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ʻAlemanaka: Calendar | May 2018

Photo: Kapu'uola Hula Festival
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. KAPU‘UOLA HULA...

OHA releases report on the health of Native Hawaiian women

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs launched Haumea: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Women and Empowering Wāhine Well-Being, a 150-page report on the well-being of Native Hawaiian females at Ka Waiwai on May 4. About 100 leaders and representatives of various Native Hawaiian-serving organizations, state...

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 35 No. 06 | June 2018

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Hawaiian language ‘Moana’ premieres June 10

Photo: Moana and Maui
Disney’s first Polynesian princess will speak ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi when a Hawaiian language version of “Moana” premieres on World Oceans Day. Auliʻi Cravalho, who was a freshman at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama when she was cast as the titular character, will reprise the lead role as Moana....

Ho‘oulu scholar shines at Chaminade

A freshman biology course at Chaminade University ignited Hulali Kinilau’s passion for science, but also took her out of her element. Her classmates didn’t look like her, and they didn’t sound like her, either. “I didn’t see my people,” she recalled of her early classes...

Responding in times of critical need

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We’re often asked how the Office of Hawaiian Affairs improves conditions for Native Hawaiians. How we respond is now more critical than ever, as communities on either end of the main pae ‘āina cope with catastrophic events and uncertain futures. Historic flooding along Kaua‘i’s...

OHA supports STEM scholars

Graduation day is special for every college student. But for nontraditional students who enroll in college later in life and frequently have children, their often-complicated journeys to their diplomas makes graduation day especially meaningful. Below we share the stories of three non-traditional Native Hawaiian students...

Concerns about overweight

Recently, a friend asked which health problem concerned me most. Without hesitation, I answered overweight, particularly among young adults and teenagers. When she asked why, I explained my concerns. First, weight gain increases cancer risks. Some doctors, like Harvard epidemiologist Walt Willett, say cancer is...

Jon Osorio named dean of Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Professor Jon Osorio has been selected as dean of Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (HSHK) effective June 8, 2018, subject to formal posting on the June Board of Regents’ meeting agenda. He has been serving as interim dean of...

Kaua‘i: Recovery slow after flash flooding

A month after historic flooding devastated Kauaʻi’s north shore, access remains severely limited; flood damaged items are piling up on the side of the road; and recovery efforts are largely led by ʻohana in Hāʻena, Wainiha and Hanalei who are helping the community recover...

Kamehameha Day celebrations

On Dec. 22, 1871, King Kamehameha V, Lot Kapuāiwa, proclaimed by royal decree that the eleventh day of June would henceforth be celebrated to honor his illustrious grandfather Kamehameha I, founder of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Kamehameha Day Celebrations The first Kamehameha Day was celebrated with enthusiasm...

Learn to make your own kaulana mahina at ‘Aimalama: A Mauliauhonua Experience

As coastal and island communities in the Pacific and around the world experience rising sea levels and ocean temperatures, more extreme weather and changes in the timing of once-predictable natural events, turning to contemporary science and policymakers for solutions isn’t the only option. For millennia,...

The Hawaiian Inter-Club Council of Southern California celebrates 40 years

For four decades, Hawaiian clubs and nā hula hālau from Southern California and Nevada have joined together for an two-day ho‘olaule‘a in Los Angeles that attracts tens of thousands of attendees each year. The original ho‘olaule‘a concept, “Sharing the Heritage, So That It May Live...

Kamehameha Schools to build community learning center in Nānākuli

Kamehameha Schools (KS) will continue its commitment to the Wai‘anae Coast community by building the Agnes Kalaniho‘okaha Cope Community Learning Center (Cope Center) in Nānākuli. The Cope Center will serve as a place for gathering and learning with an emphasis on health, education and ‘āina...

Students deliver speeches in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i

For the first time in its 30-year history, the Texaco/Honolulu District Elementary Speech Festival included student speeches done in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, continuing a trend of Hawaiian language immersion students receiving the same opportunities to participate in educational platforms as their English-speaking counterparts. In late April,...