The Kealamakia Foundation is now registered as a charitable organization through AmazonSmile.
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to Kealamakia Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. AmazonSmile is the same as Amazon. Same products, same prices, same service. But, proceeds from sales are donated to charities of all sizes, like our own.
If you are an Amazon shopper, please consider making Kealamakia Foundation the recipient of a portion of your eligible sales. Simply click this link to smile.amazon.com and Kealamakia Foundation will automatically become the charitable organization of your choice. You can change it at anytime. If you search for us, just type in “Kealamakia Foundation” and click on “Select.”
Thank you for your support!
HŌNAUNAU, HAWAIʻI – In September, the Kealamākia Foundation made $1,090 worth of contributions to Hoʻokena Elementary School and to Konawaena High School to support ongoing efforts at both campuses.
On October 20, 2015, Hoʻokena Elementary School students will go on one of the first schoolwide excursions, and the first to the Aloha Theater, in several years. At Aloha Theater, the local community playhouse in Kāināliu, the Honolulu Theater for Youth will present an original production of Anime Alice and Her Adventures in Wonderland in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The adaptation was written by HTY veteran actor Alvin Chan.
The Foundation contributed $800 to Hoʻokena School to cover the entry fee costs for students and staff to attend. In a September 22, 2015 letter to Dr. Nancy Jadallah, principal at Hoʻokena, President Keoki Kīwaha wrote, “We are a small organization; and, our resources are limited. But, we certainly take great joy in being able to provide opportunities for personal and academic enrichment to to the students of Hoʻokena School – especially as alumni.”
And, to support efforts for this year’s graduating class at Konawaena High School (Class of 2016), the Foundation donated $290 to the local high school. These funds will go to support commencement ceremonies and other activities related to the Class of 2016.
The Foundation would like to thank all of its contributors, especially Pukaʻana Congregational Church (UCC), and Hawaiʻi Community Federal Credit Union for their support of $500 each. The Foundation also thanks Rev. Richard Tardiff and Pamela Vanwechel for their generous donation of $200.
Without your help, we couldn’t provide these opportunities. Mahalo! Mahalo! Mahalo!
On January 5, 2015, the Walmart Foundation notified the CEO by email that the Foundation’s $500 grant request for its initiative to create school gardens in our local schools had been approved. The grant itself was donated by the management of our local Kailua-Kona store.
In a statement, the CEO stated, “On behalf of the Trustees, I would like to extend a warm mahalo to our friends at the Walmart Foundation for approving our community grant request. This money will go towards creating school gardens which will educate our students about self-sustainability, self-sufficiency, teamwork, and the importance of eating healthy. Mahalo nui loa to the Walmart Foundation and our local Kona store.”
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Kealamākia Foundation, I would like to extend to all our friends and supporters in Hawaiʻi and throughout the world our warmest best wishes for a bright, happy and prosperous New Year! 2014 was the start of something new for us at Kealamākia, and we continue to be in transition as we work to strengthen our organization to begin serving the public full time.
We thank all of you for you support of our efforts and we look forward to all the wonderful things that the new year will bring! God bless you and your families! Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou!
ʻO wau iho nō me ke aloha pumehana,
The Rev. Wryen K. C. Kīwaha, CM
President and Chief Executive Officer
Aloha friends and supporters in Hawaiʻi and throughout the world,
On behalf of the honorable Trustees of the Kealamākia Foundation, I would like to extend to you all our prayers and warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas. We cannot express how truly grateful we are for the gift of your friendship and support throughout this past year – and, we look forward to seeing the wonderful things that come in the New Year!
May God bless each and every single one of you – have a Happy, Happy Holidays!
Hauʻoli lānui, me ke aloha pumehana,
The Rev. Wryen K. Cipriano-Kīwaha
President & Chief Executive Officer
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Kealamākia Foundation, I would like to send to all of you our prayers and wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! We’d also like to extend our sincere mahalo for all the support that has been given to us over these many years – in particular, since our transition to a public foundation in April. We thank you for you aloha.
We are proud to serve this community and look forward to what lies ahead in the future.
HOʻOKENA – The Kealamākia Foundation has contributed $500 to Hoʻokena Elementary School to help cover transportation costs for field trips which will be taken by the 4th and 5th grade classes. These students, in Mr. Hokoana’s and Ms. Morgenstein’s classes, will be going on four excursions throughout the 2014-15 school year including attending GEMS (for girls) and Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historical Park (for boys), a cultural service project in Keʻei, and the BioBlitz (for robotics) in Hilo.
The Hoʻokele expresses his mahalo to Mr. Hokoana and Ms. Morgenstein for taking the initiative to provide academic enrichment to their students; and, encourages other teachers to follow their example.
