Friends of King Kaumualiʻi began formally in 2012 to honor the last and great King of Kauaʻi with the mission to:
• Create awareness of his reign & role in history • Create educational & cultural programs for the community
• Install an eight foot bronze statue of the King at Pāʻulaʻula, Waimea
The group received it 501c3 status in 2016 with a cultural-historical, educational designation. We are blessed to have many individuals and groups within our local community across the pae ʻāina, and even from the continent support and participate in our vision.
We began with the idea of installing an eight foot bronze statue and shared this dream at our first He Inoa No Kaumualiʻi Hoʻolauleʻa in 2017. We received encouragement to work toward fullfilling the dream for the west side community.
District Rep Dee Morikawa pledged support for the GIA, Kauaʻi County CEP gave us a grant to sponsor the event; Alexander & Baldwin contributed our f irst donation toward Annual Giving. So began a four year journey of fundraising, Kaumualiʻi events around the island, displays, school projects and getting the message out. The 2018 GIA grant provided the funds to finish the statue with quiet Dedication (due to COVID) March 2021.
And here we are after a long and challenging journey, with guidance from Nā ʻAumakua when we needed it most. Our work continues to be blessed. We have the spirit of our King reinstated at his home and HIS story and land corrected in the record. This truth is a gift and affirmation for the community and culture —a sense of place to celebrate the past and future together.
Our motto is: ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia No task is too big when done together by all.
Join our kuleana to continue to develop Pāʻulaʻula for the local community and visitors to enjoy anew with walkways, storyboards, native landscaping to restore the natural beauty of this wahipana.
Friends of King Kaumualiʻi are dedicated to perpetuating the culture and history of this place for all to enjoy. Kauaʻi i ka Malie.
We wish to enlist the support of students; civic, social, cultural, and community organizations; corporate and proprietary firms; and public and private foundations and philanthropies. The names of all donors will be encased in the pedestal of the statue.
Most of all, we aim to enlist the support of families and individuals – the grass roots folk of Kauaʻi – who time and again have demonstrated their kind and generous spirit in causes that reflect pride in our island community.
Join us today in celebrating our beloved King Kaumualiʻi and the rich heritage that is Kaua’i. Interested in volunteering or kokua opportunities? Contact us at email@example.com.
ʻO wau iho no me ke aloha,
Aletha G. Kaohi, President
Contact Aletha Kaohi at 808-338-1332
Make donations to: Friends of King Kaumualiʻi, POB 509, Waimea, Kauaʻi, HI 96796.
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