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The Making of a Short Film About George Helm Seven years ago filmmaker ‘Āina Paikai and his friend, Kaliko Ma‘i‘i, talked about making a movie about Hawaiian folk hero George Helm. The long-time friends had always wanted to work on a project together, but Paikai...

Creating a Network of Knowledge Via Mele

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At just 28 years old, Zachary Alaka‘i Lum has already made a name for himself as a haku mele (songwriter). The Ha‘ikū, He‘eia, O‘ahu native is a founding member of the musical group Keauhou, along with brother, Nicholas, and friend, Kahanuola Solatorio. Keauhou took...

Hawai‘i’s Video Storytellers: When a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Photo: Joan Lander and Puhipau
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Nā Maka O Ka ‘Āina: Joan Lander and Puhipau In Hawai‘i’s tightly-knit community of ‘ōiwi video storytellers and documentary-makers, Joan Lander and Puhipau (Abe Ahmad) are honored as revered kūpuna. The duo, whose video company Nā Maka o Ka ‘Āina was established in 1981, were...

Duty of Care; Duty of Loyalty

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Fiduciary duty is an obligation to act in the best interest of another party. A trustee has a fiduciary duty to the trust’s beneficiaries. This includes the duty of care: the legal responsibility of a person or organization to avoid any behaviors or omissions...

The State Systems MUST Follow the Law!

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A basic tenant of the western legal construct says that a client’s communication with its attorney is “privileged” or protected. The reason being is the private and open communication between an attorney and client is critically necessary in order to deliver sound legal...

Native Hawaiians in the conversation on climate change

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As part of our continued outreach with other indigenous communities, doors have opened for OHA to participate in national conversations on climate change. This comes upon other crucial opportunities in which OHA has engaged in this important conversation. Locally, OHA has a seat on...

Mākeke | The Marketplace: April 2020

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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 check...

Reverend Abraham Akaka’s sermon on the Aloha Spirit…and how it ties into our incubation, isolation because of this virus…

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I dedicate this column to Mrs. Lorna Pacheco, who appeared on Kathy Muneno’s KHON2 Kupuna Life news segment on March 12th. She was featured as a lauhala weaver who truly believes the “ALOHA SPIRIT” will save our world! Imagine that you are completely dependent...

COVID-19: A Kāhea for Protection

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Stay home from work if you’re not well. Practice social distancing. Stock up on supplies. These are all guidelines for avoiding the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 – except that for millions of people across the country, such steps are challenging, or even impossible. