ASSOCIATION OF HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUBS
No. 2017 – 29
URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO RENAME THE CAPTAIN COOK POST OFFICE ON HAWAI‘I ISLAND (MOKU O KEAWE) THE KA‘AWALOA POST OFFICE
WHEREAS, in early 1900, the U.S. Postal Service began establishing numerous offices throughout the Hawaiian Islands; and
WHEREAS, the long-established and traditionally named ahupua‘a had been routinely disregarded; and
WHEREAS, in 1916, the name of the Captain Cook Post Office was proposed by an employee of the Captain Cook Coffee Company; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Census Bureau further institutionalized the name by establishing the area known as Captain Cook as a “census designated place”; and
WHEREAS, Captain Cook has been adequately memorialized at Kealakekua Bay, throughout the South Pacific and in Europe; and
WHEREAS, Hawai‘i’s place names should reflect our cultural heritage and its historical and geographical integrity; and
WHEREAS, kupuna, past and present, recognize the area where the Captain Cook Post Office is located as Ka‘awaloa.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs at its 58th Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington, in the malama of ʻIkuwā and the rising of Māhealani, this 4th day of November 2017, urging the United States Congress to rename the Captain Cook Post Office on Hawai‘i Island (Moku O Keawe) the Ka‘awaloa Post Office; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, U.S. Representative Colleen Hanabusa, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, as well as the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, President of the State Senate, Speaker of the State House of Representatives, Chair of the State Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the State House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and all County Mayors.
The undersigned hereby certifies that the foregoing Resolution was duly adopted in the malama of ʻIkuwā and the rising of Māhealani on the 4th day of November 2017, at the 58th Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in Seattle, Washington.
Annelle C. Amaral, President