Date Organized:  July 1, 1989
Date Chartered by AOHCC:  July 28, 1989
Club Pua:  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


2016 Pelekikena


To promote and perpetuate the traditional values and cultural expertise of the 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), culture, and Hawaiian language of Hawai'i and to encourage their use.


Pelekikena 'Elele Waha 'Ole

Aloha Kakou e 'ohana o LVHCC
Hau’oli Makahiki Hou.

We greet the New Year with exciting expectations and plans for the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club.

First, please welcome and congratulate our newly elected Officers and Board of Directors 2016 -2017:

Hope Pelekikena Mua 1st Vice President: Owen Kimo Wong (Born in Honolulu, O’ahu)

Kakau 'Olelo Ho'o Pa'a Recording Secretary: Mohala Reed (Born in Honolulu, O’ahu)

Pu`uku Treasurer: Larry Gove (Born in Seattle, Washington)

Board Member: Delwayne Arakaki (Born in Honolulu, O’ahu)

Board Member: Jon “Keoni” Park (Born in Honolulu, O’ahu)

MCAHCC Kalaimoku: Gail Wright (Born in Binghampton, New York)

Returning Officers and Board Members:

2016 Pelekikena President: Tieri Pa’ahana Bissen (Born in Pu’unene, Maui)

Hope Pelekikena`Elua 2nd Vice President: Dorinda Puanani Burnet (Born in Honolulu, O’ahu)

Board Member: Nate Makaiwi (Born in San Francisco, California)

Board Member: Charlene Gove (Born in Honolulu, O’ahu)

We also extend a sincere mahalo nui loa to our out-going 2014-2015 officers and Board Members for their leadership and kokua (help/support):

Pu`uku Treasurer: Gina Studebaker

Kakau 'Olelo Recording Secretary: Patrick Filbert

Special mahalo to our Alicia “Ali” Tamura for filling in as Secretary when we needed her.

MCAHCC Kalaimoku: Oni Onekea

We wish safe journey to both Gina and Patrick as they and their ‘Ohana relocate. The Studebaker’s to Carson City, NV and the Filberts to O’ahu, HI. We will surely miss you all.

Looking back at 2015 We increased our membership by 40% in 2014.  Through Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union we had a surge of over 30+ new members not to mention recruitment from our community activities. We look forward to increasing our membership even more this year.  

LVHCC is always pleased to support the Annual University of Hawaii Alumni Stew Night and on 03/14/2015 we enjoyed Hawaii’s treasured entertainer Marlene Sai perform to an audience of over 300. Mahalo to the UH Alumni in hosting a spectacular event. Also good to see our LVHCC/UH members Bill and Miriam Olds, Lynette Macauley, Gail Wright, and Pat Filbert.

LVHCC provided a Quilt and Native Plant Cultural Workshops for ‘Ohana Day at the Springs Preserve.  Also had a successful Membership Drive 05/09/2015.  Mahalo to Event/Membership Drive Chair Gail Wright, Paoakalani Quilts-Joseph Serrao, and Pa ’ahana-Native Plants.

On 06/11/2015 , LVHCC hosted a Hawaiian Language presentation by Dr. Ku Kahakulau launching on-line learning at More than 50 attendees participated in the 2 hour ‘Ol elo Hawai’I Program.  Mahalo to Pat Filbert for coordinating the event.

LVHCC supported and assisted Kamehameha School Alumni 5th Annual Camp Lokahi held at Lee Canyon.  Over 50 participants enjoyed the 3 Day 2 Night ‘Ohana experience led by Dr. Ku Kahakalau and daughter ‘I‘inimaikalani began with na mo'oleleo o Moku o Keawe (stories of Hawaii Island), current state of affairs of Mauna Kea, and na mele of the song writer Ku Kahakalau and Sistah Robi.  LVHCC provided cultural workshops on the ihu hokiokio, ti lei making, laulau workshop and Hawaiian petroglyph images.  Mahalo to LVHCC/KSA members Owen Wong and Dorinda Burnett with the other Officers of KSA: Jody Wai, Leina’ala Ah Loo and Haunani Vincent.

LVHCC also hosted monthly gatherings at the Aloha Kitchen on Decatur and Sahara.  We invited our local community to come and fellowship, sing, dance and enjoy the life the 9th Island brings to all our relocated ‘Ohana.  Writer Wayne Moniz dropped by to share his new book, “Pukoko”, about a Hawaiian in the Civil War. Chair: Owen Wong

LVHCC celebrated its 25th Annual Prince Jonah Kuhio Ho'oluale’a at the Henderson Events Center. 09/12-13/2015 was a celebration of Community - Ho'omau: Preserve, Cherish and Continue.  We were blessed to have the Who's who of Southern Nevada come and celebrate on stage:

Kailiha`o Hula Vincent Souza & BJ Souza

Nani Ola Hawaiian Dance Company Kanani Pharr Cadaoas

Hula Halau `O Kaleo`okalani Jeri Santos

Drums of the Islands Rozita Lee

Halau Hula O Kaleimomi Sheldeen and Gary Haleamau

Polynesian Rhythms Emily Pierce

Tevakanui - Henry George

Danny Estocado and Friends

Ku'u Wai Hula from Waipahu


Baba B (special performance).

Congratulations to the Ho’olaule’a Komike under the keen leadership and organization of Dorinda Burnet, Delwayne Arakaki, Gail Wright, Jo Beck, Gina and Ryan Studebaker, Owen Wong, Oni Onekea, Charlene Gove, Kuulei Rogers and Nate and Charlene Makaiwi.

Last but not least, we were so very pleased to be invited by the Boyd Gaming to participate in its 1st Annual Tree of Hope Competition. LVHCC was awarded 2nd Place among other notable non-profit organizations. California Hotel and Casino
Alzheimer’s Association of Southern Nevada: $2500.00
Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club: $ 1250.00
Safe Nest: $1000.00
Honorary Mentions: DISCOVERY Children’s Museum; First Friday Foundation ($ 375.00/ea)

Looking forward to 2016 Our Board is up and ready, and busily planning our Calendar of events for 2016. We invite you to attend our upcoming membership meeting January 24, 2016 at the Las Vegas Buddhist Sangha Center to welcome on Board our New Officers and Board of Directors and to be an active member of the Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club.

Me kealoha pumehana