(HawaiiNewsNow) - This place will be bustling next week with the 10th anniversary of the Native Hawaiian Convention.
Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. E paʻahana maoli ana nô ʻo ʻaneʻi i kçia pule aʻe ke mâlama ʻia ka ʻaha ʻôiwi Hawaiʻi kûikawâ, ʻo ka piha makahiki 10 nô hoʻi.
"The Convention has been known as a place to discuss challenges and also to identify solutions and network with other native communities and other community leaders across the state," says Lilia Kapuniai, VP, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.
He pôʻaiapili ia e kûkâkûkâ ʻia ai nâ nînûnç, ʻimi hâʻi a launa no ka Hawaiʻi.
The convention kicks off next week and runs from Tuesday thru Thursday.
E mâlama ʻia ana ka ʻaha i kçia pule aʻe mai ka Poʻalua a i ka Poʻahâ.
"As this is our tenth year, weʻre building upon the themes from previous years. The Convention theme this year is Lâlâwai Kâkou, E Hana Kaiâulu, When The Community Works Together We Work Together In Success," said Kapuniai.
Ua kûkulu ʻia ka mâkia o kçia makahiki ma luna o nâ mâkia o nâ makahiki i hala. ʻO "Lâlâwai Kâkou, E Hana Kaiâulu – Community Works Together In Success".
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Nui nâ ʻano papa e komo ai mai ka noi kâlâ a i ka hoʻomôhala papahana kaiâulu, a ma ʻô loa aku.
"This year some of the special sessions include a session specifically for individuals with an interest in Hawaiian Home Land issues. We also have a session specifically focused on Native Hawaiian education," said Kapuniai.
ʻO kekahi o nâ papa kuikawâ i kçia makahiki ua pili i nâ nînûnç o ke Keʻena ʻÂina Hoʻopulapula. A ʻo kekahi ua pili i ka hoʻonaʻauao ʻôiwi Hawaiʻi.
As usual, high-profile leaders from across the nation and state will be on-hand.
E like me ka mau i ka ʻaha ana nô nâ alakaʻi aupuni pekelala a mokuʻâina pû.
"Some of our presenters joining us this year include our Congressional delegation. We also have the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor. Collette Machado the Chair of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will also be joining us," lists Kapuniai.
E hoʻea ana nâ ʻelele ʻAhaʻôlelo, ke Kiaʻâina a Hope Kiaʻâina. A pçlâ pû ʻo Collette Machado, ke poʻo o OHA.
"Well if you come to Convention you donʻt have to just sit and listen to people talk you can go outside into the marketplace and shop around," says Kapuniai.
ʻAʻole ʻo ke komo papa a hoʻolohe wale ka hana, loaʻa pû ana ka poʻe kâlepa.
"All of our cultural practitioners are right outside. All of the people who are doing stone and woodwork and ʻieʻie weaving and kapa and hala, theyʻll be outside," said Maile Meyer, CNHA Board Member.
Ma waho pono ana nô ka poʻe kâlai lâʻau a pôhaku, ulana lauhana a kuku kappa.
"Itʻs a phenomenal thing to take ourselves out of the day to day grind and to be able to be together," said Meyer.
He nani ka hiki ke ʻâkoakoa like.
For more information and to register, call CNHA at 808-596-8155.