawaii.edu ~ (808)282-4611cell  ~  www.malamamaunalua.org


On June 21st, starting at 5:30pm, area residents can learn about the rich history of the Maunalua region via the Hui Maunalua cultural website, which will have a launching event Saturday, June 21, at the Koko Head District Park Community Center, 423 Kaumakani St.

Tokio "Uncle Fishy" Jodoi, 90  holding a painting of the Kuapa Fishpond dating back to the 1930s  is among the kupuna who will be featured on a new community website, www.maunalua.net  Jodoi's family was one of three families in the early 1900s that worked at Kuapa Fishpond.

 Starting at 5:30 p.m., guests can listen to local kupuna or elders, watch short movies, view historical photos and participate in a question-and-answer session."Meet some of the kupuna and those involved in putting the Web site together," urged Elizabeth Reilly, president of Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, a nonprofit community organization.

"The Web site — designed and produced by Hui member Ann Marie Kirk — is a labor of love and a unique gift that I believe will start a trend throughout Hawaii," she said.

According to Reilly, Hui Maunalua is made up of community members from East Oahu who are interested in helping to establish and maintain "a sense of place."

They do this through unfolding and connecting the stories of the past as lived by area kupuna, and sharing them via the new Web site, which looks at the cultural and historical sites and people from Aina Haina to Waimanalo.

Purpose of the Web site is to learn about the history of Maunalua through interviews, storytelling, pictures, short movies with elders and historians, and research done by Hui Maunalua.

"To be a part of telling the story of the Maunalua region is something I've wanted to do for a very long time," Kirk shared. "The Maunalua region has a long and fascinating history. I felt there should be a place where this information can be easily accessed by people."

The Hui Maunalua website, www.maunalua.net  will go public on Sunday, June 22. For more info, send an e-mail to huimaunalua@maunalua.net.


May 2008....A big Mahalo to all that supported our 1st LHKH fundraiser!  It was great to get members of our community back into the Kamilo Nui Valley.  It was so amazing to hear how many folks had never seen the farm lots and were totally  impressed that they could travel just around the corner and find themselves in a  country setting.  Remember, don't overwater the orchids!

KOKO CRATER YOUTUBE VIDEO    :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwaLGuqmlIM   

Rally in support of keeping Koko Crater Trail accessible

WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008 prior to the HK Neighborhood Board meeting

WHERE: Hahaione Elementary School

WHY: To voice public support at the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board monthly meeting as this item is on the agenda under New Business

HOW: A public show of support, reinforced with posters conveying POSITIVE messages

HAWAII KAI  A rally is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008, at 6:30 p.m. at Hahaione School to show public support of keeping the City from closing access to Koko Crater Trail. The rally will precede the monthly Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting set to begin at 7 p.m. The HKNB has this very emotional issue on its agenda for public discussion. 

 Background: On the morning of Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, city employees erected signs stating that the trail was closed due to the possibility of trail users being hit with live fire from the gun range to the southeast. Exercise enthusiasts and avid hikers of the trail inquired with the city, the state and the firing range regarding the authorization of the signs. The Mayor’s office said it had no information about the signs. The first of two news releases issued by the City that afternoon defended the signs. City Parks Director Lester Chang said “Increasing popularity of the undeveloped trail led to the action.”  Issued an hour later, the second news release indicated that the City would remove the signs because they were posted without consulting the community. Its first opportunity to consult with the community will be at the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2008.

The Hawaii Kai Hui holds forth that the trail is a vital and beautiful component of the East Honolulu lifestyle. The trail is promoted in travel guides and is visited by tourists from all over the world. Nearby residents climb the summit each day in pursuit of fitness and the reward of a breathtaking 360-degree view. Canoe clubs often run the trail to help their crews build stamina and increase cardio performance. Children with families and scouting organizations are often seen climbing to the summit. The Koko Crater Trail represents a healthy lifestyle. It is wrong to close down a trail because the City says it is too popular. A trail’s popularity should be the catalyst for its preservation for many generations!

The public is invited to participate in this rally to keep Koko Crater Trail open and the Hawaii Kai Neighborhood Board meeting that follows. Hawaii’s trails are important to its citizens and to its tourism industry. Help us find solutions that will keep all of Hawaii’s trails accessible!

 Livable Hawaii Kai Hui supports the community effort to keep the trail open. 

Please get active and volunteer to help! 

Contact community champion Paula at the address below:



February 2nd, 2008 - Beach Access Protest on Saturday the 2nd from 10am till 12 noon.   More information posted on the Beach Access page!


December 2007 - Livable Hawaii Kai Hui is this year's brand new entry in the Hawaii Kai Lions Club Parade November 24th 2007starting at 10am.  Please come out  to see us and for more information  please read the article in the Honolulu Advertiser's East Oahu People:  keiki parade


October 2007


The Annual Recycling event  for 2007 was a great success and another one is planned for Next Year 2008

 This Project's effort is to conserve our future by recycling the past to enhance and preserve Hawaii's beauty with the kokua of our communities.  Community members are encouraged to drop-off, or schedule a pick-up for their recyclable items.  "KUPAIANAHA"  is good for you and your community.


