The 4-H ‘Aha‘ōlelo Conference will be held July 13-16, 2020 at the University of Hawai‘i, Hilo campus. This year’s theme is Beyond This Moment. The four-day program includes educational, recreational, and social events. Participants stay in university dormitories, will eat campus meals, and survive without sleep for much of the week.
4-Hers in 9th-12th grade may attend, as well as screened adults who will serve as chaperones.
Please see the Information Letter for more details including registration costs (fee will cover your lodging for 3 nights, meals during the conference, t-shirt, ground transportation to and from the airport and program costs), housing, the Ali‘i Banquet, county program sharing, workshops, dress code, and more!
Each participant is required to complete:
Many thanks to the East Hawaii 4-H Federation for their generosity in using their Paper Clover Funds to help off set costs of the conference and reducing the registration fee. There are some scholarships available for members:
Weinberg Scholarship – The Hawaii 4-H Alumni Association is offering the Ellison Onizuka/ Weinberg Scholarship ‘Aha‘ōlelo Award of $150 registration plus airfare for each (up to three Hawaii 4-Hers – one per county: Kaua‘i, Maui/Moloka‘i/Lana‘i, and O‘ahu) and $150 registration for a Hawai‘i County 4-Her, who best meet the requirements and criteria.
Talented 4-Hers – Are you an inspiring, talented 4-Her that would be interested in serving as entertainment during our morning assemblies and/or at the Ali‘i Banquet? Those who are interested in performing can submit a short audition video clip by February 29th to Catherine Chow and if they are selected will earn a $50 scholarship to apply towards their registration fee.
4-H ‘Aha‘ōlelo Conference News Team – would be responsible for writing articles and compiling them into a newsletter to be distributed shortly after the conclusion of the conference. Those interested in being on the team will need to contact and be recommended by their county agent. Those selected will earn a $50 scholarship to apply towards their registration fee.
- May 1, 2020 – Please give us a count and names of those who will be attending.
- May 31, 2020 – Registration forms and money due.
We have set up a 4-H ‘Aha‘ōlelo Conference Instagram page for you to follow our updates and to see pics during the conference. We want to encourage you to take photos and tag us too! You can search for us at “Ahaolelo2020”.
The 4-H Ahaolelo is rich in tradition. The week of “coming together” has played an important part in the development of 4-H in Hawaii. The 4-H Ahaolelo provides opportunities to make friends and exchange ideas.
The word Ahaolelo means “To come together for a meeting” in Hawaiian. The name was adopted in 1947 when 99 4-H members and leaders participated in the 4th territorial 4-H Conference. By 1958, the number of delegates increased to 212. The conference expanded to include a delegation of 12 California members and chaperone in 1965 and again in 1967 when 10 members and two leaders attended. In 1968, delegates from Canada, Guam and another delegation from California attended Ahaolelo. In 1988, Micronesians joined us and in 1989 and 1990, Guam joined us. Japan’s LABO students were part of Ahaolelo in 1991 and 1993.
Gifts to the Alii
One of the distinctly Hawaiian features of the 4-H Ahaolelo is the annual presentation of representative products of the land to persons who symbolize the highest type of leadership in Hawaii. This is called the “Gifts To The Alii” presentation. This tradition was started in 1953 when Governor and Mrs. Samuel Wilder King were recognized. Other recipients are as follows: