Ho’olauna – Introduction
|Written by NHC Staff|
|Friday, 30 October 2009 02:14|
The Nãnãkuli community established The Nãnãkuli Housing Corporation in 1989 in an effort to create a community worthy of the families who live there.
The spirit and philosophy of our organization are embodied in our logo, the kukui or candlenut, an important natural resource for the Hawaiian people.
The kukui nut produces rich oil used to provide light and hence symbolic of knowledge or enlightenment.
The meat of the nut is cooked and used to prepare the relish `inamona a source of sustenance.
Wood from kukui trees was used to build canoes and gum from the tree bark was used to adorn tapa. Kukui nutshells and tree roots are used to create a black dye for tapa making.
Today, kukui nuts, leaves and flowers are proudly worn in lei and kukui is a favorite motif of quilt makers and other artisans who recognize its symbolic meaning.
We have chosen the kukui to signify our goal to provide service and guidance to generations of today and tomorrow.
Rozena and Abraham Nuuanu
Aloha, I just wanted to thank Nãnãkuli Housing Corporation, its’ workers and volunteers for the great program you offered to the families on Hawaiian Home Lands. If we hadn’t heard about your great program, I would have not known how we would afford to make room in our house for my new granddaughter. Because of the home repair and maintenance classes and the timely delivery of materials supplied by NHC, we were able to build an extension to my daughter’s bedroom.
We have so many in one house getting enough hot water was a big problem. We had a 40-gallon tank and our electric bill was in the $700.00 range. Thank God for a special grant that NHC received for solar systems, which my family and others in the same situation had installed. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Learn more…