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2nd Annual Ulu Hana event recognizes community leaders at Pewa Awards

Photo: Craig Takamine, Antoinette Lee, Earl Kawa‘a
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Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF) held its second annual Ulu Hana event on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Mānoa Grand Ballromm in the Japanese Cultural Center of Honolulu. Earl Kawa‘a, Antoinette “Toni” Lee, and Craig Takamine were all recognized for their dedicated service to...

Mākeke: Marketplace | May 2019

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Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery - Garden of Lakeside Musicians. Lot 34, Section D, Site 3, $6,000. If interested, please leave message (808) 386-4905 Laura. Thank you. Hawaiian Memorial Park Cemetery - Kāne‘ohe, O‘ahu, Garden of Peace, Lot 95, Section C. Sites 2-3-4. $8,000 each. Contact...

Ho‘ohui ‘Ohana | Family Reunions

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2019 AKUNA – The descendants of Goo Tong Akuna/ Puakailima Kaholokula and Goo Tong Akuna/Chang Shee (aka Chang Oe) will be holding their 12th family reunion on Maui, Hawai‘i on July 12 & 13, 2019. This event will be held at the Mayor Hannibal Tavares...

We are Maunakea

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I have invited Trisha Kehaulani Watson to express her views about Maunakea. The following are her thoughts. There are places on this planet so beautiful that to simply stand still in its aesthetic landscape leaves you with a sense of wonder. Hawai‘i is blessed to have many...

Leadership

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When we think about Leadership. Most of us I think think about leadership in the ‘traditional sense.’ Myself included. We think of Leaders of Nations. Presidents. Like John F. Kennedy or Franklin D. Roosevelt. Prime Ministers. Like Justin Trudeau or Benjamin Netanyahu. Dictators. Like...

Where is the promised audit for fraud, waste and abuse?

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It’s been over two years since the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees unanimously approved an independent audit of OHA and its limited liability companies for fraud, waste and abuse. $500,000 was appropriated and a top national financial services firm was engaged. To date,...

Balancing past and present to create a healthier community

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Health is wealth. And without that we just can’t function properly. And it’s clear for our people that unfortunately, we do end up having a lot of health issues. A lot of it comes down to lifestyle. We know that it’s the food that we...

OHA and the global and local capital markets

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Last month I wrote about OHA’s dual role to our beneficiaries, where I explained that OHA, on one hand, must manage and grow our land and financial assets while, on the other hand, spend from our financial assets in the present moment for the...

Update on last month’s article: Why I voted No on authorizing OHA’s Administration to start negotiating to build a sewage plant…

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Aloha Mai Kakou! As requested by many beneficiaries mailing me their thoughts on my April KWO article, I will update them on what followed per their requests. As we know, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is one of the most important Hawaiian economic institutions that collectively along...

Restructuring OHA’s governance model

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Aloha Kākou, In January 2019 I spoke about the work ahead for the Office of Hawaiian Affair’s strategic plan. While that has been an ongoing project, your Trustees have taken on another monumental task of taking a hard look at the Office of Hawaiian Affair’s...

OHA continues to improve in service to beneficiaries

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees continues to make headway in better serving its beneficiaries. On March 28, 2019, OHA announced that its Board of Trustees had approved awarding $500,000 to 10 non-profit organizations under its pilot Kūlia Grants Program.Through this pilot program,...

Public Notice | May 2019

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ASM Affiliates is preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) in advance of a proposed statewide release of four (4) biological control (biocontrol) agents for four target invasive species. In brief, DOFAW is seeking to conduct a statewide field release of four (4) separate biocontrol...

Songs, dance and chants in honor of the beloved land

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The history of our Kanaka is one that echoes clearly within the community. We endure despite the impacts of land dispossession, language and culture loss, and the constant onslaught of assimilation into the value system, ways and beliefs of a foreign land and government. The...

ʻAlemanaka: Calendar | May 2019

Photo: Fire Captain J. Todd at Lei Draping Ceremony
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Above Photo: Fire Captain J. Todd at the 2011 lei draping in Honolulu. - Photo: Courtesy Steve Forman Commemoration of 200th Anniversary of King Kamehameha I Passing May 8, 5 a.m. The board of Directors of the non-profit Ahu‘ena Heiau Inc. have initiated planning efforts to commemorate...

My Mom and I

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, social media sensation Pashyn Santos has a special story to share with all parents and keiki across Hawai‘i. Pashyn recently wrote and released her first children’s picture book titled “My Mom and I” with illustrations by Mandy Quitog. “In...

Reading and healing

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Fred Amina’s new book is about a fictional protagonist, Matthew Pinati, but it’s a true story that echoes his own life. Raised illiterate in a broken Nānākuli home, he encountered alcohol too early, in 7th grade. “I was kind of lost in this road. And...

Return to Kahiki: Native Hawaiians in Oceania

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Review by ‘Umi Perkins There are many myths surrounding Hawaiian history, most of which stem from a lack, until recently, of Hawaiian historians who can employ a Hawaiian lens through which to understand Hawai‘i’s past. These myths create a narrative that often made Hawaiians look...

OHA Board Actions | May 2019

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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 Administration’s recommendations on NEW BILLS (Items 1-11 and...

Taking health into our hands

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Positive Outcomes A program participant who started at a weight of over 300 pounds was able to lose 35 pounds. After losing more than 10% of his body weight, he is projected to have extended his life span by 6 to 7 more years. ...