Ho’olua 2011 Bridge To Miracles Celebration

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Ho’olu’a, in reflection, is thankful for the fellowship of community and organizations, that brought with it many blessings.  We are thankful for the thoughtful kako’o of organizations such as Hawaiian Civic Club of Waimanalo, Waimanalo Hawaiian Homestead Association, The Ho Ohana, The Keanu ‘Ohana, Men’s Ministry, Kupuna Church, Joyful Community Church, St. Mathews Episcopal church, Na Wahine, Brave Heart, Blanche Pope Elementary School, Waimanalo Elementary School, Na Pono No Na Ohana, Partners in Development Foundation, God’s Country, Waimanalo Youth & Family Collaboration, Friends of Waimanalo, Kahu’s Fred Welsh, Mike Kahumoku, Paul Akau, Ryan Kalama, Herb Sniffen, Bishop Suzi of Gathering Place of Gods Ministries, Andy Sexton and the numerous members of our community who wish to remain nameless, we offer this years “Bridge to Miracles” celebration, to you, in silent prayer of thanksgiving….You are lovedRed heart

Wrapping up 2011 is much more than a challenge, it is a miracle! The 3rd annual Hali’i Christmas Celebration, 2nd annual Makahiki, our 3rd annual Thanksgiving and Giving Tree ministry, 1st annual Cozy Christmas outreach, 1st annual Christmas Eve dinner in the parks celebration, and plans for greater outreach in 2012, that will strengthen the very fabric of our communities.  What a wonderful year it was, as we give thanks for Ke Akua’s gift of fellowship and Aloha.

We faced many adversities together, and that’s what made us successful as one……. One Community, One Family, One Heart, with one Goal, to strengthen community and families.  Ke Akua has blessed us all, as we continue the practice of passing those blessings on to others…….

2011 brought with it greater bonds and opportunities to fellowship and collaborate. 2012 brings with it greater hope, that we can continue to work together for the greater good of our community and its families.  Stronger families make for stronger communities, and strength comes from the Aloha that we nurture within the very fabric of each individual reach out to and touch.  Whether it’s spiritual teachings, a kind word, a hand up, a job, a hot meal, warm clothing, education, or working together for the good of all, we have shown, once again in 2011, that we can do it together. Let’s “One Up!” on 2011, in 2012!  Amene….


2011 brought with it a partnership between Ho’olu’a and the Hawaiian Civic Club, in the form of fiscal management.  This relationship will continue into 2012, as Ho’olu’a will now begin to work toward the establish of its financial independence from the stewardship of the Hawaiian Civic Club.  This is a major step forward for the development of Ho’olu’a.  The future of Ho’olu’a rests heavily on the expertise and quality of its support of Hawaiian culture, community and family, as our website will document this endeavor.


     One of the greatest assets that Ho’olu’a has to offer the future of our community, was the creation of its own website.  We are training one of our younger Hawaiian Civic Club members
to manage the website for us, as we plan to establish this website as the Hale for Waimanalo Ahupua’a, Ko’olaupoko Moku and Kanaka Maoli events, Ahahui mana’o, ‘Ohana Kuleana and Kumuhana.  2012 will see a greater tech presence.


How does one even begin to thank all the hands and hearts that helped plan and
execute such a wonderful event as this years Hali’i Christmas.  The sound of Keiki
filled the evening air, as families gathered to fellowship and just enjoy an evening of
“comfort and joy”.  Friday, November 30th 2012 has been selected as the date for our 4th
annual celebration, and it is a promise of continued Aloha, that this event brings
with it. Mark your calendars, and plan with your ‘Ohana to celebrate and fellowship
together, as ONE community and family.

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Kuulei Laughlin, outgoing Hawaiian Civic Club president
offering kokua to a very shy Christmas Ornament Parade
participant at our 3rd annual Hali’i Christmas Celebration
on December 2nd, 2011 (Friday)


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Incoming Hawaiian Civic Club president Beannie Koa.
and Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club member Nancy Cullen
assisting with the food service at Hali’i Christmas Celebration
2011, which was held at the Blanche Pope Elementary School


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Enjoying the many activities of Hali’i Christmas, several
of our Keiki Ornament participants were showing off their
stuff for the camera, prior to the competition.  Several of
the participants were powered with lighting.

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Marlene and Jonathan Keanu, and Shauna Kaneaiakala long time Hali’i Christmas
planning committee members, kokua with the food prep and
service. This year Marlene made the Jook, while the Ho ‘Ohana
made the Creamed Turkey. What an awesome combination!


Roy Brooks, Chairman

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