Kamehameha Grads are May 22nd Puwalu presenters

A pair of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama alumnae will headline our Puwalu conference this month. Donna Kealapono Sterling and Lehua Enomoto will address the Maui Centennial Puwalu set for May 22 via Zoom.

The event from 9 to 11 a.m. will also feature a homelands needs-assessment discussion and interactive survey. The puwalu is part of a 10-part series marking the 100th anniversary of the federal Hawaiian Homes Commission Act providing the Hawaiian homestead program.

Zoom link is


Meeting ID: 875 0206 1761

Passcode: 339930

For event information, contact Kainoa Lei MacDonald at (808) 419-8646 or email:

Lehua Enomoto will discuss “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Hawaiian Homesteading.” The 1987 Kamehameha graduate will take the anti-racist discussion and bring related concepts and definitions into the Hawaiian-homestead setting.

Enomoto holds a USC doctorate in education and is the former curriculum coordinator for the Kamehameha Kapalama high school. She now serves as women’s volleyball coach at Beloit College in Wisconsin.

Kealapono Sterling will speak on “Capital Success,” on her accomplishments in accessing capital for homelands projects.

The 1967 Kamehameha graduate is a member of Ka `Ohana O Kahikinui fire committee and the County of Maui Fire and Public Safety Commission. She served as a landscaper/restoration specialist during the five-year, $500 million ordnance cleanup of Kaho`olawe island in 1999-2004. She is the founding president of Kahikinui Hawaiian Homestead Association.

Pa`upena Community Development Corporation and Credit Edge Solutions LLC co-host the 10-part Maui Centennial Puwalu series that started last year. The series aims to engage beneficiaries of the 1921 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act federal law in discussing relevant Hawaiian-homestead issues and concerns.