News Briefs | June 2020


OHA in the Community

Ola Ka Hāloa
Hiʻilei Kawelo of Paepae O Heʻeia (left) appears as a guest on Ola Ka Hāloa, OHA’s new 30-minute news show. Hosted by OHA Engagement Director Mehanaokalā Hind (right), the weekly show connects viewers with information on how OHA serves the Native Hawaiian community and features segments on how Native Hawaiian businesses and community groups are adjusting to COVID-19. The show aired weekly for four weeks in May and has been extended for another three shows in June. Watch Ola Ka Hāloa on Saturdays on KGMB at 6 pm, with encore broadcasts on Sundays at 12:30 pm on KHNL and on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm on KFVE. All episodes are available for viewing at

Hui Hānai Publishes Liliʻuokalani’s Personal Diaries

Queen Liliuokalani Personal DiariesHui Hānai has published The Diaries of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii, 1885-1900. Penned by the eighth and final monarch of Hawaiʻi, edited and extensively annotated by historian David Forbes, and in collaboration with Barbara Pope Book Design, the book is now available for sale through the University of Hawaiʻi Press. Liliʻuokalani Trust funded the project.

“Hui Hānai is proud to be publishing this landmark work,” said Diane Peters-Nguyen, president of Hui Hānai. “It will, for the first time, allow readers to experience the journey of an amazing Hawaiian leader during one of the most complex and politically charged eras in Hawaiian history. This is a riveting book, reminding us that the lessons of the Queen’s inspiring leadership continue to be relevant for Hawaiʻi and Hawaiians today.”

From mundane, often charming details about everyday life such as disbursing $2 to a member of her household named Manaiki for chicken feed, to her tireless efforts in Washington, D.C. for justice, this meticulously annotated collection of the Queen’s writings provides a researched and authoritative perspective on a well-known story. This comprehensive view into the private thoughts and actions of Liliʻuokalani’s life as heir apparent and monarch is the masterwork of noted historian David Forbes. His research for the transcriptions and annotations spanned a decade.

Hawaiʻi State Archives, Bishop Museum, and Louise Koch Schubert generously provided access to the diaries and related documents and photographs within their collections. Jason Achiu and Puakea Nogelmeier assisted with Hawaiian language translation. The Diaries of Queen Liliuokalani of Hawaii, 1885-1900 retails for $40.

Ka ʻOhana O Kalaupapa Announces Upgraded Website

Photo: Clarence Kahilihiwa receives a lei
Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa receives a lei from Momilani Motta Cheek, whose great-grandparents died at Kalaupapa, during a ceremony at the future site of The Kalaupapa Memorial. – Photo: Henry Law

Ka ʻOhana O Kalaupapa’s redesigned and upgraded website is now available for viewing at “The new website is more complete and features some great material to help people learn about the history of Kalaupapa in the words of the people themselves,” said Charmaine Woodward, Secretary of the Board of Directors of Ka ʻOhana and great-granddaughter of Kalaupapa businessman David Kamahana and Alana Ah Lo.

Produced by Ka ʻOhana O Kalaupapa, the website includes a Kalaupapa timeline spanning from 1866 to the present, information about the relationship between the people of Kalaupapa and the Royal Family, and a reading list of non-fiction books based on the voices of the people of Kalaupapa. A five-minute video, “The Pride of a Nation,” serves as a brief introduction to the people and the history.

The website includes details for the planned Kalaupapa Memorial and “The Restoration of Family Ties,” a program developed by Ka ʻOhana O Kalaupapa that has helped hundreds of descendants reconnect to their Kalaupapa ancestors. There is also a photo gallery and a current news calendar. You can also sign up to receive emails.

“We hope the website will appeal to descendants, teachers, students; anyone with an interest in Kalaupapa,” said Woodward.

Founded in 2003, Ka ʻOhana O Kalaupapa was the vision of the late Bernard Punikai`a. Longtime Kalaupapa resident Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa is the current President.

Kamehameha Schools Participates in Buy One, Feed One Movement

Kamehameha Schools is pledging a monetary donation for each meal purchased at a participating eatery as part of the Buy One, Feed One Hawaiʻi (BOFO Hawaiʻi) movement with proceeds benefitting the Hawaiʻi Food Bank to ensure that no one will go hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.

BOFO Hawaiʻi encourages individuals who eat out to purchase a second meal for someone who has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The goal of the initiative is to reinforce goodwill and spread the aloha spirit. The viral movement first appeared on social media on May 1 and has reached over 60,000 people after Hawaiʻi-born actress and KS alumna Kelly Hu shared her experience.

KS will make its donation of up to $50,000 to the local food bank network as individuals visit a participating restaurant – a list is posted at – and simply post a picture of the meals purchased along with the hashtag #BOFOHawaii.

“We’re encouraging individuals, businesses, friends and ʻohana to pay it forward,” said KS CEO Jack Wong. “Our participation in this movement is another way that Kamehameha Schools is able to support our community.

Additional information is available at Join the challenge and help feed someone in need.