Left to right: Windward Ho‘olaule‘a co-chair
HTA Hawaiian culture coordinator Keli‘i Wilson
and WCC professor andKaneohe Business Group
president Libby Young
August 19, 2008
The Windward Ho‘olaule‘a, sponsored by Windward Community College and the Kaneohe Business Group, has won a 2008 “Keep It Hawai‘i” award from the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
The award honors individuals, organizations and businesses statewide for projects that demonstrate “a commitment to the growth and development of the Hawaiian culture.”
“We’re very honored to have our event gain statewide recognition,” said WCC professor and KBG president Libby Young. “All the credit goes to our loyal volunteers from the college and the business group who work so hard to bring this celebration to the community.
“It’s been a great partnership to showcase the campus, the programs, the musical talent, homegrown crafts and the businesses on this side of the island. This year we’ll also be raising funds to establish the first general scholarship endowment for WCC students.”
This year’s Windward Ho‘olaule‘a is set for Saturday, September 27 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at WCC. The event features an entertainment line-up of Na Hoku Hanohano award winners, WCC and community displays, food and crafts booths, a silent auction and keiki games. Admission is free.
Gallery ‘Iolani will feature an exhibit of WCC student art and high-tech Imaginarium shows will take visitors on tours of the universe. The Ho‘olaule‘a also will have a used book and white elephant sale.
The entertainment schedule includes Hoku Zuttermeister, Cyril Pahinui and Peter Moon, Jr., Kaukahi, Pilioha, Pila Nahenahe and Hawai‘i Loa.
The 17th annual HTA ceremony held earlier this month recognized winners throughout the state as well as six lifetime achievement awards for the following: Lolena Nicholas of the Punana Leo language immersion preschools; the ‘ohana of Gabby “Pops” Pahinui; the Brothers Cazimero; Cox Radio AM 940, a traditional Hawaiian music radio station; ‘Ohana Wa‘a, a group committed to deep-sea voyaging; and the late Wright Bowman, Jr., a master canoe builder.