When places smile you can see it, you can feel it, it is evident.

In 2007, Hui responded to the kāhea (call) put forth by Kīholo with the intention to reconnect community in ways which support healthy interaction with place.

Today, we feel Kīholo smile.

 

Mission

Our mission is to protect, perpetuate, and enhance the cultural and natural landscape of the Kīholo Bay area through collaborative management and active community stewardship.


Vision

Kīholo Bay is perpetuated as a culturally and environmentally thriving part of the ahupua‘a system of Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a. Through partnerships, a commitment to the values set forth by the hui, and the creation of a cultural and wilderness park at Kīholo Bay, we will achieve proper management of the area.


How we work

HOA ʻĀINA TEAM

Hui Aloha Kīholo now has a physical presence on the ground, seven days a week, through our Hoa ʻĀina team. In collaboration with our partners, these Hoa ʻĀina, or “friends of the land” monitor and protect natural and cultural resources, engage with and educate visitors, and manage camping. By creating a community of stewards, with visitors, kamaʻāina (locals), partners, and advocates, Kīholo can continue to thrive culturally and environmentally. Mahalo (thank you) to the generous donors who have made the Hoa ʻAina program possible.


Where we work

Kīholo is located in the “Kekaha wai ʻole o nā Kona” (Waterless Kekaha region) of North Kona, which is part of the reason why Kīholo was and is so important to the residents. Kīholo played a crucial role in connecting people and landscapes because of her abundance of water (fishponds, anchialine ponds and water systems). Situated in the North Kona region of the Island of Hawaiʻi, Kīholo Bay comprises the makai (coastal) area of the ahupua‘a (land division) of Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a.

Kīholo Bay is nested within the greater Kīholo State Park Reserve. The area contains an extensive coastal wildland environment, historic home sites, swimming areas, anchialine ponds, and historic coastal trails with associated archaeological features. These elements are noteworthy for their uniqueness, beauty, and value to both Hawaii residents and island visitors. Kīholo Bay connects ecologically, historically, and culturally to the mauka (upland) areas of Pu‘uwa‘awa‘a.

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Kīholo Kupaianaha

'O Kīholo 'ʻāina aloha, lana a'e ka mana'o (o) na mea kaulana
Pa kahi, kahi hana pa'akai,
Pa lua, kahi a na lua wai kai,
Pa kolu, loko i'a Wainānali'i,
Pa ha, kahi a Luahinewai,
Wai ola o Kīholo
Kīholo kupaianaha e

He mele no Kīholo... 'ʻāina aloha

Translation:

Kīholo, beloved land, thoughts arise of famed attributes

First, it is a place of salt working

Second, it is a place of brackish water pools

Third, it is the place of the fish pond Wainanali'i

Fourth, it is the place of Luahinewai

Living waters of Kīholo

Marvelous, extravagant Kīholo


Composed by Ku'ulei Keakealani to honor the ancestral homeland of Kīholo, Pu'uwa'awa'a ahupua'a, North Kona.

Photo by Jay Bles.

 

Board

The Hui Aloha Kīholo Board of Directors is made up of community leaders who reflect a rich diversity of human experience at Kīholo including generational stewardship, dedicated service to the land, recreation, and sustenance.

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Jenny Mitchell

President
Director

La`i Mitchell Chong

Vice President

Director

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Adam Atwood

Treasurer/Secretary

Director

 
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Melia Ha`o

Director

Scott Henderson

Director

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Harry MacDonald

Director

 

Wendi Pa`ahana Roehrig

Director

Christopher (Kit) John Imiloa Roehrig

Advisor

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Chad Wiggins

Advisor

 



Rick Gmirkin
Advisor

Sandy MacDonald
Advisor


Mike Hind
Advisor

Rebecca Most
Advisor


Shirley Keakealani
Advisor

Allison Rose
Advisor



 

Staff

Hui Aloha Kīholo operates with a small but dedicated staff. There are many others that endlessly give their time voluntarily for the love of place. Please contact us to get involved.

Nahaku Kalei

Executive Director

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Ku`ulei Keakealani

Cultural Director

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Brynly Brown

Administrative Assistant

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Leighton Hind

Hoa ʻāina

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Sandy Kamaka

Hoa ʻāina

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Andrew Hanano

Hoa ʻāina

 

Star Volunteers

Who go above and beyond, who are always supporting Kīholo.

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Nancy Erger

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Puaʻala Nihau

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Darrell Ziegler

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Channalee Kamanawa


Partners

Our work is only possible with the help of partner organizations. Our vision of a thriving Kīholo requires collaborative management and active community stewardship.