Po’e Waimanalo New Logo

GetAttachment (6)As the result of the work of many, work has begun with the creation of a new Waimanalo Po’e Logo, that we hope one day will represent the thoughts and deeds of the many.  The logo shown at left best describes the numerous mana’o of the name Waimanalo.  Knowing that it has a meaning of “Potable Water”, we are also aware that it has a much deeper meaning, which is that of “Hidden waters”.  It is from this mana’o that this logo was designed.  As Ho’olu’a endeavors to reach out to all of our community, with plans to support engagement at all levels, we will use this deeper meaning and logo, to mark the work that has been planned or accomplished.  Please join us, the Po’e as we build into this deeper meaning of Waimanalo.  As depicted in this logo, we have included the mountains, which provide the Wai, through the hidden streams, that lead to the Kai.  As these hidden streams reach the Kahakai, we can understand the deeper and profound richness that our waters provide to its people, as it secretly and hidden from site, works its way to the shore.

As a child growing up in Waimanalo, I remember fishing and diving along the Kahakai, and when thirsty, I could find one of these hidden and icy cold springs, on the ocean floor.  I could dive down to this spring and refresh myself with fresh mountain spring water.

Mahalo to the Public Relations firm of Lagrange and Associates for helping finalize this logo, and helping with the branding efforts associated with this new look.  You will begin to see this emblem on many of the projects associated with Ho’olu’a and its partners.  Please understand that this logo does not represent any organization, but more the people and thoughts of this community.


Waimanalo Kupuna History Digital Library Project…..

On December 20, 2013 we re-lived Hali’i Kalikimaka for the 5th straight year, and its experience did not disappoint.  The sound of children’s laughter and joy filled the evening air, along with the sounds of excitement, as families took home prize after prize, during the Bingo Tournament and Treasure hunt give-away’s.  If you stole away to the school library, you discovered yet another layer of excitement, that brought tears t your eyes.  That was the sound of children once again, meeting and receiving from Papa and Mama Kalikimaka.  Of course there was also the anxious activity of children diving through the Christmas tree size mound of stuffed animals, as they found their favorite, to take home with them.

Quietly, sequestered in the rear of the library you found a group of Kupuna, waiting their turn at having their history recorded, in digital format, as part of a new and developing project to create a historical library of Kupuna stories, that will be accessible to our students and community.  We are grateful to the Habilitat Production Company for offering their production services to preserve this legacy for and within our community.

We are hopeful that this information will be available for viewing access by students and community in the near future.  We will work with our school to determine how this will best happen.

Keiki O Ka Aina and IHS make the day a little brighter in Waimanalo….

How can we begin to thank our Ohana at Keiki O Ka Aina and IHS, for their loving consideration of Waimanalo and the Christmas holiday spirit.  To Momi Akana and Sonya Zabala of Keiki O Ka Aina, we are forever blessed with your kindred spirits, as we unloaded gift after gift at our annual Hali’i Kalikimaka 2013 from your staff members van.  How wonderful the spirit of Christmas, as it thrives in the hearts of your staff and program..

To the many souls that were touched with the outreach at Christmas, through the Institute of Human Services and the Adventist Church of Kailua, we are thankful.  Your presentation of gifts for the needy will be greatly appreciated at the annual gift giving festivities at St. George Catholic Church Waimanalo, this Saturday, between 10:am and 1:pm..

Giving Tree 2013, brighter than ever….

Knowing that things get tougher as the years pass, we are always prayerful that the hearts of many will continue to fill the needs of a few.  Expecting much less this year, we were excited to learn that our wish list fulfillment had exceeded expectations.  As our community schools at Blanche Pope Elementary and Waimanalo Elementary, once again participated in finding needy families, as recipients for this years Giving Tree project.  Blessings and gift giving through this years project exceeded all expectations, making 2013 a most enjoyable season for the families that were selected.  We extend special mahalo and greetings to principals Todd Watanabe of Blanche Pope Elementary and Noel Richardson of Waimanalo Elementary school, for their continued support of the annual ‘Giving Tree Project’, as well as our friends and families of the Castle Medical Center Outreach Ministries, and the Menehune of Hoolua.

Said the shepherd boy to the mighty …………..Do you know what I need?

Then there was the family with the little boy who came to ask if we could give them food, because they had none at home………….We took the little boy home to his families camp site, where we found his mother in tears.  She said that the Police had just informed them that they had to leave the beach immediately, and since their truck was not working, it would be towed away and all of their personal items would be confiscated.

Redirected, the little boys mother quickly corrected him and said that they just got their food stamps, so every thing was OK again.  But, clearly she was in anguish, as she stood over her mound of personal items, that they had quickly tossed into the back of their truck, that was not working.  This was her final act of defiance, to show that she could attempt to make things better for her three children and aging father, who all lived together at this site in Waimanalo.

Within a few minutes of our arrival, Akua was at work, as within an hour we had found a safe alternate site for this family, and a helpful tow wagon driver who moved their truck to this safe site.  Another call later, a community volunteer arrived with her truck to assist with moving all of this families belongings to the alternate site.  We left the family, as she quietly said “I will find a house, soon”.

Three weeks later, this little boy found me and said “We got a house and we are moving in around Christmas”.  Excitement filled his every word and expression.  Well as miracles would have it, two days before Christmas we were blessed with a truck load of Christmas gifts for this family, which included a new Bike for this little shepherd boy. But, its not over yet.  As Santa would have it, we learned that their truck was still broken and they could not move their household items into their new home. So, we saddled up the reindeer and headed off to fulfill a prayer from a little shepherd boy…….His prayers answered ours…Merry Christmas to all.

29 in one house, and they all agree to sacrifice…..

2013 has been a long, very long year for one very large and needy family living under the same roof in our community.  As the Giving Tree project took shape, and neared Christmas, there was little to be said about what each member of this very large family wanted for Christmas.  As their wish list moved from one to another in the circle gathered in the from yard, they listed items that were necessities, leaving the more extravagant  choices to the young children gathered in the same circle.  When the list was done, most adults were asking for pillows, blankets, clothing or food.  While the children were asking for new shoes, or bicycles from Santa.

In all, 29 requested some special gift for Christmas. But, when asked if they could have one gift, that the entire family could use, what would that be, and would they opt to have that item for Christmas instead of their personal choices?  All the adults shared that the one thing that the house needed was a generator, because they have been without electricity for over a year.  The generator would allow them to wash their clothes, which is a monumental task, that is done almost daily.

It was collectively understood that if they chose the generator, they would probably give up their chances to receive personal gift items, under the Giving Tree spending ceiling.  On Christmas Eve, we delivered four truck loads of toys, Bicycles, blankets, pillows and other personal items to this family of 29.  This was an unexpected miracle.  The family of 29 gave up for others, and received much, much more.  We are still shopping for that needed generator, with monies that were donated from members of our clergy coalition, Ho’olu’a, the Castle Medical Center outreach ministries and the Kailua Adventist church. Thee miracles occur every day, and you can see them too…….just call us and join in!

Oh! did we leave out that this family is now planning to host a New Years Eve 2013 luncheon for needy families, in the park.  We of course will be assisting with providing some of the food, but they are doing all the planning, cooking and work.  This is their first project in a new effort called Community Pay it forward.  As the blessing rebound…….and we witness God’s Work, at Work! Amen

Yes! come and have lunch with the family in the park. Waimanalo Beach Park. On New Years Eve 2013 at Noon.  It’s just their way of saying Mahalo to their neighbors, friends and Ohana for having faith in humankind and our resilient efforts to overcome, in all adversity. It just takes time, Gods time….Oh servants…Amen!!!