Due to COVID-19, we have switched the ‘Aha‘ōlelo Conference to a One-day Zoom Conference featuring activities, workshops & speakers for youth. The event will take place on Saturday, July 18th 2020 from 9:00 a.m.—2:30 p.m.
All 4-H members that will be going next year into the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade plus any seniors that just graduated, are eligible to attend.
Please complete our interest survey by May 15th so that we have an accurate count of participants.
If you require an auxiliary aide or accommodation due to a disability, please contact Becky Settlage, Hawaii County 4-H Agent, at 808-969-8213 by 5/15/2020.
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: