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Historic Ala Moana Pumping Station

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Did anyone see the November/December 2022 issue of Modern Luxury Hawaii magazine that had an article entitled “Rebels With a Cause?” It said, “Philanthropists do more than just champion a cause they revolutionize the world along the way.” The article highlighted local altruists the magazine thought were making a different in Hawaii….naming John Leong, KIA member, Kupu Hawaii’s CEO and Co-Founder. Congratulations for this recognition!

The Children’s Discovery Center has a full month of activities for keiki, parents, and kupuna. They will celebrate the season with hands on experiments and cool crafts on Saturday, December 10th.  Registration information is available online at Celebrate “Founder’s Day” on Saturday, December 17th as founder Loretta Yajima’s legacy lives on with 24 years of learning through play! Admission will be $6.75, a throwback to their original child’s admission price when they opened in 1998. On Sunday, December 18th, “Santa’s Secret Workshop” will be open for an exciting day or holiday fun. Register online. Last but not least, their “New Year’s at Noon” event will be held Saturday, December 31st from 10am to 1pm, with a balloon drop countdown at NOON.

The John A. Burns School of Medicine wanted to let KIA know about a new student-run initiative, where medical students are going out to the high schools (Farrington, Waianae, Nanakuli, Roosevelt and Kalani) to teach about heart health, including doing a CPR workshop.

KIA 2023 Renewal

All members of the Kakaako Improvement Association were emailed the 2023 KIA Membership Renewal form on December 1st. Click here for the renewal form for your convenience. If you wish to pay via charge card, feel free to email Sherry Goya, KIA Executive Director, at or fax to 808-235-3650.

KIA Board Member Ballot

The ballot for 2023 Board members is available here. All KIA members may vote via email, fax or U.S. mail by December 31, 2022.

Below is the list of Board members needing approval from the


2023-2025 KIA Membership Directory

For the first time in ten years, KIA will have a printed KIA Membership Directory by KIA member Obun Hawaii. It will be given to all KIA members, as well as be distributed to potential members and business/residents in the area. What a great way to just pick up the directory to look for fellow KIA members to use their products or services.

All membership directories did not cost KIA any money because advertisements were sold. Full color advertisements will be included in the upcoming directory. The directory size will be 5-1/2” x 8-1/2” (letter-size paper folded in half) and there are just three sizes: full page, half page, and quarter page, with the full page having three premium locations (inside front, inside back and back covers). Click here for the Advertising Form & Contract. As of the writing of this issue, a full page has been purchased by WCIT Architecture and a quarter page by Sherry A. Goya, LLC.

Only KIA members may place an ad in the directory. The form can be completed and mailed with a check any time before March 6, 2023 to reserve a space. The full-color PDF of the advertisement will be needed by March 6th.