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Being a Kalo Farmer’s Daughter

Photo: Pickup bed filled with Huli
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Walking through the loʻi and seeing everything that we have accomplished is what makes all the time pulling weeds in the blazing sun, planting at only new moons during the summer, and spending long days harvesting and processing huli worth it.

Our Narrative Impact: The Space Between Advocacy and Change in Grantee Storytelling

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Federal funds for the Native Hawaiian Education Program (NHEP), funded through the Act and administered by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOEd), support educational programs across the paeʻāina that serve over thousands of haumāna, kumu, and ʻohana.

Raising our Economic Quality of Life

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An article in our local newspaper connected a recently completed project here on Hawaiʻi Island with the creation of over 1,000 jobs.

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 38 No. 12 | December 2021

Ka Wai Ola December 2021 Cover
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Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 38 No. 12 | December 2021 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

Nā Kamaliʻi Talk Story: Creating Generational Understanding

Photo: Kumu Hula Leialoha Ka‘ula
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Nā Kamaliʻi Talk Story was created during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spring 2020. The purpose was to create a safe space for youth to come together and have discussions that were typically only done with adults.

Tending to our Garden

Mai ka hoʻo a ka hālāwai lā
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Those of us old enough to remember the popular episodes of Star Trek, will remember the late Leonard Nimoy tweeting these lines before his passing. In the role of his Star Trek character, Mr. Spock, he was also known for the phrase, “Live long and prosper!”

The Story of Kamehameha I

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Read this article in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi By Samuel M. Kamakau Kamehameha established feasts for the annual Makahiki season, which were considered feasts of respite from all human labors; they were also a means to strengthen the bodies of all the people. After nine months of the year...

Congress Must Support Tech and Innovation

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Hele no ka ʻalā, hele no ka lima; The rock goes, the hand goes.

Hawaiʻi Representatives Share Insights and Aloha at 2021 American Indian Tourism Conference

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Hawaiʻi Representatives Share Insights and Aloha at 2021 American Indian Tourism Conference

Meals & Mahalo Nui to the Heroes of the Pandemic

Photo: Trustee Akina with Tammy Smith, Gerard Akaka, and Administrative Staff
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Last month, I was honored to represent the Office of Hawaiian Affairs at a Meals & Mahalo event held at the Queen’s Medical Center West Oʻahu.

Hawaiian Solutions to Hawaiian Problems

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Historically, ʻike kūpuna (ancestral wisdom) was passed down generationally to share and practice for community wellbeing. With assimilation to western ways, systemic losses were experienced by Hawaiians as they were stripped of their language, self-identity, practices, and beliefs.

Ka Hoʻokupu: he aha nō ia?

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O kēia kau o ka Makahiki ka wā o ka hāʻawi ʻana o ka hoʻokupu. ʻO kēia mahina ʻo Dekemapa hoʻi ka wā o ka hāʻawi ʻana o ka makana. ʻOkoʻa ka hoʻokupu. ʻOkoʻa ka makana. He aha nō ia, ka hoʻokupu?

Giving the Makana of Health

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Buying holiday makana is not easy. Trying to figure out what people like and what they already have is the most challenging part.

He wai e mana, he wai e ola

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The waters of what is now known as the Moanalua-Waimalu aquifer have long sustained the life of the plants, animals and people of the region.

A Fresh Start for Non-Violent Offenders

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Traffic or criminal infractions that have monetary fees and fines can be prohibitively expensive and debilitating for many people, especially when it becomes a vicious cycle of compounding tickets that the individual will realistically never be able to pay.

Maunakea: For the Record

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For the record, in 1968, the University of Hawaiʻi received a general lease from Hawaiʻi Land Board to build a 0.9-meter telescope on Maunakea.

Meals & Mahalo: OHA and Native Hawaiian-Owned Businesses Give Back to Frontline Hospital Workers

Photo: OHA Staff with with volunteers from Kalei’s Lunchbox
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Over the past few months the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has delivered nearly 2,000 meals to frontline hospital workers across the pae ʻāina from Hilo Medical Center to the Kauaʻi Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Assessment of Cesspools on Hawaiian Home Lands

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A major deadline requiring transition from cesspools to modern sewer systems throughout the state is decades away, but the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) is launching an early assessment to garner information on the usage of cesspools on Hawaiian Home Lands. Gov. David Ige...

News Briefs | December 2021

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News Briefs - December 2021 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

OHA Hires New Chief Advocate and New Communications Director

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Both will support the implementation of OHA’s Mana i Mauli Ola Strategic Plan – which focuses on the areas of education, health, housing, and economic self-sufficiency – to advance OHA’s mission to increase wellbeing for Native Hawaiians.