Papakōlea Kūpuna Assessment Hits the Homestead


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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Some pics from our 2018 ʻŌhana Health Fair

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We had a successful 2018 ʻŌhana Health Fair

2018 Papakōlea Health Fair


Informational Booths from:

Project Dana

Queen Emma Clinics

Kaiser Permanente

Kapi‘olani Community College

Legacy of Life Hawaii


Kealoha Publishing

Honolulu Community Action Program

KCC-CHW Certificate Program

I Ola Lahui

SMP Hawaii

Hawaii SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program)

A Friend in Need

Stevenson Middle School

Liliʻuokalani Trust


Ke Ola Mamo

National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii

Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter

Papa Ola Lokahi

Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Kupuna Wellness Centers

Ohana Health Plan

Partners in Development Foundation- Hui Ho’omalu Program

Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy

Hawaii Meals on Wheels

Med-QUEST Division


UH Cancer Center: No Ke Ola Pono o Na Kane

DCCA – Office of the Securities Commissioner

University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa

University of Hawaii Cancer Center Hawaii Skin Cancer Coalition


Kamehameha Schools

American Lung Association

Chaminade University School of Nursing Evidenced-Based protect class


Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii

Valley of the Temples/Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary

Oahu Mortuary & Cemetery

Ballard Family Moanalua Mortuary

Hawaii State Dept of Health Public Health Nursing

Electronic Caregiver

Spring 2018 Papakolea Fire Academy – Registration Open

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 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 9-consecutive Saturdays from February 3 – March 31
Time: 9-12pm

Only 50 seats are available!

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

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Website Updates In Progress!!


As the staff of Kula no na Po`e Hawaii prepare to end another year of hard work, we are busy updating our website with more information about our community programs, events, and upcoming opportunities for the families of Papakolea, Kewalo, and Kalawahine. Mahalo for your patience as we continue to share our work.
Keep checking back for updates!!
Kula Staff 🙂


Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i is Awarded Federal Grant to Support Papakōlea Kūpuna

Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i is Awarded Federal Grant to Support Papakōlea Kūpuna

PAPAKŌLEA, HI – For 25 years, Kula No Nā Po‘e Hawai‘i (KULA) has been serving the kūpuna of the Papakōlea Hawaiian homestead community through programs that heal – such as lomi.  The $1.2 million grant awarded by the U.S. Administration for Native Americans (ANA) over a three-year period, will support the development and implementation of a Papakōlea Kūpuna Community Care Network, serving the 250+ kūpuna and their caregivers.

“In celebration of our 25th Anniversary this year, we are overjoyed to receive this incredible award from Administration for Native Americans,” exclaimed Mrs. Theone Kanuha, KULA President and Papakōlea homesteader.  “37% of the residents of Papakōlea are over 55 years of age and have reported incidence of one or more of the top five chronic diseases: hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, asthma, and dementia (Alzheimer’s).  The goal of the project is to create a one-stop-shop providing kūpuna and their caregivers with educational resources, cultural programming, clinical experiences, and training.”

This program was established by the Native American Preservation Act of 1974, and is administered by the Administration for Children & Families, housed under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.  The purpose of the SEDS program is to promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  A total of $9.7 million was awarded to Native communities across the U.S. for FY 2017.  Nearly $1.3 million was awarded to four organizations serving Native peoples of the Pacific Region in this fiscal year.

“We want to mahalo ANA for making this valuable program available to Native communities,” stated Ms. Adrienne Dillard, LSW.  “Additionally, we want to acknowledge our collaborating partners that are commited to the health of Papakōlea and will broaden the impact of this Project: 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 the KULA or the Papakōlea Kūpuna Community Care Network, call 808.520.8997, e-mail or visit


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Decolonizing knowledge developmenCultural safety through the lens of Hawaiian Homestead residents.

Cultural safety through the lens of Hawaiian Homestead residents.
Ka‘opua LS, Tamang S, Dillard A, Kekauoha, BP (2017).
Journal of Indigenous Social Development, 5 (2).


Cultural safety is a strengths-based construct which aims to subvert unequal power relations, honor diverse ways of knowing in community-specific contexts, and acknowledge community as arbiter of ‘how’ safety is actualized. Published literature documents the benefits of culturally safe healthcare yet pays scant attention to culturally safe research praxis. Our team of practitionerresearchers sought to uncover meanings of cultural safety in community-based health research with Hawaiian Homestead residents. Focus groups were conducted in three communities. Emic descriptions of cultural safety and non-resident researchers were elicited. Content analysis revealed trust (hilina‘i) as the overarching theme fundamental to cultural safety. Cultural safety was demonstrated by practices that accommodate and engage community in their shared sense of place, history, ways of knowing, and capacity-building. Such practices likely mitigate perceptions of cultural imposition and promote relevant interventions developed with communities. Implications are enunciated in HILINA‘I, a mnemonic for advancing knowledge decolonization and health equity.

Fall 2017 Fire Fighter Entrance Exam Training Course


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