A Summary of KHS Meetings 2012-2013

Here is an overview of our public meetings in 2012-2013. We have one more meeting this year – information and details will be coming soon!

A Sample of Recent Public Meetings:

  • February 2012 Descending Stories: How shall we tell them? with Kaui Hart Hemmings, Tom Coffman and Maile Meyer.
  • May 2012 Hula in Kailua with family and graduates of Bella Richards, Lani Kalama, Puluelo Park and the Beamer ʻohana.
  • July 2012 Kailua: How Shall We Paint It with Sherree KcKellar, Carter Black and the Windward Artists Guild.
  • October 2012 Before the Military: Mōkapu Peninsula with archaeology and former resident panelists.
  • November 2011 Historic Harmonies: Kailua’s musical legacy with Charlani Kalama, Mihana Souza and Mrs. Shigeru Hotoke.
  • January 2013 Going with the Flow: Roadside Stands with panelists Lydia Asato Ranger, Norman Kawauchi and Leroy Gilliland featuring the photographs from the Nishikawa-Kimura family.
  • April 2013 The Castle Legacy: Fifty Years of Philanthropy with panelists Terry George, Mitch D’Olier, Randy Moore, Lisa DeLong and Corbett Kalama
  • July 2013 Kids’ Play: Before the Rec and the Y with panelists Howard Okita, Jane Lipp, Doryne Decker Ringler, and Jiro Tanabe
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The extraordinary book KAILUA is now available!


See what’s being said about our book Kailua.

KAILUA – in the wisps of the Malanai breeze

Kailua showcases the rich cultural and environmental history of the ahupua’a through vintage and contemporary photographs, maps, insightful essays and stories, and songs written by residents, past and present. The book has been in the making for several years. It is nearly 300 pages, includes over 180 photographs, and features the perspective of 23 authors and contributors on topics such as early land ownership, culture, agriculture, archaeology, geology, and environment.

Your Kailua Historical Society membership will entitle you to purchase this book at a 15% discount. Membership and book purchase information is available on this website.

Barefoot Days in Kailua: Minding the Store

Beginning in the early 1900’s, all Kailua stores were located where the streams enter into the Kawai Nui Marsh. It was here that a thriving rice industry had sprouted – including three rice mills. The stores played a central role in the emerging urbanization.

Before the moderni Pali Haighway was constructed (1955 – 1960), a thriving early community of immigrant farmers blended in with the Hawaiian families already there to experiment in a consumer lifestyle. It demanded patience, trust, hard work, cooperation, and, when making a purchase, a good credit rating. It was an experiment demanding much flexibility – so much so that today all of Kailua’s stores are situated three miles down the road.

A panel of early residents – moderated by Dr. Paul Brennan – will share their memories.

September 17, 2008
7:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church
875 Auloa Rd