What Makes Us Strong
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The accomplishments of Nānākuli Housing Corporation stem from the vision of a generous woman who possessed a loving spirit, a fierce intellect and a passionate determination to empower the Native Hawaiian community.
Paige Kawelo Barber was raised on the Nānākuli Homestead. As the eldest of nine children, Paige saw firsthand how the security of owning a home helped with a family's stability and prosperity. She realized that empowering her community began with ensuring all of it's members had the opportunity to experience the security and prosperity that comes with being a homeowner.
Her desire to give back to both her community and her people was a powerful motivator and resulted in the creation the Nānākuli Housing Corporation which offers programs on financial literacy, home ownership counseling and self-help home repairs. Today Hawaiian families living on Hawaiian Homestead lands across the state, own their homes thanks in a large part to Paige, her vision and her commitment to empowering her people.
"Each day is truly precious."
President - Waianae Hawaiian Civic Club
Papa O Na Luna...
George Ka'eo, Sr.,
Uncle George passed away in 2019.
The Acting Chairman is
Patricia K. Brandt,
Treasurer/ Acting Chairman
Director - ALU LIKE
- Kiewit Building Group
Aera Manager - Loan Depot
"In Deepest Gratitude."
Malia Craver, Dennis Kauahi,
In ancient times, our ancestors carried heavy loads over long distances with the help of a koʻokoʻoʻ a long strong stick. They attached their heavy loads to both ends of the ko’oko’o and placed the koʻokoʻoʻ over their shoulders. Lifting their heavy burdens with the balanced support of the koʻokoʻoʻ over their shoulders, they were able to walk from the mountains to the ocean, probably taking foods such as kalo (taro), ʻuala (sweet potato), and ʻulu (breadfruit). From the ocean, they loaded up with various types of fish, seaweed and urchins and took this upland to their village. The koʻokoʻoʻ helped our ancestors fulfill their kuleana (responsibilities) to their families.
Kuleana is a very important part of our lives, for we are indeed responsible for the health and well being of our families just as our ancestors were many years ago. As they passed on their knowledge to future generations we too aspire to pass on these cultural practices and values. The koʻokoʻoʻ enables us to do this, to share the values of kuleana, ʻohana, lōkahi, kōkua and so many other cultural practices handed to us by our ancestors. NHC is very grateful to Aunty Malia Craver, Dennis Kauahi, and Louella “Cuddles” King of Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center for sharing the lessons of kuleana through the koʻokoʻoʻ.
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands
The Department of Human Services
Queen Lili'uokalani Children's Center
Friend of Hawai'i Charities
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Administration for Native Americans
Aloha United Way
Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
NeighborWorks of America