Cultivating The Ewa Community

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - November 26, 2008
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Ewa Beach residents (from left) Frances Revero, Kuuwainanai Eaton, Roxanne Adams, Arline Eaton, Alicia Maluafiti and Sharene Saito Tam reap the many benefits of the Hoakalei Culture Foundation and its culturally based projects.

The Hoakalei Cultural Foundation recently gave away 300 na’u plants to Ewa Beach residents.

“It was wonderful,” said Arline Eaton, president of the foundation. “The volunteers were able to explain about the endemic plants native to Hawaii. It’s something that’s sturdy as long as it has enough water and enough space.”

About 100 people stopped by Keoneula Elementary School Nov. 8 for the organization’s second giveaway. A portion of the funds for the plants - the na’u is the Hawaiian gardenia - came from Kaulunani, a Department of Land and Natural Resources forestry program.

“We intend to do this perhaps every Arbor Day,” Eaton noted.

The purpose of the 2-year-old foundation is to promote Hawaiian culture in the Ewa area in addition to stewardship of the land, she explained. Future plans for the organization include establishing a canoe club as well as a center with a museum.

“We hope to get a hale done to have something where we can take the children in and explain to them about the area,” said Eaton. “I like to look at the children as they are our future, and they will carry over.”

Eaton, an Iroquois Point Elementary School Hawaiian education instructor, leads the nonprofit with vice president Mary Serrao, who is a co-founder of the Puuloa Outrigger Canoe Club. They hope to start building near the marina in the next two years.

Community assistance with fundraising efforts is welcome. For more information, log onto or call 349-6845.


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