Koloa Camp Revival Event

SOURCE: Jeri DiPietro (ofstone@aol.com)
SUBHEAD: This event highlights the spirit of community that was a special part of Koloa Camp, as an example of aloha.  

By Jeri DiPietro on 16 May 2012 for press release in Island Breath- 

Image above: Painting of o plantation house titled "By Gone Days" by Kauai artist Martin Wessler. From (http://wesslerfineart.com/workszoom/860487). Note: Image removed at the request of artist.

“KOLOA CAMP REVIVAL” EVENT A celebration of our Koloa Camp Ohana  

Sunday, May 20th, 2012 Noon – 5 PM  

WHERE: Koloa Ball Park  

For more information about this event contact: 808-292-3695 or 808-635-6145

Friends and supporters of Koloa Camp ohana present a celebration of the camp culture, comraderie, and history of Koloa Camp on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Koloa Ball Park, noon - 5 pm. This event highlights the spirit of community that was a special part of Koloa Camp, as an example of old Kaua’ian aloha.

Live music by Kaua’i musicians, "talk story" with Koloa Camp kupuna and friends, food, and photo displays are part of this family-oriented celebration. “We want to thank all the people – the state senators, county council members, volunteers, petition signers, sign wavers, everyone who helped make the case for more affordable housing and respect for Koloa Camp tenants and kupuna,” said Doreen Jacintho, a longtime tenant of Koloa Camp. Ms. Jacintho is the daughter of Louis Jacintho, Jr., a Grove Farm irrigation supervisor.

In spring 2012, following eviction notices delivered to Koloa Camp tenants by landowner Grove Farm, the Kaua’i County Council and Hawaii State Senate passed resolutions urging Grove Farm to explore “win-win” alternatives to its proposed new housing development, to include more affordable housing for Koloa Camp existing tenants. Many Koloa Camp tenants were elderly with severely limited incomes and limited relocation possibilities.

Despite the passage of these resolutions Grove Farm proceeded with the evictions. “Aloha needs to be defined and lived anew by each generation,” said County Council member JoAnn Yukimura, “Each person and each business must ask the question, ‘How do we act with aloha here and now?’ I believe a win-win solution can be found for Koloa Camp and Grove Farm if we have the courage to try new ways and meet each other with mutual respect and the desire to find common ground.”


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