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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!


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.

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: News Now: Sunday & Monday news program 

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