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Photo: Kupuna Protectors on Mauna Kea
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As thousands of Native Hawaiians ascend onto Maunakea and thousands more rally across the islands, all to demand the protection of the sacred mountain, many in Hawai‘i may wonder how exactly did we get here? After all, 13 telescopes already sit on the mountain. Why...

Mākeke: The Marketplace | August 2019

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Classified ads only $12.50 - Type or clearly write your ad of no more than 175 characters (including spaces and punctuation) and mail, along with a check for $12.50, to: Ka Wai Ola Classifieds, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite 200, Honolulu, HI 96817. Make...

Ho‘ohui ‘Ohana: Family Reunions | August 2019

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2019 Coito – Reunion on July 18, 2020. Place and time (to be announced at a later time), “Catered Lū ‘au”. Ti shirts, tank tops and genealogy books available. Contact Jeanne Kahanaoi, 89-475 Mokiawe St., Wai‘anae, Hawai‘i 96792. Phone: (808) 354-7365. Chartrand – Aloha John Francis...

Ka Wahine Waipahē – Tiona Nadine Harbottle Wailehua (July 10, 1940 – June 29, 2019)

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Earlier this month, we lost our dear Tiona Wailehua who worked with Kama Hopkins and me for our first seven years here at OHA. Kama shares his reflection of “T”. She truly was a gracious woman, a Wahine Waipahē. For nearly 25 years, Tiona Wailehua...

Kapu Aloha Mauna Kea

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There was a gnawing sense in my naʻau combined with the urging of my daughters, Na Kumu Hula Napua Greig and Kahulu Maluo-Pearson, that compelled me to make the journey to our sacred Mauna a Wakea and stand with our people. For me and...

Exploring Mission Related Investments (MRI) at OHA

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As you know, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is tasked with stewarding the Native Hawaiian Trust Fund (NHTF). This public trust invests primarily in national and global assets in hopes that its value will grow. This means that we take money generated through revenues...

A Trustee’s Call to Listen Carefully, Seeking Knowledge and Understanding…

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A Trustee’s call is to strengthen and build specific gifted skills. Listening and Referring are two such skills. Listening skills are key when working with beneficiaries of the trust. Good listening comes when listeners are interested in what the speaker has to say, and when they create...

Government’s Obligation to Spend

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When people think of the Legislative branch of our government they typically think of the creation of laws. This of course is one of the responsibilities of this branch; however another is to allocate and spend our tax dollars. Congress funds Federal programs and...

Lāna‘i Students Share ‘Ike in ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i

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During our June meetings on the island of Lāna‘i, we heard from various community members and organizations, regarding the work they are doing on the island and some of the issues they face. One of the presentations, by students from Lāna‘i High and Elementary...

OHA Board Actions: August 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 https://www.oha.org/BOT. Motion to move to approve : The total Operating Budget for...

Holokū Ball

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The Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu hosted the 2019 Holokū Ball in June at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel Monarch Room. With 329 attendees and $82,000 raised, the event was “very successful,” according to Holokū Ball Chair Maluhia Kauahi. This year’s event was titled “Ka nehe o...

Hoʻolaha Lehulehu | Public Notice: August 2019

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Pīha Ahupua‘a ASM Affiliates is preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) in support of an HRS Chapter 343 Environmental Assessment for a 3.26-acre property (TMK (3) 3-2-004:040), situated in Pīha Ahupua‘a, North Hilo District, Island of Hawai‘i. We are seeking consultation with any community members...

“I maika‘i ke kalo i ka ‘ohā”

“The goodness of the taro is judged by the young plant it produces”. ‘Ōlelo Noe‘au #1232 (Parents are often judged by the behavior of their children) In early Hawai‘i, older children learned to care for younger ones. Adolescents carried toddlers around and supervised hours of...

Mana Moment: Kekuewa Kikiloi

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Interview with Dr. Kekuewa Kikiloi To further the discussion on mana, Ka Wai Ola asked two questions: What does mana mean to you? Can you share a moment in your life where you felt mana? Mana means spiritual power, as I’m sure that’s the answer for...

Kū Kiaʻi Mauna Worldwide

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Decades of organizing by Maunakea protectors has flourished into a broad demonstration of international support. Here’s a small selection of photos from around the world.

Calendar | August 2019

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Above Photo: Royal Court Investiture and opening ceremony will new court to carry out their roles throughout all Aloha Festivals - Photo: Courtesy Aloha Festivals Aloha Festivals: Royal Court Investiture & Opening Ceremony Aug. 31, 4 to 6 p.m. Kicking off the month-long Aloha Festivals, attendees of...

News Briefs | August 2019

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Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist Bla Pahinui dies at age 76 James Daniel “Bla” Pahinui passed awat at age 76 in his home in Mokuleia, O‘ahu. He was the second-born son of famous Native Hawaiian artist Gabby Pahinui and like others in his family, Pahinui was...

Our Cultural Gift to the World: Surfing And How to Do It (Sort of)

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By Keli‘i Collier How foa surf? Das one tough question. There are so many ways to ride a wave and so many types of waves to ride. I got five hundred words, max, to share with you, the concept of surfing. Therefore, this not going...