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OHA Takes Stock of Kakaʻako Makai

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Originally published as an OpEd that appeared in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on October 9, 2022. It is common knowledge that the state has been seriously delinquent on its debt to the Hawaiian people for their ceded lands. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) specifically had...

An Open Love Letter to the Native Hawaiian Education Act

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Part 2 of 2 History lives not in books, but in the very lining of our skin and blood. The longer my journey in the Native Hawaiian Education Council (NHEC), the more I come to understand my larger and deeper connection to our language and to...

Hoʻohui ʻOhana | Family Reunions: November 2022

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E nā ʻohana Hawaiʻi: If you are planning a reunion or looking for genealogical information, Ka Wai Ola will print your listing at no charge on a space-available basis. Listings should not exceed 200 words. OHA reserves the right to edit all submissions for...

An ʻŌiwi Filmmaker’s Labor of Love

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A two-hour documentary film by ʻŌiwi filmmaker Keoni Kealoha Alvarez is among the films that will be featured at the Hawaiʻi International Film Festival this month. The film, Kapu: Sacred Hawaiian Burials, documents Alvarez’s personal journey of self-discovery after he learned in 2002 that a...

The Season of Hoʻoponopono

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One of the common purposes of Makahiki and Thanksgiving is that it is a time for ‘ohana. A time to reconnect and strengthen relationships. However personal hurts and grudges between family members can stand in the way of enjoying this holiday, creating anxiety and...

Kānekuaʻana: The Guardian of ʻEwa from Hālawa to Honouliuli

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Read column in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi There is a famous saying of ʻEwa that goes, “Accustomed are the people of Puʻuloa to the travels of Kaʻahupāhau.” Kaʻahupāhau was the shark queen and guardian of the waters of Puʻuloa. Hālāwa to Honouliuli was her domain. Her law...

DOI Announces First-Ever Consultation Policy with Native Hawaiian Community

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On Oct. 18 the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced that, for the first time in the agency’s history, it will require formal consultation with the Native Hawaiian Community. New policies and procedures, subject to formal consultation, will further affirm and honor the special political...

Waipiʻo Kūpuna Seek Support from Hawaiian Community

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By ʻIʻinimaikalani Keali‘ikua‘āina Kahakalau Waipiʻo kūpuna are putting out the call to the community to come and kōkua their efforts to protect the sacred valley on Hawai‘i Island. Since Sept. 19, Waipiʻo Valley kūpuna along with Protect Waipi‘o Valley ʻohana members have manned a 24/7 Kūpuna...

DHHL Prepares Proposals for 2023 Legislative Session

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As the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) works to evaluate the 2022 legislative session and implement successful bills, movement for the upcoming 32nd Legislature in 2023 is already in progress. The Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) approved 10 legislative proposals at its September meeting to...

ʻŌiwi Resources: Meeting the Challenges of These Times

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By Keoni Kuoha In this month’s election, Maui County voters will be asked whether or not to approve the charter amendment to establish a Department of ʻŌiwi Resources. To inform civic discussion, here are some final questions and responses on the topic for the readers...

A Dryland Surprise Puapilo (or Maiapilo)

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Our endemic caper (Capparis sandwichiana) astonishes, growing as it often does out of bare pōhaku or sand at dry coastal areas. Buds open in the evening and their short-lived beauty fades by the next morning. Kuʻu Pua Nocturnal in mid-day sun grey-green leaves beckon sprawling on weathered ‘a‘ā sturdiness...

NaHHA Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

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On Aug. 3, 1995, Dr. George Kanahele writes a memo to Sen. Kenny Brown sharing his desire to form an organization to lead an effort towards stronger representation of Native Hawaiians and Hawaiian culture in tourism. From this idea sparked the birth of the...

News Briefs | November 2022

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Prince Lot Hula Festival Premieres November 3 on KHON2 Anniversary of Kapūkakī Crisis Commemorated An event dubbed the “Lie-Aversary” took place outside the Pearl Harbor National Memorial Visitor Center on Oct. 8. Participants dressed in black funeral attire and black armbands. The Lie-Aversary was organized by a...

Protecting OHA from Corruption

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When we think about government and political corruption, big cities usually come to mind, like Washington, D.C., New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. But recent headlines show that we in Hawai‘i have our own share of corruption in government. For example: • Former Honolulu Police...

Haliʻa Aloha | November 2022

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Maurice Keola Ohumukini (March 20, 1945 – Sept. 13, 2021) Maurice Keola Ohumukini, 76, of Salt Lake City, Utah, passed away peacefully surrounded by ʻohana on Sept. 13, 2021. Maurice was born on March 20, 1945, to Mabel Amalu Sheldon and Henry Kawaimapuna Ohumukini in Honolulu. He...

Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center Wins International Grant Challenge

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Statement by OHA Board of Trustees Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey The Opportunity Youth Action Hawaiʻi collaborative at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center has been named one of five international awardees of the W.K. Kellogg’s Racial Equity 2030 challenge – an open call for bold...

Through the Eyes of Hālawa

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For almost a thousand years, Hālawa on Oʻahu was known for its varieties of upland kalo, large ʻawa groves, medicinal herbs, feathers for cloaks, and an ample supply of pili grass used to thatch homes. The valley is also dotted with ancient temples, house sites,...

Mākeke | The Marketplace | November 2022

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Mental Health Technician Training at WCC

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Windward Community College is offering a new certificate for mental health technicians By Bonnie J. Beatson, WCC Marketing and Public Relations Director Trained mental health technicians are in demand in Hawai‘i, and a new certificate that can be completed in just one semester at Windward Community...

In Search of a Native Perspective: Giving Voice to Nā Kānaka Maoli

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Amee Hi‘ilawe Neves wins national native journalism scholarship At the age of 10, Amee Hiʻilawe Neves of Waiʻanae first tried her hand at media production. She loved telling stories, and the idea of using a broadcast medium to share these moʻolelo intrigued her. A decade later,...