Date Organized: July 1, 1989
Date Chartered by AOHCC: July 28, 1989
Club Pua (Flower): Carnation and Ohai Ali'i
Club Colors: Red and Gold
Club Motto (Hawaiian): Kulia E Loa'a Ka Na'auao
Club Motto (English): Strive to obtain wisdom
To promote and perpetuate the traditional values and cultural expertise of Native Hawaiians.
To promote educational projects for the benefit of any race (but with primary emphasis on the people of Hawaiian Ancestry or Hawai'i born) and to assist in furthering their
education with the aid of scholarships.
To unite members into one harmonious group, working to promote the principles of good government.
To take an active interest in the civic, economic, social, health and moral welfare of the community and the people of Hawaiian ancestry.
To provide a forum for the free discussion of issues in the public interest and programs beneficial to the Hawaiian community.
To perpetuate the traditions, mele (songs) and chants (oli), culture, customs, and Hawaiian language of Hawai'i and to encourage their use.
Pelekikena 'Elele Waha 'Ole
Aloha mai Kakou ame Hau’oli Makahiki Hou,
As 2019 begins, we at LVHCC are looking forward to a fun filled year of activities. We start the year with 6 new club officers and board
members who will support the vision and progression of this club for 2019.
This year LVHCC will be celebrating our 30th year of existence. That says a lot because Las Vegas is known as a very transient city.
We have had our good years and challenging years but through it all, WE SURVIVED! Now we are looking forward to being more
visible in our community.
Case in point: we have moved forward from initial plans for a for rental space to begin development of a community center by speaking
with Nevada Congressional delegates in Washington DC related to lack of such a facility and the potential for matching funds as well as
writing and submitting a resolution to the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (AHCC) which passed it--you can see the signed
Resolution on the AHCC tab on this website--for this community center. This is a dream many have had, but none have executed. Now,
we are working with local Asian Pacific Islander organizations, the Las Vegas City Council, and several other entities to jointly begin
development of the Center; exciting times!
We invite you to become a member and be active in all activities we have planned for 2019. With supportive community effort, we will
be able to accomplish all goals and tasks we have planned for our Polynesian/Hawaiian community here in Las Vegas.
Imua kakou a me Kulia e loa'a ka na'auao
Let us proceed forward as we strive to obtain and preserve the wisdom, culture and traditions of our heritage
Please welcome and congratulate our newly elected Officers and Board of Directors 2019-2020:
Pelekikena President: Dorinda Puanani Burnet (2nd term)
Hope Pelekikena 'Elua 2nd Vice President: Larry Gove
Kakau 'Olelo Ho'opa'a Secretary: Patrick Filbert (2nd term)
Pu'uku Treasurer: Charlene Gove
Papa Ho’oholo Director: Joseph Serrao
Papa Ho’oholo Director: Nate Makaiwi
Papa Ho'oholo Director: Maggie Perry (Appointed June 2019; pending August 2019 election)
Mainland Council & Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs Koho Mua Representative: Tieri Pa'ahana Bissen
Returning Officers and Board Members:
Papa Ho’oholo Director: Lee Burnet
Pelekikena Iho Nei Immediate Past President: Tieri Pa'ahana Bissen
We also extend a sincere Mahalo nui loa to our out-going 2017-2018 Officers & Board Members for their leadership & kokua (help):
Hope Pelekikena Mua 1st Vice President: Hartwell Ku
Papa Ho’oholo Board Member: Mel Borje
Papa Ho’oholo Board Member: Ku'uleialoha Rogers
Mainland Council & Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs Koho Mua Representative: Gail Wright
Significant events in 2018
LVHCC celebrated its 28th Annual Pacific islander Festival & Ho'oluale’a at the Henderson Events Center (September 15-16). Congratulations to
the Ho’olaule’a Komike under the keen leadership & organization of Pat Filbert, Owen Wong, Lee Burnet, Joseph Serrao, Pa'a Bissen, Delwayne
Arakai, Renee Johnson, and our Hospitality Team of Charlene and Larry Gove.
We expanded our efforts to interact with the community this past year for events including partnering with the City of Henderson to coordinate
vendors and pre-movie entertainment for a showing of "Moana" at the Cornerstone Park. We were also very honored to be asked by the Las Vegas
Museum of Natural History to plan and create a Makahiki display for the second year in a row for the museum's annual "A December to Remember"
event depicting various culture's traditions during the holiday season. Boyd Gaming invited us to decorate a tree for their annual "Trees of Hope"
fundraising effort and we placed 4th AND won the first cocktail raffle generating a good sum for our scholarship efforts.
As noted above, we continue our efforts to bring a cultural center to Las Vegas and greatly appreciate the time of several Nevada Congressional
members (Representative Dana Titus, [then Representative] Senator Jackie Rosen, and the Staff of the Office of Senator Heller) for their time in
June when Club Representatives "Stormed the Hill" in Washington DC to discuss this topic and explore the potential for funding in conjunction with
the City of Las Vegas overseeing operations of the center. We will be speaking with Las Vegas and Henderson City Council Members on this topic
as 2019 unfolds. We feel very positive about this effort and with the approval of the AHCC Resolution, that will go to a number of Nevada and
Hawai'i state and congressional offices, our next milestone will be to concurrently develop a business plan and coordinate with City officials.
Me kealoha pumehana,