In 2020, Auntie Kuuipo had received a video transcript of her ohana's DLNR court proceedings regarding their property in Aleamai. In 2004, they received a notice stating they were being fined $20,000 for landscaping without a landscaping permit. Her Daddy, Uncle Kamuela, had cleared a portion of the land that was overgrown after the sugar companies left. Auntie Kuuipo reached out to her brother, Puakea Nogelmier. Together, along with friends and family, they presented testimony regarding the land. Most important were three mele written by Puakea, Auntie, and Uncle Kamuela respectively. Along with their mele, hula was also shared. The result - the case against her ohana was dismissed and told they would never need to obtain permits to do what Hawaiians have been doing for generations - malama ka aina.
Auntie Kuuipo, motivated by the need to preserve our moolelo through mele, turned to Auntie Jeninne and said, 'let's form a foundation dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and perpetuation of mele Hawaii.' And so it began. They recruited two others to be executive board members, Alaina Fukui, Secretary/Treasurer, and Beth Post, Vice President.