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Protecting Wao Kele o Puna

Photo: ‘Aha Kūkā Advisory Council members
OHA Trustees presented ‘Aha Kūkā Advisory Council members with a resolution thanking them for their help in creating a Comprehensive Management Plan for Wao Kele o Puna during a board meeting in Kona on Sept. 7. ‘Aha Kūkā is comprised of nine community members...

ʻAlemanaka: Calendar | October 2017

HAWAI‘I CHILDREN AND YOUTH DAY 2017 Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This 24th annual family- friendly event offers more than 300 interactive, educational and fun activities for children of all ages. Visit www.hawaiicyd.org/ calendar.html for the full schedule of events. Free. State Capitol District,...

Bringing Back Birthing Traditions

KA LĀHUI O KA PŌ'S TRADITION-BASED CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS BRING NATIVE HAWAIIAN BIRTHING MANAʻO BACK A decade ago, Sharon Kaʻiulani Odom and her friend Puni Jackson were cultural practitioners with a burning desire to expand their knowledge of Native Hawaiian health techniques. As part of...

OUT OF STATE exposes life behind bars in Arizona

Photo: Inmates perform a chant at the Saguaro Correctional Center
For the past two decades, Hawai‘i has been shipping inmates to private prisons on the continent. Today, about 1,300 prisoners from Hawai‘i are incarcerated at the Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Arizona, 3,000 miles from home. Moved by the plight of Hawaiian inmates practicing...

Josephine Kaukali Fergerstrom: Weaving a legacy

Photo: Josephine Fergerstrom
In June, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs recognized lau hala weaver Josephine Fergerstrom at its first Nā Mamo Makamae o Ka Poʻe Hawaiʻi ceremony, which honored seven master practitioners and knowledge keepers. In honor of Aunty Josephine’s passing on Aug. 31, Ka Wai Ola...

Remembering a beloved brother and musician

Photo: Roland Cazimero
Roland Cazimero - 1950-2016 So many have expressed their thoughts about my brother, eloquently and in pidgin – or paid regards through music, including Roland’s own – that I have difficulty knowing where to begin, except at the beginning. Roland and I were born September 6,...

OHA Board Actions | October 2017

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The following actions were taken by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees, and are summarized here. For more information on board actions, please see the complete meeting minutes posted online at www.oha.org/BOT Motion to approve the amendment to Section 5.1 of the Native...

Wao Kele o Puna plan approved

On September 7, 2017, OHA’s Board of Trustees (BOT) approved a Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) for OHA’s Wao Kele o Puna (WKOP) property at their BOT meeting held in Kona. Among those in attendance were several individuals of the ʻAha Kūkā (CMP Working Group)...

Kailua’s keepers of culture

Hika‘alani spreads the message of stewardship at Ulupō Nui Nestled behind the Windward YWCA sits a carefully stacked mound of smooth round stones. Several signs speak to the gravity of the structure, actually the remains of an ancient heiau with vast cultural significance. From the front,...

Locking arms to improve Hawaiian education

Photo: Keiki at Native Hawaiian Education Summit
As Teresa Makuakāne-Dreschel opened this year’s Native Hawaiian Education Summit, she encouraged attendees to continue the convention’s shift since 2014, when Hawaiian educators decided to look for solutions from within. “We don’t really need someone else to tell us what our knowledge is. It’s ours,...

Love for the Nation

There are still a few days left to register for the Native Hawaiian Convention, which will be held Oct. 9-11 at the Sheraton Waikīkī Hotel and Resort. The theme for this year’s convention is Aloha Lāhui, or “Love for the Nation,” selected by the Council...

Celebrating 30 years of kaiapuni education

When the Department of Education piloted two Hawaiian language immersion kindergarten classrooms in 1987, the number of native Hawaiian speakers had dwindled to about 1,500. But three decades later, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi has become the primary medium of instruction for more than 2,800 keiki a...

Huuuuui! – Kāhea for forward-looking community planners

The Resilient Hawaiian Communities Initiative is putting out a kāhea to Native Hawaiian communities throughout the state about an opportunity to apply for support and resources toward resiliency planning efforts through early-2019. RHC will select two communities for planning partnerships. While local emergency preparedness plans...

Kumu hula shares survivor story

For kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine, the show – and life – must go on. In the span of a year, she experienced the deaths of her husband and father, in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Then, in late March, the day before her father’s...

My Kuleana, Our Kuleana

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Aloha mai kākou, After naming Liholiho his heir, Kamehameha began telling his son about the chiefs who had come before them, sharing the traditions of pono leaders, as well as despotic chiefs. Malcolm Nāea Chun writes about some of these chiefs in Alakaʻi: Traditional Leadership....

Mākeke: Marketplace | October 2017

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Save Our Limu: Uncle Henry’s Legacy is Threatened

Editor’s note: The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation invited Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo to submit this guest column. Henry Chang Wo Jr. learned the Hawaiian cultural practice of limu gathering from his grandmother, mother and aunt. Their primary limu harvest area encompassed the entire ‘Ewa Beach shoreline...

Don’t let age be a barrier to fitness

Loa‘a ke ola i Halau-a-ola (‘Ōlelo No‘eau, 2017) “Health is obtained in the House-of-life” “Life is obtained in the Houseof-health” Kawena Pukui reminds us that our Hawaiian ancestors paid rigorous attention to the “soundness” of their bodies. And, the ʻŌlelo Noʻeau remind us of this conscious thought...

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 34 No. 10 | October 2017

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