• KCCN Karaoke Night
  • Dementia Training for KCCN Staff
  • Waimea Valley Huaka'i

Kūpuna Community Care Network

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. 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.

In Spring 2018, Papakōlea homesteaders received 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 86th 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.

For more information about KULA or the Papakōlea Kūpuna Community Care Network, contact Ms. Puni Kekauoha, Project Manager, or Mrs. Cappy Solatorio, Project Coordinator, at 808.520.8997, e-mail kula.kupuna@gmail.com

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.


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: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)