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‘O Ka‘ū Kākou President, Wayne Kawachi is walking 100 miles in “slippahs.” He is starting in Honoka‘a on Tuesday, January 2 and finishing in Na‘ālehu on Friday, January 5, 2018 to raise $250,000 for a senior housing facility (25-30 units) to be built in the heart of Na‘ālehu. ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou has raised over $4000 to date.
According to the Hawai‘i County Office of Aging, “Of the 194,190 current residents in Hawai‘i County, an estimated 17 percent are 65 and older, an increase of roughly 3.8 percent per year.” ‘O Kā‘u Kākou (OKK) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that is acknowledging and planning for the increase. Many community members share their enthusiasm, commitment, dedication, influence, and love for their community. “We love to help the community, especially our seniors because many of them don’t have their children around to help,” explains June Domondon, treasurer of ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou. Long time OKK member Glenn Okumura added, “ Na‘ālehu needs senior housing because when the families of seniors leave to find other economic opportunities, they [seniors] need a place to live and have a social life like they had before.” Lillian Aratani, who is an elderly widow shared, “I’m happy I live in Pāhala, Ka‘ū. ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou helped me by changing my roof and guard rail.” Hanako Miyahara added Ka‘ū is my home. Na‘ālehu is a wonderful place to live.” Long time resident and 442nd veteran, Iwao Yonemitsu stated, “OKK is important because they do things without thinking about self or praise. They do it for the good of the community.”
ABOUT ‘O KA‘Ū KĀKOU
‘O Ka‘ū Kākou is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports and promotes healthy sponsorships through educational, cultural, and economic development projects and activities. ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou is able to conduct integral community service through its 100% volunteer workforce, donations, grants, and on-going fundraisers. Here are some of OKK’s continuing sponsorships:
- Annual Ka‘ū Keiki Fishing Tournament for the past 10 years.
- $5000 in scholarship funds to Ka‘ū students for higher education (2011 – 2018)
- Ka‘ū Coffee Trail Run
- Naalehu 4th of July Parade for the past 5 years
- Quarterly maintenance of 6 miles of adopted Highway 11 and Punalu‘u Loop Road clean-up
- Semi-annual Punalu‘u Beach lagoon invasive aqua plants clean-up
- Restoration of Pāhala Hongwanji Sunday school/dojo
- Ka‘ū Seniors and Kupuna care (yard maintenance, home repairs, installation of safety equipment)
- Assist other non-profits, school and community organizations, and sports teams with fundraiser events
- Restoration and maintenance of 5 historical cemeteries in Ka‘ū District
To send a check, please make payable to ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou and send to P.O. Box 365 Pāhala, HI 96777
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Secretary, ‘O Ka‘ū Kākou
Phone: 938-5124 | Email: [email protected]