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Community invited to share mana‘o with OHA

By Staff | Jun 10, 2010

On Sunday morning, in a once a year event known as “Ali‘i Sunday,” the Hawaiian Royal Societies gathered to pay homage to King Kamehameha I. Traditional Hawaiian customs and protocols of hookupu (presentation of gifts), oli (chant) and mele (song), along with an Honor Guard and flag raising protocol by the Royal Hawaiian Guard, was held at the Royal Mausoleum of Her Majesty, Sacred High Chiefess Queen Keopuolani, located at Waiola Hale Pule (church) in Lahaina. The traditional protocols were followed with a Christian service in Hawaiian and English. Members of the Royal Societies represent the lineage of Ali‘i (chiefdom) stemming from the time of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Photo by Walter Chihara.

WEST MAUI — Native Hawaiians on Maui can offer ideas and pose questions to Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Trustees and staff at two meetings in West Maui next week.

OHA will hold a community meeting as part of its regular Board of Trustees session on Wednesday, June 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Lahaina Civic Center’s Social Hall.

The following day, Thursday, June 17, OHA’s Board of Trustees will meet at 9 a.m. in the Kaanapali Beach Hotel’s Kanahele Ballroom. The public is invited to attend both meetings.

These community meetings — “Share Mana‘o: OHA in Your Neighborhood” — are held once a year on various Neighbor Islands.

OHA will discuss its latest programs and activities, and interact with Maui’s Native Hawaiian community.

“We want to hear from the people we are here to serve, which are Native Hawaiians of all ages,” said OHA Chair S. Haunani Apoliona.

“We encourage Native Hawaiians in these communities to come and share their mana‘o with us.”

“We welcome anyone on the island of Maui who is interested in Hawaiian issues or concerns,” added Maui Island OHA Trustee Boyd P. Mossman.

For more information on the meetings, visit www.oha.org or call 873-3364.