Welcome Letter


Aloha Mai Kakou!

Thank you all for your interest, participation and commitment, to the 2nd Annual 2012 Miloli‘i Lawai‘a 'Ohana Camp. We are honored to host one of a handful of Lawai‘a camps this summer held statewide through a grant made possible from Conservation International. The Lawai‘a 'Ohana Camps is an integral component of the Hawai‘i Fish Trust Program, thus Miloli‘i will serve as the host community for the South Kona region.

The goals of the camp are:

  1. Support hands-on learning experiences that allow families and communities to teach each other about sustainable fishing practices and marine ecology in their area.
  2. Learn more about Hawaii‘s fishing families and their needs/desires.
  3. Increase voluntary compliance with existing marine policies.
  4. Provide a service and benefit to the communities of Hawai‘i before asking for their participation in the data gathering components of the Hawai‘i Fish Trust Program.

The 2012 camp coordinators are excited and honored again to host a Lawai'a Ohana Camp this summer. Over the past few months we have brainstormed and we have decided on a few awesome ideas, programs and activities for the camp.

This year's Lawai'a Ohana Camp will have a change of venue. This year the camp will be held in the heart of Miloli'i, the Miloli'i Bay. Located at the end of the five-mile road from highway 11, the Milolii Park is the gatherings place of the village. It plays host for all people, a place for community members to relax, have get-togethers, community meetings, and even attend church. This year the camp will use the entire park and Miloli'i Bay as it venue. Participants will camp in the front of the park and activities, camp meetings and meals will be housed under the community halau. The park also has a public restrooms and a basketball court for outdoor activities. Drinkable water will be delivered for participants to shower and use for cooking food. The park is a perfect host as it is a centralized point for all people.

The dates of this year's camp will be held on Wednesday June 27, 2012. The camp will immense at 8:30 am with opening protocol. This year we will be seeking to have a special oli created for the haumana to use and learn for Milolii. The camp will be for three nights and four days and will conclude on June 30, 2012 at around 12 pm.

This year the camp coordinators are Kaimi Kaupiko and Lei Kaupu. Kaimi and Lei along with other members of the Miloli'i community decided to focus on three species, which they feel are paramount to preserving Milolii's precious resources. The three species they chose were due to the noticeable decline of these resources over the past few years. As a community and cultural practitioners this year‘s camp goal is to continue the traditional ways of taking care and preserving the little we do have in Miloli'i and on the South Kona Coastline. We believe strongly in its restoration and preservation for all to enjoy.

The three species are:

  1. Paku‘iku‘i
  2. 'Opihi
  3. Limu

First, the Paku‘iku‘i is a favorite reef fish among all villagers. This year the camp will study, learn and embrace everything they can in regards to the Pakukui. The second species is the Opihi, the students will learn the insides and outsides of the Opihi and hopeful are able to make an opihi necklace. Finally, the children of the camp will learn the different limu's Miloli'i has and our goal is to have a limu restoration project and help repopulate the limu in Miloli'i.

Other major activities that will be held this year is; fish counting, mo'olelo stories of our three species, hula, fish alkaline pond restoration, hike to Honomalino bay, cross net demonstration, and a community lu‘au for everyone. This year the students will create digital workbooks as part of their Lawai'a Kit for all participants. The students will create digital presentations to present at the Luau and also to take home to their families. We will be using technology throughout the camp and will take pictures and make videos.

Thank you again for your support and we look forward to seeing you all

Ka'imi N. Kaupiko & Leivallyn Kaupu Camp Coordinators