Community Development

Kilohana Canoe Club

KIKA is the fiscal sponsor for the Kilohana Canoe Club. The canoe club serves youth ages 7-20 and is located at the Lucy Wright Park adjacent to the Waimea River. The club provides an after-school option for youth, a place for ʻohana to gather, and an opportunity to connect with community members regularly. KIKA has entered a stewardship agreement with the County of Kauaʻi for  a portion of the Lucy Wright Park to build a structure and malama ‘aina the area for the canoe club paddlers and westside community to enjoy.

WHS: Mauka2Makai (Waianae High School)

This program is a new partnership between Kumano I Ke Ala and the Waianae High School Hawaiian Studies program for the 2017-18 SY. The goal is for students to grow as Aloha Aina which is the driving force of KIKA. It is with this foundation that we strive to educate and mentor youth, young adults, and the community through opportunities that value individuality while working collaboratively for the benefit of all. Students will build a sense of belonging and kuleana through the work of hale building, restoring of water ways, and aina restoration through plant propagation and out planting. It is with these practices as well as Hawaiian language and culture that they will gain a strong sense of identity which will help them grow as community (Waianae, Hawaii, Lahui) advocates. The students will collectively find their voice and purpose in this process and mobilize their community to kako’o the movement they start. Mahalo to kumu Shannon Bucasas for being a leader in her home (Waimea, Kauai) and school (Waianae, Oahu) communities.

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