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Members List:

Edlyn Olaso
1st Vice P:
Robert Bunda
2nd Vice Pres.:
Walter Benavitz
Stacie Sasagawa
Roberta Rivera
Past President:
R. Doug Aton
Jef Fern
Tim Pagud
Chris Peterson
Marcia Sumile
Keone Ahlo
Jack Kampfer

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Edlyn4.jpgMessage From the President

Aloha to Our Wahiawa community and businesses, The Wahiawa Community & Business Association has been in existence since 1935 and the changes that we’ve seen has spurred a whirlwind of events. We at WCBA, will continue to be an advocate for Wahiawa businesses and our community through all of those changes. Make no mistake, it will be challenging but many of the things worth fighting for is, and will always be, met with challenges.

With the help of our existing board members, along with the addition of new members, we hope to take this longstanding organization into a new direction. We are in the process of rebranding WCBA to appeal to those that have a rich history and personal connection to “Our Wahiawa”. Please visit our new web site, "OurWahiawa," and also check out our new Facebook page and our Twitter page. We would like for you to share some of your fondest memories and photos with us so that we can all take that walk down memory lane together.

If you have any stories that might be of interest to the community, please feel free to contact us so that we can share the articles of interest to everyone that visits us. You can contact us through our new website or by emailing us at

Our ongoing connection to our Military neighbors makes this community so unique, you can’t help but embrace our cultural diversity. The WCBA will remain actively involved in government affairs that affect all of us that call Wahiawa our home, by being the conduit in which our residents and businesses have a voice, so that we may prosper, become a place of Aloha, and embrace our culture and family values.

Sincerely, Edlyn Moana Olaso WCBA President

Coming Events


Wahiawa Lions Club's 72nd Veterans Day Parade with Sponsorship from BAE Systems

Monday, November 12 beginning at 10:00 AM

From Ka`ala Elementary School to Wahiawa District Park on California Avenue

Ceremonies at the park follow the parade

See parade flyer: download THIS Adobe PDF file

Organizations wishing to participate need to complete and submit:

1) Participation THIS Adobe PDF file

2) Talent Release Form for Olelo and other media THIS Adobe PDF file

Participating units should also download the Parade Instructions (download THIS Adobe PDF file) and the Parade Route Schematic.(download THIS Adobe PDF file)

Let us all come out to show our support for our veterans and those now serving in our armed forces.

The Wahiawa Community and Business Association Meets with Senator Hirono

Senator Hirono with WCBA

Members of the WCBA met with Senator Mazie Hirono at Dot's Restaurant on a recent visit to the community to discuss local issues. (l-r) Jack Kampfer, Marcia Sumile, Dot's Manager Scott Harada, Senator Hirono, Dan Nakasone,and President Doug Aton.

TV Show with Wahiawa Roots Wins Emmy

The PBS Hawaii show"Family Ingredients" took home a regional Emmy in June 2014 in San Francisco

Long-time WCBA Vice President and Director, Dan Nakasone, was one of three producers behind the show. The show drew from Chef Alan Wong's culinary roots in Wahiawa. It featured stories about Honda Tofu and Peterson Upland Egg Farm. [Note: These businesses are still going strong, and their products are always available at the Thursday afternoon farmer's market at the Wahiawa Hongwanji.]

Because of the shows quality and appeal, PBS will make the concept into a future series for national prime-time viewing.

Wahiawa Evening Farmer's Market

EVERY THURSDAY - Download a flyer atTHIS Adobe PDF file>

What: The Wahiawa Community Based Development Organization (CBDO) has started a weekly farmer's market in Wahiawa at the Wahiawa Hongwanji, 1067 California Avenue. This is across the street from Wahiawa District Park. It features fresh produce from area farmers and local products such as Peterson Upland Farm eggs and Honda Tofu. Parking is available at the Hongwanji and the district park.

Where: Wahiawa Hongwanji

When: Thursdays from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Contact: For more information, check the WCBDO web site at

Wahiawa-Waialua Rotary Club Pau Hana Event

Every LAST Thursday of the Month

What: Join other business leaders, exchange ideas, and make connections.

