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)

2018 Annual Breakfast with Santa for keiki of Papakolea, Kewalo, and Kalawahine Hawaiian Homestead: December 8, 2018 9:00am-12:00pm

Mele Kalikimaka! We hope you are able to join us for the annual Breakfast with Santa event this Saturday December 8, 2018 from 9:00am-12:00pm.

Fore more information please contact Santa's elves to reserve presents for keiki... (808) 398-0263.

Hope to see you there!

The first Somerset Kalama Makaneole Health Scholarship was given to Kawaiokapualeilehua Kāneakua-Rauschenburgout at the Papakolea Pa'ina, August 2019.  $5,250 was disbursed to the 2018-2019 Papakolea Community Scholarship Recipients. Other recipients were Kaimiloa Ah Mook Sang, Noah Au, Shastyn-Thor Kekahuna, and Ulalia Solatorio by Kula no na Po'e Hawaii, Papakolea Community Development Corporation and other private donors.

From her heart through her hands she served.

Aunty Ethel Mau, Kumu of Na Lomilomi O Papakolea, passed on July 29, 2018.  It is with great sadness that we bid our farewells to this amazing practitioner that has led the group of cultural practitioners for over a decade.  Aunty Ethel was a licensed massage therapist who practiced lomiloimi, la'au lapa'au, energy among other healing practices.  The teacher who as always the student spent most of her time in training in the healing practices to take care of others.  She will be missed.  Lomi will continue at the Papakolea Community Center on the 2nd - last Thursday of the month.

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If your dream is to become a Firefighter this is for you!

The Papakolea Fire Academy lead by Retired Fire Captains Richard Soo, Earle Kealoha, Guy Katayama, Gilbert Pelletier and Curtis Aiwohi is a development to aid in every step of the Honolulu Fire Department Recruitment.

This class will focus on:

Life of a Fire Fighter

Written communication


Test strategies

Understanding Service Terminology

Preparation for the HFD Written Exam

Assistance through physical exam and Interview process

This Course will run 8-consecutive Saturdays from June 2 – July 21
Time: 9-12pm

Only 50 seats are available!

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

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

Time for those summer school assistance applications!

This workshop provides assistance to families applying for the Alu Like Native Hawaiian Summer School Assistance Program. This workshop is hosted in partnership with Roosevelt High School under the Kukalahale Learning Project.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Roosevelt High School Library
5:30 - 7:00 PM

Required Documents:

  • Student's official birth certificate stating Hawaiian ancestry
  • 2nd or 3rd quarter report card - GRADES 6-12 ONLY
  • Income verification (one of the following):
    • Verification of Public Assistance (TANF or Food Stamps)
    • Most recent federal tax return (if married & filing seperate, please provide both)
    • Verification of foster care
    • Verification of Section 8 housing
      **USDA Free & Reduced-lunch verification letter no longer accepted**

Any questions, please contact Kaapuni Kama at 808-861-1919


PAPAKŌLEA, HI – In September 2017, Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i (KULA) initiated the Papakōlea Kūpuna Community Care Network (KCCN) Project, creating a one-stop shop for kūpuna and their caregivers. This week, Papakōlea homesteaders will be receiving Health Surveys and a Home Environmental Scan in the mail.

“The Health Survey will be used to re-assess current health care needs of our kūpuna,” stated Adrienne Dillard, LSW, MSW. “Data gathered from the Survey will be used to create interventions, and assemble a CARE Team of staff, medical specialists, students, and/or volunteers, that will provide direct health care services in community.  Every respondent that returns their completed documents will receive a modest gift card.”

Data received from the first survey in 2009, drove the development of in-home supportive care from medical professionals, nursing and social work students for kūpuna and their Ohana.  In addition, new community health and wellness programs such as PILI Ohana, Partners in Care, and Hula for Hypertension were also developed and operating today.

“Recently, we have seen a significant increase of kūpuna with Dementia, and want to identify other individuals in community that could benefit from resources we are creating.  As we approach our 84th year of homesteading in Papakōlea, the Environmental Scan will help us identify housing and safety issues that would inhibit access to healthcare or emergency services,” continued Dillard.

The purpose of KCCN is to serve Papakōlea kūpuna and their caregivers through the establishment and operation of a community health care network. To date, 95 kūpuna and caregivers, received programmatic services, through participation in a huaka‘i (excursion), workshops, or receipt of direct health care services.

KCCN is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Native Americans, Social and Economic Development Strategies Program.  Program partners include: UH Department of Native Hawaiian Health, UH Department of Geriatric Medicine, UH School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, Center on Aging, Kapi‘olani Community College, Islander Institute, Hawai‘i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development, Nā Lomilomi o Papakōlea, and Papakōlea Community Development Corporation.

For more information about KULA or the Papakōlea Kūpuna Community Care Network, contact Ms. Puni Kekauoha, Project Manager, or Ms. Cappy Solatorio, Project Coordinator, at 808.520.8997,

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