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The Pandanus

Photo: Roy Benham
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For the year’s end, Hawaiians wore the lei of hala. It is said by the elders that if a lei hala is worn the misfortune of that year passes away.

Ka Hala

Photo: Roy Benham
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No ka lā hope o ka makahiki, ua lei ʻia nā Hawaiʻi i ka lei hala i mea e hōʻike ai i ka hala ʻana o ka makahiki kahiko.

An International Repatriation Effort that Spanned 26 Years

Photo: Dr. Kamanaʻopono Crabbe and Halealoha Ayau at Dresden Museum
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After a 26-year effort, three iwi poʻo (skulls) and one ʻālalo (mandible) from Honolulu and Waiʻalae, Oʻahu, were repatriated from Germany’s Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde Dresden in October 2017.

26 Makahiki ma ke Ala o ka Hoʻihoʻi Iwi Kupuna

Photo: Dr. Kamanaʻopono Crabbe and Halealoha Ayau at Dresden Museum
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Ma hope o ka hala ʻana o nā makahiki he 26, ua hoʻihoʻi ʻia maila nā iwi poʻo he ʻekolu a me kekahi ʻālalo mai ka Hale Hōʻikeʻike ʻo Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde Dresden ma Kelemānia a i ko lākou kulāiwi ponoʻī ma Honolulu a me Waiʻalae i Oʻahu, ma ka mahina ʻo ʻOkakopa, M.H. 2017.

OHA’s Peak Opportunities in 2022…I MUA!!!

Ka Wai Ola
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With the culmination of 2021, it is 43 years since OHA was established. It is with aloha that I look back at all of the effort and ambition and review what we have been trying to achieve.

Data: A Tool to Promote Thriving Native Hawaiian Kamaliʻi

Percentage Of NH Kamali‘i Who Live In The Kīpuka And Who Do Not Have Liveable Income
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Liliʻiuokalani Trust’s strategic plan is based on the vision of E Nā Kamalei Lupalupa – Thriving Hawaiian Children.

“I Do, Under This Protest…Yield My Authority”

Ka Wai Ola
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When Queen Liliʻuokalani was sworn into office on Jan. 29, 1891, the political situation in Hawaiʻi was already tense.

Mākeke | The Marketplace | January 2022

Ka Wai Ola
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Mākeke | The Marketplace | January 2022 - Ka Wai Ola

Kalaupapa Month – January 2022

Kalaupapa Month - Ka Wai Ola
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Kalaupapa Month Cover Features - January 2022 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

Caring for Kūpuna and Caregivers in Hāna

Photo: Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike Building Program crew with Uncle Makie
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Mālama i Nā Hulu Kūpuna (MINHK) is grassroots community-based initiative of Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke that provides services to mālama Hāna’s cherished kūpuna and their caregivers, one of 50 new grants funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to benefit the Native Hawaiian community.

Kānaka Influence

Ka Wai Ola
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Never before have Native Hawaiian voices been so prominently poised in Washington, D.C.

Punikai‘a the Visionary Behind Ka ‘Ohana o Kalaupapa

Photo: Kalaupapa Residents
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Ka ʻOhana O Kalaupapa began taking shape in the mid-1990s thanks to the vision of Bernard K. Punikaiʻa, one of the great leaders in the history of Kalaupapa.

Resilient ʻAʻaliʻi

Photo: ʻAʻaliʻi
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Especially apropos after stormy weather in early December wreaked havoc throughout our pae ʻāina, the tenacity and resilience of ʻaʻaliʻi is instructive.

We Must Hold Fast

Ka Wai Ola
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Opihi are amazing animals. They can endure long periods of drying sun exposure at low tide and powerful crashing waves at high tide.

What We Know About Omicron

Ka Wai Ola
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Just as COVID-19 cases from the Delta variant began decreasing, a new variant – called Omicron – has emerged on the scene.

OHA Calls for Shut Down of the Navy’s Red Hill Fuel Tanks

Infographic of Hawaii's Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility
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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) strongly supports Gov. Ige and the Hawaiʻi congressional delegation’s call to shut down the Navy’s Red Hill fuel tanks before permanent, irreparable damage is done to our aquifer and Oʻahu’s main source of clean drinking water is lost forever.

Naula and Lehua: A Love Story from Kalaupapa

Photo: Mural of Naula and Lehua at MHS
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Naula and his mother lived in Kalaupapa. His mother was famous for making beautiful ʻiwaʻiwa fern lei. Kalaupapa was the only place where the fern grew, so everyone knew that if you were wearing lei ʻiwaʻiwa, you had received it as a special makana from someone in Kalaupapa.

Kai Markell

Photo: Kai Markell
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At OHA, Kai Markell is responsible for ensuring that other government agencies comply with their constitutional, statutory and judicial mandates to assist Native Hawaiians.

Cultural Misrepresentation on TikTok

TikTok video shows an individual dressed as “Lilo”
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TikTok is one of the most downloaded mobile apps today. Many ʻōpio (and mākua) enjoy watching dancing videos, funny moments, scary content, and more.