ASSOCIATION OF HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUBS
NO. 2020 – 13
REMEMBERING BELOVED KUPUNA. KUMU HULA, HAWAIIAN CULTURAL ADVOCATE, EDUCATOR, AND MĀNALEO ELIZABETH KAUILA POAHA REYES
WHEREAS, kupuna Kauila Reyes was born on April 19, 1926, in Kawela, Moloka‘i to James and Mary (Waiholo) Kapiioho Poaha; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Kauila was the tenth child of 13 siblings and raised in a home that fostered aloha and respect; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Kauila was married to the late Salvador Reyes, Sr., and was the mother of seven children; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Kauila had 20 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; and
WHEREAS, as long time member of the Hoʻolehua HCC, Auntie Kauila was one of the Kukui Lama Kū Recipients at the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs Convention in 2000; and
WHEREAS, as one of Molokaʻi’s last mānaleo, kupuna Kauila was a life member of the Kuini Piʻolani Hawaiian Civic Club; and
WHEREAS, she was a member of the Molokaʻi Chapter of the Hale O Nā Ali‘i O Hawai‘i (Hālau ‘O Kawānanakoa, Inc.); and
WHEREAS, kupuna Kauila Reyes served as an educator and resource for the Kamehameha Schools on the island of Molokaʻi; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Kauila was presented with the 2016 Kalani Aliʻi Award by the Hawaiian Royal Societies for her outstanding contributions to ʻōlelo Hawai‘i, Hawaiian culture, and education; and
WHEREAS, Auntie Kauila began learning hula at the age of two on Molokaʻi from Vicky Vares, then moved to Honolulu for the 7th grade and studied under hula masters Tom Hiona and Katherine Nakaula Arboleda, the kumu hula of Hula Hālau Nui ‘O Hina; and
WHEREAS, kupuna Kauila Reyes will be sorely missed, and her legacy as a kupuna, kumu hula, educator and Hawaiian cultural specialist will live on because of her excellence in the way she shared her love and knowledge.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs at its 61st Annual Convention held online, in the malama of Makali‘i and the rising of ʻOlekūkolu, this 22nd day of November 2020, remembering beloved kupuna. kumu hula, Hawaiian cultural advocate, educator, and mānaleo Elizabeth Kauila Poaha Reyes; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to the family of the Late Kauila Poaha Reyes, the Moloka‘i Chapter of Hale O Nā Ali‘i O Hawai‘i (Hālau ‘O Kawānanakoa, Inc.), the ‘Aha Hīpu‘u, the Kamehameha Schools, her dear friend Edna Cathcart, the Kuini Pi‘olani Hawaiian Civic Club, the Ho‘olehua Hawaiian Civic Club, 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 subject matter committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the State House subject matter committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and all County Mayors.
The undersigned herby certifies that the foregoing Resolution was duly adopted in the malama of Makaliʻi and the rising of ʻOlekūkolu on the 22nd day of November 2020, at the 61st Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs held online.
Hailama V.K.K. Farden, President