Where: Dot's Restaurant in Wahiawa

When: LAST Thursday of month from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Cost: $10; pupus and no host bar

Contact: For more information contact David Matsushita: or Ken Uyeno:

Welcome New Wahiawa Businesses

Homegrown Brew

Local Coffee and Baked Goods

Parking Lot on Avocado and Kam Highway intersection.

Weekdays 6:00am - 10:30am

Owner-Kimi Kaloi

Route 99 Hawaii

Embroidered Caps and T-Shirts

1718 Wilikina Drive

Daily 9am - 5pm, Sat. 9am-6pm

Closed Sunday


Green World Farms Coffee Shop

Coffee, roasted on site, and baked goods. Espresso Bar.

71-101 North Kamehameha Highway

Mon. thru Fri. 6am - 6pm, Sat.& Sun. 7am - 6:30pm


Central Oahu Art Group

When: Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday

9:00am to 12:00 noon

Where: Wahiawa Botanical Garden

What: FREE! Gathering of artists to work on your own, look at one another's work, grow in skill and share ideas. FREE!

Lunch: Bring your own brown bag lunch.

Other Data: Bring your art supplies,outdoor gear such as a hat or umbrella, and maybe a folding chair. There may also be some time indoors for drawing/painting with various clipings.

Contact: 888-2031

Ag Land is Key to Sustainability and

Peterson Upland Egg Farm Celebrates 100 Years

Land Between Ranges Could be O’ahu’s Future Breadbasket

By Dan Nakasone,

Each year the world adds nearly 80 million people. That’s 219,000 more people to feed tonight. And that will be repeated tomorrow night with another 219,000 more people to feed.

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization predicts the world’s population will grow to 9 billion people by 2050, requiring 70 percent more food production. How is that going to happen when half the world’s populations live in countries where water tables are falling as aquifers are being depleted? Seventy percent of the world water use is for irrigation, and water shortages will inevitably lead to food shortages.

A perfect storm of relentless population growth, declining water resources and extreme weather events due to climate change will create an enormous demand for food. This will translate to ever increasing for one of our most basic needs. What does mean for families and seniors on fixed incomes who are already struggling to put food on the table? A Colorado University study states that all reservoirs along the Colorado River, which provides water to 27 million people in seven states, could go dry by 2057 because of climate change and overuse. A 2008 study by the University of California predicted 1-in-2 chance that these reservoirs will go dry as soon as 2021. What rarely makes headlines is that cities and towns in Colorado and California have been buying irrigation water rights from farmers and ranchers for decades. Thousands upon thousands of acres of farmland have dried up. This is happening not just in the U.S., but worldwide.

California is one of the seven states that depend on the Colorado River, and the situation is magnified because it produces nearly half the nation’s fruits, vegetables and nuts. The gravity of the situation is now being felt with the 10-year drought along the Colorado River. And California is experiencing the driest period in the state’s recorded rainfall history, and it produces a lot of the food that is shipped to Hawaii. Here in the islands, we are facing a declining rainfall trend and continue to lose prime farmland to development. We need to preserve our farmlands to produce food for local consumption.

Currently there is legislation moving through the process to exchange parcels of Dole farmlands for urban zone lands. These farmlands could have access to the 30-mile Wahiawa Irrigation System, which includes the Lake Wilson reservoir. The primary water source flowing through the system is the Kaukonahua Stream, fed by a watershed at the head of the Ko’olau Mountain range. It is augmented with recycled wastewater and storm runoff. It does not tap into our aquifers but helps to recharge them. With biofiltration technology, we could raise the water quality to irrigate crops well into the future. The potential goes beyond irrigation: Engineers who have surveyed all the state’s reservoirs have identified Lake Wilson as having the greatest potential for hydroelectric generation. The revenue generated from the renewable energy source could go to improvements and maintenance of this irrigation system. The saddle between the Ko’olau and Waianae ranges from Wahiawa down to the North Shore is home to a growing number of farms. It could be the island’s future breadbasket, and it’s imperative that this farmland corridor be kept of food production.