On September 10, 2015, President Kīwaha submitted an OFFICIAL LETTER TO DLNR (Department of Land and natural Resources) Director Suzanne Case, and Deputy Director Kekoa Kaluhiwa, in opposition to the continued and unlawful arrests at Maunakea of peaceful Aloha ʻĀina activists who are standing in opposition to the further desecration of the mauna through the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope. The letter also expresses the opposition of the Foundation to the enforcement of “emergency” rules in violation of Article XII of the Hawaiʻi State Constitution.
Article XII of the State Constitution (1978), states, “The State reaffirms and shall protect all rights, customarily and traditionally exercised for subsistence, cultural and religious purposes and possessed by ahupuaʻa tenants who are descendants of native Hawaiians who inhabited the Hawaiian islands prior to 1778, subject to the right of the States to regulate such rights.”
“While the State has the authority to ‘…regulate such rights…'”, writes the President, “…it certainly does not have the authority to create and establish rules which eliminate the practice of cultural and religious customs – especially on Mauna Kea, which has historically been, and continues to be, a sacred site for the native Hawaiian people.”
He continues, “To enforce such rules, and arrest peaceful activists who are exercising Constitutionally-protected rights, is HEWA LOA. It is wrongful on the part of the State and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.”
The Foundation, while being unable to provide assistance to those arrested and other affected individuals, continues to advocate that the State of Hawaiʻi and DLNR end the enforcement of, and abolish, the “emergency” rules now in place atop Maunakea; and, to refrain from seeking criminal charges against those who were exercising their Constitutionally-protected rights.
Copies of the letter were forwarded to state Senator Josh Green, and state Representatives Nicole Lowen and Richard Creagan. To view a copy of the letter, click the link above.
HŌNAUNAU, HAWAIʻI – On April 8, 2015, the Rev. Wryen K. C. Kīwaha, President and CEO of the Kealamākia Foundation, submitted an OFFICIAL LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER of Canada, the Right Honorable Stephen J. Harper, in opposition to the unlawful $1.4 billion construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope at Maunakea. Currently the government of Canada, headed by Prime Minister Harper, is formulating a budget for consideration by the House of Commons; which as of today, according to the PM’s office, will include significant funding for the Thirty Meter Telescope. The President’s letter includes references to the commitment of the Canadian government for the preservation of Canada’s beauty and natural resources, as well as its commitment to the peoples of the First Nations, as an understanding he hopes will guide the PM towards reconsidering Canada’s involvement.
In a statement released an hour ago (4/8/15, 10:30 AM HST), President Kīwaha said:
The letter to the Prime Minister was drafted yesterday and sent this morning. It is truly disappointing, however, that two hours ago, the Prime Minister announced that the budget of Her Majesty’s Government will include funding for the Thirty Meter Telescope. I am, however, optimistic that the letter will be received by the Prime Minister before the House of Commons meets to decide on the budget.
Because of the question of the continuity of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the prolonged and illegal occupation of a sovereign state by the United States government, the construction of the TMT is illegal and a violation of international law. As such, Canada now becomes a party to these violations through its support of the TMT.
The involvement of the Foundation should not be construed as being political. Instead, it is because of our commitment to education – in particular, Hawaiian culture, language, and history – that the Foundation is taking these small steps to support the protest of the unlawful construction of the TMT. Preserving Maunakea and other significant sites throughout the Hawaiian Islands for future generations is a priority for our Foundation.
A copy of the letter is provided in the link above.
UPDATE: The President has submitted a letter to the office of Mayor William P. Kenoi; but, has ordered that the contents of the letter be filed and sealed until further notice. A copy will therefore not be provided for public viewing.
HŌNAUNAU, HAWAIʻI – In the recent media debacle concerning the Hawaiʻi County Fire Department, the President of the Kealamākia Foundation wrote and sent an official Letter to the Fire Commission of Hawaiʻi County seeking truthful answers about the letter of no-confidence against current Fire Chief Darren J. Rosario; as well as the suspension of battalion chiefs Steve Loyola and Ty Medeiros of West Hawaiʻi as a result. News about the letter and the subsequent suspension and investigation broke to the public in a report by Hawaiʻi News Now.
It seems to us that the move by the Fire Chief to suspend these two veterans of the department and initiate an investigation was not done out of a sincere desire for answers as to the legality of their actions,” said Wryen Kīwaha, the Foundation’s co-founder, President, and ex-officio Trustee. “…but, rather as an act of retaliation.”
In a statement, the President said, “My concern is not so much about the criticisms brought forward by the battalion chiefs against Chief Rosario. My concern was that, rather than call for an investigation themselves and allow Mr. Loyola and Mr. Medeiros to present their case, the Fire Commission dismissed it as an internal matter where they had no control. Is the Fire Chief not accountable to the Commission? And, if there are criticisms against him, shouldn’t the Commission hear them to ensure that their appointee is doing his job effectively?”
