MILOLIʻI, Hawaii – The Hawaiian fishing village of Miloliʻi has been selected to receive a $140,000 grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
Pa’a Pono Miloliʻi Inc. announced the grant in a media release issued on Thursday:
|The $140,000 grant centered around preserving culture and traditional fishing practices is for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 and begins next month. The grant will provide cultural activities, workshops, and enrichment’s for the Miloliʻi community at large and will include the traditional ʻOpelu fishing practice that the waters of Miloliʻi are famous for through Spring and Fall “Lawaiʻa Fishing Camps”. Additional areas of focus for the grant will be the reintroduction of Hula and the Hawaiian language as well as the restoration of the Miloliʻi canoes the Hoʻomau and Malolo as well as the construction of a canoe hale adjacent to the Miloliʻi Community Enrichment and Historical Center.
The grant will be executed by Paʻa Pono Miloliʻi Inc. whoʻs partners include the Kua O Ka La Public Charter School, Hauʻoli Ka Manaʻo Congregational Church, Kalanihale Educational nonprofit and Hoʻoulu La Hui. Additional support from outside agencies include Conservation International, Alu Like Hoʻala Hou, and the Queen Liliuokalani Childrenʻs Center. The grant will be administered by Kaimi Kaupiko a native resident of Miloliʻi and graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa Shilder School of Business.
We interviewed Kaimi Kaupiko in 2011 for a short story on the Lawaiʻa Fishing Camp held in the village that summer.