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Mana Moment – Aaron Salā

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"It reminded me that I'm not alone in the word." Aaron Salā shares a manaful moment– the birth of his first child. Tap into your mana by downloading a free copy of the Mana Lāhui Kānaka book at oha.org/mana.

Culture Keepers – Pōhaku Stone

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Heʻehōlua: Revitalizing Hawaiʻiʻs Lost Sport “If we don't continue our traditional practices, then the generations to come next will forget. They don't remember them. They'll only learn from a book. I think it's a loss.” Pōhaku Stone shares his journey of rediscovering and revitalizing the lost...

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 35 No. 01 | January 2018

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Archive | Vol. 35 2018  

Uniting in Pursuit of Equity

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This year will give us many occasions to pause and refl ect on the turbulent times our people have endured. January 17 alone will offer a powerful reminder as we commemorate 125 years since the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, when our Queen...

E Hiki Mai Ke Au Hou

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Welina me ke aloha e ku‘u lāhui. I write to you this month to wish you all a wonderful year to come, and that we all look back on 2017 to reflect on our triumphs as well as our challenges. 2018 is a new beginning...

Hoʻohui ʻOhana: Family Reunions | January 2018

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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...

(Re)membering Lāhui

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IN 1778, 240 YEARS AGO, Capt. James Cook sailed into Hawaiian waters, an arrival that has left an indelible mark on our history, introducing devastating epidemic diseases to a thriving lāhui, eroding traditional government structures and dramatically altering Hawai‘i’s economy. These changes paved the way...

“The First Ship that Arrived in Hawai‘i”

Makahiki 1778… “Arrival of Lono (Captain Cook)” This story is taken from “Ka Mooolelo Hawaii,” a collection of essays written in the 1830s by Native Hawaiian students at Lahainaluna School for Reverend Sheldon Dibble. Dibble published them in book -form in 1838. These essays were...

ʻAlemanaka: Calendar | January 2018

Calendar Listings - To have a local event listed in our monthly calendar, email kwo@oha.org at least six weeks in advance. Make sure to include the location, price, date and time. If available, please attach a high-resolution (300 dpi) photograph with your email. FIRST FRIDAY...

Ka Waiwai

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Mō‘ili‘ili‘s new corner of kinship draws on ancient values There’s an unconventional spot in the heart of Mōʻiliʻili, a functional space tucked away inside the iconic Varsity building amid the hustle and bustle of University Avenue. From the outside, Ka Waiwai looks like a cozy...

Our Farm: My Favorite Place Amongst and Beneath the Trees

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There are several places on our Big, Big Island that I like to retreat to: Waipi‘o Valley (ironwood forest along the kahakai), the southwest corner of Spencer Park pavilion (kiawe tree grove), the grounds of Imiola Church (beneath the ancient ‘ōhi‘a and lone magnolia...

The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium

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The Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium opened on August 24, 1927, the birthday of Hawai‘i’s legendary Duke Kahanamoku. The Duke celebrated his birthday during the opening ceremony by diving in the pool for a memorial lap to a capacity crowd of 7000 cheering admirers that...

E Ala E – Arise and Awaken The Light Within… Future Strong!

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E Ala E - Arise and Awaken The Light Within…Future Strong! A new year has begun…and we should seek to attain greater inner peace and through our culture we gain knowledge for our daily lives. I love this chant! It is one of my favorites....

Hawaiian he‘e hōlua traditions

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This article was written in collaboration with 84° and Sunny Tom “Pōhaku” Stone is a Native Hawaiian surfer who is also credited with revitalizing the sport of he‘e hōlua (Hawaiian sledding). Native Hawaiians are increasingly seeking to reconnect with and reclaim ancestral knowledge and traditions....

Savor the new year with traditional flavors

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Chef and NuiKealoha owner Kealoha Domingo shares three recipes to get 2018 off to a traditional and ‘ono start. Wai Niu Poached Fish Filet Traditional lawalu is typically a whole fish, tightly wrapped in ti leaves and cooked on an open fire. It imparts a unique...

Hoʻolaha Lehulehu | January 2018

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NOTICE OF CONSULTATION SECTION 106 OF THE NATIONAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION ACT OF 1966 AS AMENDED (2006) WAIĀHOLE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT/REHABILITATION PROJECT ISLAND OF O‘AHU, KO‘OLAUPOKO DISTRICT, WAIĀHOLE AHUPUA‘A FEDERAL-AID PROJECT NUMBER: BR-083-1(37) TAX MAP KEYS: (1) 4-8-001:010, (1) 4-8-002:001, (1) 4-8-008:018, (1) 4-8-008:021, (1) 4-8-008:022, (1)...

Poke Nūhou: News Briefs | January 2018

MANOMANO: Advancing the ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i movement Samuel Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School staff and board members celebrated the launch of the Manomano online Hawaiian dictionary held at Ka Waiwai on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. In addition to providing an extensive dictionary of Hawaiian words translated...

Nūpepa preserve information from Hawaiian worldview

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He aupuni palapala ko‘u… (Mine is a kingdom of education…) –Kamehameha III In the mid-nineteenth century, Hawai‘i boasted the highest literacy rate in the world. This amazingly occurred within less than 30 years from the time Calvinist missionaries introduced a written language and printing press to the...

One step forward, two steps back: OHA publishes a book and hands over Scholarship Program to UH

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‘Ano‘ai kakou… Last month I talked about OHA taking a step in the right direction by getting rid of a “middle-man” to administer OHA’s funds to support 17 Hawaiian-focused charter schools. It was a win-win situation I hoped we could replicate with other OHA...

Native Hawaiians must be heard before TMT sublease approval

On September 29, 2017, the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) approved, for the second time, a permit to construct the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea. While that decision is being appealed directly to the Hawai‘i Supreme Court, another appeal that...