SPRING 2020 – Papakolea Fire Academy Registration – NOW OPEN

If your dream is to become a Firefighter or if you have taken the Fire Fighter Written exam and did not meet the requirements to move onto the next phase, this is for you!

The Papakolea Fire Academy is a program led by Retired Fire Captains Richard Soo, Curtis Aiwohi, Earle Kealoha, Guy Katayama, and Gilbert Pelletier that have developed an educational course to aid in every step of the Honolulu Fire Department Recruitment process.

The class focuses on:

Life of a firefighter, written communication, math, test-taking strategies, understanding service terminology, and preparation for the HFD Written Exam. Additional assistance with the physical agility test and interview process are offered to applicants who are accepted.

This Course will run 8-consecutive Saturdays from February 8th at the Papakolea Community Center, Lower Hall
Time: 9 am – 12 pm

Only 30 seats are available!

Preference will be given to registrants of Native Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

*If you have taken the written exam and did not get a high score for the next portion of the HFD recruitment process, this is the time for you to register for the class and work on building your skills up to achieve your dream of entering the Fire Department.

For registration click —————-> HERE <———————-

Mahalo ‘Ohana – 4th Annual Papakōlea Pāʻina

Papakōlea Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

PAPAKŌLEA, HI – Two next-generation leaders from Papakōlea will receive scholarships totaling $2,000 at the Fourth Annual Papakōlea Pā‘ina today. Education has been a top priority of the Papakōlea community, dating back to the opening of their first pre-school in 1942.  Through support from all Pā‘ina artists, Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i, the Papakōlea Community Development Corporation (PCDC), Possibility Place for Christian Fellowship & Ministry, and philanthropists in community, the Papakōlea Community Scholarship Program was established in 2017.  Since then, 12 scholarships have been disbursed to our next generation leaders of Papakōlea.   Congratulations to the 2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients!

Kula staff leads Papakolea community center beautification…

Mahalo to Kula no na Po’e Hawaii staff, Habitat for Humanities, Papakolea residents, UH at Manoa Nursing Students for assisting with beautification. More work to come…

Kula Float Ties for 3rd with Genoa Keawe Foundation – Papakolea comes out for Aloha Week Parade 09/28/2019. MAHALO ALL PARTICIPANTS

Book Mobile In Papakolea

Papakolea Dealing with Dementia

Kula no na Po’e Hawai’i’s Kupuna Community Care Network provides Papakolea kupuna & their caregivers complete Dealing with Dementia workshop facilitated by Poki`i Balaz. Program funded by the Administration for Native Americans and Hawaii Community Foundation.

Hula for Hypertension – Cultural Practice reduces Blood Pressure

dancing hula

Kula no na Po’e Hawaii study participants dance hula at a gathering to celebrate the findings of the research. Group is from Papakolea Hawaiian Homestead community site who were led by Kumu Hoakalei Hina Kamauu and daughter Iolani Ulii. For information see links below:

UH News:https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2019/09/08/hula-drop-blood-pressure/Hawaii News Now: Sunday & Monday news program 

Papakolea Fire Academy

Final day of class students receive health screening from Kula no na Po’e Hawai’i staff and volunteers from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa John A. Burns School of Medicine, Native Hawaiian Center of Excellence. Mahalo to all who participated.

Lamaku and Junior Leaders After School Programs begin 9/3/19

Kula hosts Stevenson Middle School for Start of New School Year – What is this Place? Who are the People?

On the morning of Wednesday, July 31, Stevenson’s opening of school, through the vision of Katherine Balatico, Principal, the morning was spent at Papakolea Community Center  at 2150 Tantalus Drive. As teachers and staff prepare to begin the school year, we focused on the cultures, views, values, beliefs,  family, language, strategies and supports needed to promote connectedness to school for each of our individual students.   Over the course of the morning, faculty and staff learned about the culture, views, values, beliefs,  language, families, communities, and successful strategies of supports from the guest speakers:

Adrienne Dillard and Puni Kekauoha (Kula no na Po`e Hawaii) –

Dr. Neal Palafox and m(John A. Burns School of Medicine) –

Mavis Nitta ( John A. Burns School of Medicine) –

Josie Howard (We Are Oceania) –

Tamera Heine (Marshallese Consulate) –

Mary Therese Perez Hattori (Chaminade University)

Jana Chang (Data Governance and Analysis Branch – Strategy, Innovation and Performance)

R.L. Stevenson Middle School Halau Ka Makani ʻO Pūowaina Hula Hui places 3rd in the Malia Craver Hula Competition – 5/13/17

Stevenson Halau Malia Craver Competition

R.L. Stevenson Middle School Halau Ka Makani ʻO Pūowaina Hula Hui places 3rd in the Middle School division at the Malia Craver Hula Kahiko Competition Hosted by Queen Liliuokalani Keiki Hula Competition held today at Iolani School. The halau is under nāpunaheleonāpua Kumu Rich Pedrina of Papakolea and Blaine Nohara, Alakai’i (pictured) The Halau is co-sponsored by the R.L. Stevenson Middle School and the Papakolea’s Kula no na Po’e Hawaii under the KLP Project.

Kamehameha-Maui (1st), Iolani (2nd), Stevenson (3rd)


This 4th annual pa’ina we will once again honor those who have paved a way for the community. You don’t want to miss this year’s honorees.