Mar 19, 2017
Kiaʻi ʻŌiwi o Kaʻala, kīpuka Waiʻanae young men’s group held its 8th annual ʻAha ʻŌpio Kāne at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Over 300 young men were in attendance from schools all over the island, including Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue, Kahuku High and Intermediate School, James Campbell, and Kapolei high schools, Ka Waihona o Ka Naʻauao PCS (Public Charter School), Nanakuli High and Intermediate School, Kamaile Academy PCS, Waiʻanae High School.
Trustee Patrick Yim welcomed the participants, followed by Chairman Thomas Kaulukukui's "Hookanaka" (Be/Act Like a Man) presentation. After the presentation, ʻōpio were separated into four break out sessions: oli, hula, financial intelligence, hō ʻikaika kino.
All reconvened for a power lunch panel, themed “Kanaka Conquering Adversities, Succeed & Thrive.” The ʻōpio listened to the inspiring and empowering moʻolelo of Captain Kevin Mokulehua, HFD; Captain Kaina Holomalia, E ALA Voyaging Academy; Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, educator, practitioner; Eric Matanane, counselor, practitioner; and Dietrix Jon Ulukoa Duhaylonsod, indigenous archeologist/anthropologist.
Following lunch, the ʻōpio had a massive haʻa session coordinated by Nelson Rodrigues and ʻōpio from Kiaʻi ʻŌiwi o Kaʻala. For the second part of the ʻAha, the boys were shuttled to the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oahu to learn the different pathways, careers, and programs on campus. To top off the conference, after the closing protocol, all ʻōpio submitted their names to win a chance at seven tablets provided by anonymous donors.