Community Association

About the Keaukaha Community Association (KCA)

Kūhiō Chapel circa 1940. Courtesy of the Keaukaha Digital Archive.  


Keaukaha our “āina ho’opulapula” symbolizes movement like the many currents that surround us, the fluency of writing in mele and mo’olelo of our kupuna continues. So like the planting of the lau hala in the making of a papale, basket, or moena always in constant motion. The kihala also emits a time of change or movement from green to white, then orange, and for those rare occasions red. This is the beginning of our lei hala. 
“‘Ike ‘ia i ka nani o Keaukaha!”
Preamble of the Keaukaha Community Association 

Keaukaha Digital Archive

Keaukaha Digital Archive

Ka ʻĀina Hoʻopulapula o Keaukaha.

The Hawaiian homelands of Keaukaha.  

Kīhala: Our Symbol 
We the native Hawaiians, beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, HONORS the legacy of Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole Piʻikoi, who worked tirelessly as a delegate in the Congress of the United States of America in establishing the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920 as amended July 9, 1921, c 42, 42 Stat. 108

What is now known as the Keaukaha Community Association (KCA), in its infancy were the members of Kūhiō Settlement. KCA's primary activity then as it is now is to “…better the conditions of the native Hawaiians.” Over the past 86 years, it has existed under other names including the Mothers Club and after the relocation of many of our residents to Pana'ewa to make way for the expansion of the Hilo Airport it was called the Keaukaha-Pana'ewa Community Association. For the past 33 years we have been called the Keaukaha Community Association when in 1981, Pana'ewa Hawaiian Home Lands Community Association (PHHLCA) was formed.

Today the KCA is involved with every aspect of our Mission and Vision Statement. We work tirelessly to protect, preserve and perpetuate the rights we have under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920. We also work to protect, preserve and perpetuate our traditional and customary rights set out in the Hawaiʻi State constitution and seek the wisdom of our kūpuna. We continue to engage, encourage and promote community pride and participation in all efforts to provide a safe neighborhood while trying to reduce neighborhood tensions doing all of this in our efforts to “…better the conditions of all our native Hawaiians” all over the State of Hawaiʻi in general but in particular those who reside in Keaukaha.