We are an island state in the middle of the Pacific with finite natural resources. We must heed the warning signs and prepare for what is seemingly inevitable.

Peterson Upland Egg Farm Celebrates 100 Years

The Peterson Farm, founded by James Hopper Peterson Sr. in 1910, off of Dole Road in Wahiawa, is still going strong after 100 years. Although it started as a dairy farm, the Peterson's shifted gradually into the eggs which have been the mainstay of the farm for many years.

The farm is one of only four egg farms left on Oahu. Its eggs are prized by local chefs like Alan Wong, and celebrated by anyone with a discerning palate. There are even several rave reviews about Peterson eggs on the Internet.

 WCBA Gains Preservation of Prime Agricultural Land

After nearly two decades, the remaining 1,723 acres of the Galbraith Trust Lands will again be in agricultural production. This paper was written by the Preserve Wahiawa Committee as a historical reference to Galbraith Trust Lands sale to the trust of Public Lands. We also wanted to acknowledge the people involved in this great achievement of preserving Wahiawa’s sense of place.

For more information about this momentous achievement for the Wahiawa Community Download THIS MS Word file

Wahiawa Pineapple Festival Will Return in August,2015.

An estimated 6,000 people attended the last festival coordinated by the Wahiawa Historical Society.

The festival focuses on historic Wahiawa and the worker camps in the area that supported the cultivation of pineapple and the development of Wahiawa as an agricultural hub.

The festival grounds will host children's games and activities, loads of ethnic foods, fresh produce, crafts, for-profit and non-profit groups, and continuous entertainment.

Details about the 2015 festival will be posted when they are available.


Neighborhood Security Watch: Guided by the Honolulu Police Department, residents of Wahiawa gather together to work on strategies to reduce crime and drug activities in their own neighborhoods. Most neighborhoods in Wahiawa, with the support of the W.C.B.A. and Malama O Wahiawa, have created watches over the past years. Check with your neighbors or call HPD Community Policing to find the watch in your area or to start one.


We invite you to become a Wahiawa Community and Business Association (WCBA) member.

For over seventy years, our community has looked to the WCBA to provide leadership in building a better community in which to live and do business. We also support oher organizations designed to directly benefit our town. As a member of the WCBA, not only do you become a part of this longstanding tradition, but you have the opportunity to contribute your talents, time and/or resources to strengthening our community and improving our area's quality of life.

The WCBA has consistently provided support for local businesses and residents by sponsoring and supporting projects such as:
Wahiawa Neighborhood Security Watch Programs
Malama O Wahiawa (formerly known as Weed & Seed)
Helping the Homeless
Annual Santa Claus Parade
Improvements to Lake Wilson including water supply & game fish habitat
Annual Pineapple Festival
Sunset at the Park
Website of Community Events, Issues and Meetings:
Civic Improvement Awards for Property Improvements
Wahiawa Restaurant Guide Publication
25th Infantry Division Discount Program
Adopt-A-Highway periodic cleanups
Yellow Ribbon Welcome Home Campaign
Make a Difference Day
Graffiti Eradication with Wahiawa Lions & others

The WCBA also testifies at City and State hearings on issues that are pertinent to our community and is currentlly working on several projects that can use your help. Your participation will help the WCBA to continue to secure civic, recreational, educational, social and business improvement.

To join please fill out the following Membership Form. Membership Form


Business(if applicable):________________________________________



Work PH:__________________________________

Home PH:__________________________________

Areas of interest where you would like to help our community:______________________________________________________

download THIS MS Word file

Businesses - $30.00; Individual - $10.00; Clubs or Organizations - $15.00
Please print, complete form and mail with your remittance to: WCBA, P.O. Box 861408, Wahiawa, HI 96786

P.O. Box 861408  •  Wahiawa, HI 96786
phone: 808-621-6531

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