There was also some concern as to whether or not it would be appropriate for the Foundation to submit an official letter in regards to an internal matter within the Fire Department – a government agency. In weighing the concerns, the President proceeded with the drafting of the letter.
In the letter, the President explains, “One of the primary objectives of this Foundation is to advocate for the health, safety and overall well-being of our children; and, if at any time we believe that such health and safety is being threatened, we must stand up and speak out. It is not the intention of the Foundation to involve ourselves in the internal affairs of the fire department; nor, to give an implication that the accusations brought forward are true. We are, however, with public safety in mind, seeking that the Commission take the necessary steps to immediately address this matter. If their is any wrongdoing, it must be stopped.”
In closing, the President adds, “We join together with all those throughout this State and County who are simply seeking truthful answers about this matter. We understand that you are commissioners are prohibited under the law to provide information as to the investigation; but, we certainly deserve better answers than those which we have been getting thus far.”
The President encourages members of the public and other organizations to join in a letter-writing campaign to the Fire Commission seeking answers in regards to this matter and to have the Commission initiate an investigation. “Whether or not there is merit to what Mr. Loyola and Mr. Medeiros are saying – and, I am not taking sides – the Commission needs to do its job and formally initiate an investigation by an independent and impartial party into this matter. An investigation initiated by the Fire Chief on a matter that involves himself cannot be independent and impartial. The result will always be biased.”
To read the full letter, click on the link provided about. The letter is in PDF format.
On June 4, 2014, Hoʻokele/CEO Wryen Kīwaha received a letter from Chief Harry S. Kubojiri of the Hawaiʻi Police Department. The letter dated May 28, 2014, was sent in response to the CEO’s annual letter commemorating National Police Week and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day celebrated each May 15.
In the letter Chief Kubojiri stated: “Thank you for your letter dated May 14, 2014, expressing appreciation and gratitude for the officers of the Hawaiʻi Police Department for their hard work and dedication and sacrifices they make in the line of duty. I truly appreciate your acknowledgement and continued support for our officers especially during Memorial Day and Police Week as we work together without our community to make our community a better place to live, work and conduct business.”
He continued, “I shall remind our officers to continue to serve our community with Aloha and strive to maintain the Hawaiʻi Police Department’s core values of Integrity, Professionalism, Compassion, Teamwork and Community Satisfaction. I shall share your sentiments with our officers and staff.”
In response to the letter, the Hoʻokele released this statement:
I continue to reiterate our organization’s support for the men and women of our police department. I thank the Chief for his letter.
The Hawaiʻi Police Department joined police departments throughout Hawaiʻi and the United States by holding two public ceremonies – Monday, May 12 at the HPD Headquarters in Hilo and Wednesday, May 14, at the Kona Police Station in Kealakehe, Honokōhauiki. Both ceremonies were as part of the annual commemoration of national Police Week and Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.
Each year, the Hoʻokena School PTO commemorates this event by sending a letter to the Chief of the Hawaiʻi Police Department to express the sentiments and sincere gratitude of the organization to the men and women of our police department – a small gesture of aloha from our community. As such, the Kealamākia Foundation will continue to carry on this annual tradition.
In his letter to Chief Harry S. Kubojiri dated May 14, 2014, Hoʻokele/CEO Wryen K. C. Kīwaha wrote, “Although the Hoʻokena School PTO is now a foundation serving Hawaiʻi Island, we wish to carry on the tradition of honoring the men and women of our police department; who, each and every day, put on the uniform of our beloved County and put their lives at risk in service of the people.”
“Each year, especially during Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and Police Week, we are reminded of the daily sacrifice of our officers and their families. Our community should feel ever more secure in knowing that we have such valiant and courageous individuals working to enforce the law, to mentor our youth, and to keep our communities safe.”
He continues, “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Kealamākia Foundation, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to you, our officers and civilian staff for their service. We wish you all the best and pray always for the safety and well-being of our real life heroes.”
On October 1, 1961, U. S. President John F. Kennedy signed into law a bill declaring May 15 of each year as “Peace Officers’ Memorial Day”; with observance beginning in 1962. The working holiday honors all those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the exercise of their duties and in service to their communities. Of the 20,000 officers killed in the line of duty, 63 are from Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiʻi Island itself has lost five officers – Manuel Cadinha (1918), William ʻŌili (1936), Ronald Jitchaku (1990), and Kenneth Keliʻipio (1997) from the Hawaiʻi Police Department; Steve Makuakane-Jarrell (1999) of the National Park Service; and, Allen Winn (1991) of the Drug Enforcement Agency.