The community came out to support the Farmers, our open spaces, and the integrity of the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan. 

                        January 26 - Thursday night at Hahaione School - 6:00 pm


 Livable Hawaii Kai Hui is looking for community input. Please come and support us.  Let your voice be heard.  Community participation is our best defense in Saving Kamilonui Valley. If you have any suggestions please contact us. Neighborhood Board meetings are also a great way to let YOUR voice be heard.


Hawaii Kai residents rallied behind the farmers who are fighting the development of Kamilonui Valley. The group came face to face with the landowner, Kamehameha Schools at a meeting in Hawaii Kai on January 26, 2006. Livable Hawaii Kai Hui provided the community with informational materials regarding zoning changes and how amendments to the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan could change our Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) and take away our OPEN SPACES FOREVER..   

The opposition grew as it was a packed house at Hahaione School. Residents came out to oppose the development and support the farmers. The landowner, Kamehameha Schools wants to sell the land and the developer has long been interested in buying the land and building more homes on the 87 acres. He has played a major role in the development boom of Hawaii Kai, where more than 1,000 homes have been built in recent years.

Some of the farmers and their families have been farming in Hawaii Kai for over 40 years and in Kamilonui Valley since 1969. The farmers are not sure how much longer they will be able to lease their land.  Many prefer to stay.  It has been too much work moving around.  The farmers have been relocated too many times over the years and consider the valley their home. Senator Hemmings sent his Communications specialist William Shapiro to deliver the message that the Senator stands with those who want to save the Valley to: retain its agricultural nature and not be rezoned.  The Senator agrees with Councilman Djou, also at the meeting.  In his remarks, Councilman Djou emphasized that no requests had been made with the Council to rezone the Valley to permit residential development YET.

Most Hawaii Kai residents are up in arms.  Residents are frustrated and say that "enough is enough". Residents came together to support the farmers who want to stay and oppose development of the valley that is zoned for agriculture.  "It is rather sad because KV is one of the last remaining agricultural areas Hawaii Kai has."  Farmers leases expire in 2025 and most will begin their lease negotiations with KS in 2010.  It is hoped that the lease rents will be fair.

The landowner insists it has every intention of honoring the farmers leases and that they are not getting kicked out. KS said they will not be forcing out the farmers, but some farmers fear they will be forced out if KS raises their lease rent and they can no longer afford to stay. The Community has spoken out over the past couple years as to how more development will effect  Hawaii Kai. 

We have already reached our maximum capacity. The community hopes that KS will listen to these concerns as it will effect infrastructure and our valuable and one of a kind ecosystem that surrounds our ocean environment.

Newspaper and TV has covered this issue for many months. KS told the crowd they have no other agreements pending when their current contract with the developer expires.  KS says that when the 6-8 mo. time frame on the contract expires, there are no other plans. The developer has to get all the farmers to agree to sell out to make this happen. KS says the farmers should come talk to them about their lease rents.  Some of the farmers were mis-represented when the developer went into this agreement with KS back in September..

Over 250 community members participated in the January 26th meeting sponsored by Livable Hawaii Kai Hui. Many more petitions were filled with signatures.  I will close this events page with a small paragraph from Bud Stonebraker's newsletter: "I asked if Kamehameha Schools would reconsider their  plans, recognizing that profit should not be the sole driver in their decision.  Farming, as productive as it is, is only one of many reasons for preservation.  This Valley represents the soul of our "culture and community" and provides much needed breathing room from development. Building simply has to stop in Hawaii Kai. Representative Stonebraker is in the process of renewing his request to the Office of Planning for a Boundary Review for Kamilo Nui Valley.  This will open the door for a reclassification of the land from its current status of Urban to Agricul-ture.  Councilman Djou has also committed to a similar request."  They hope that their combined efforts will help get the process underway.

We would like to thank all that took time to support this meeting as it was highly successful. Livable Hawaii Kai Hui would like to thank our invited guests and speakers listed below..

Councilman Charles Djou and his assistant Francisco Figueiredo, Senator Sam Slom, Mr. Wm. Shapiro (for Senator Hemmings), Representative Bud Stonebraker, Representative Lyla Berg, Mr. Giorgio Caldarone (KS),  Mr. Don Bremner (DPP), Mrs. Judy Nii (Farmers in KV), Mr. Tom Yamabe(KV farmer), Mrs.Lehua Lopez Mau (facilitator), and the 7 Board of Directors of Livable Hawaii Kai Hui.


 A great turnout of concerned citizens happened on  TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2005

What's Happening in our Backyard
Tuesday, September 20, 2005

As a result of this meeting over 150 community members came to show their support for keeping the Urban Growth Boundary as is, and for supporting the East Honolulu Sustainable Communities Plan.

Livable Hawaii Kai Hui would also like to thank the following people for their support and for speaking at the meeting.  Special thanks to Lehua Lopez Mau for facilitating our meeting.

Senator Fred Hemmings, Councilman Charles Djou, Jeannie Parnell (Pres.Honolulu League of Woman Voters, Jacquelyn Miller (U.H. Environmental Studies), Thomas Yamabe (Kamilonui Valley Farmer), Neil Hannahs and Giorgio Caldarone-representing Kamehameha Schools.