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Previous Newsletters photo courtesy of HCDA

Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

KIA Golf Tournament

Did you see the “Golf Tournament Raises Funds ‘Fore’ Keiki” picture and information on the KIA Invitational Golf Tournament donating $10,000 to KCAA Muriel Preschool in MidWeek’s HOTSHOTS July 12th issue? That picture was in the June KIA newsletter.


The Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA) has a monthly newsletter “Community Collection” that is shared with Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director. She emails the KIA Board a copy of each issue.  Check out all their newsletters at

An article from their July 2022 issue shared that on July 2nd, more than 50 residents and dog owners participated in the rally at Kolowalu Park to hear the announcement of the establishment of an off-leash dog park in the Kolowalu Mauka Park for small dogs and large dogs. It was also shared that the construction of a temporary crosswalk and refuge island on Queen Street between the parks would start on the July 5th.

KIA General Membership Meeting

The attached flyer regarding the KIA General Membership Meeting set for Wednesday, August 31st from 11:30am at Kupu is just a reminder that all KIA members who paid their 2022 membership dues may attend at no cost. KIA invites up to two people from each membership at no charge; however, anyone after the first two will be charged $10 for the lunch, payable at the door.

RSVPs will be taken through August 24th by emailing, or texting/calling Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director, at 808-722-8487. The company and and names of attendees will be needed. If there is a change in the attendee names, please let Sherry Know by August 29th; however, any cancellation will be charged the $10 per person.

KIA is committed to doing everything it can to protect the community’s health, safety and well-being. Masks are no longer mandatory and are optional. However, KIA encourages the community to do what makes them feel safe and to please respect everyone else’s decision to do the same. Being around other people in public poses a risk of exposure to COVID-19. By attending the KIA General Membership meeting, you voluntarily assume that risk.

Back to School

KCAA Muriel Preschool was asked to provide a list of school items that would help them in the 2022-2023 year. Teachers will provide their “Wish List” later in August and Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director, will email to KIA members. In the past, she has taken a list and purchased all supplies a teacher needed…maybe there will be a KIA member who could do the same.

KIA Profile

Although not a KIA Board member, it was in August 2001 when Sherry Goya was asked to recruit new members for KIA, then 9-11 happened, which hurt the membership drive. She walked around Kakaako to let businesses know that KIA had been around since 1987 as a “watchdog” for the Hawaii Community Development Authority (HCDA), which was created by the legislature. KIA united those who lived, worked and played in Kakaako.

In May 2002, Sherry started writing, printing and distributing the monthly KIA newsletter, and by November 2002, she was taking the board meeting minutes, as well as coordinating the KIA General Membership Meetings. Taking upon all aspects of running KIA for the Board of Directors, Sherry became their Executive Director in 2004. In 2007 and 2017, Sherry coordinated the KIA 20th and 30th anniversary celebration. She has also worked on nine of the past nineteen KIA Invitational Golf Tournaments. In 2012, requested by KIA members, Sherry created the KIA Networking Event which is held twice a year.

Sherry has owned her consulting business since 1993. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of Operations for ERA of Hawaii; and from 1973, Sherry worked in the corporate office of Mike McCormack, Realtors/The McCormack Corporation, leaving in 1990 as their Director of Human Resources and Facilities. Currently, Sherry is the Executive Director for two other nonprofit organizations, marketing representative for a shopping center, and business consultant to a number of individuals and small companies. She is the owner of Real Estate Referral Center, Inc. since 1993. Sherry  has coached and taught tennis for St. Andrew’s Priory since 2002.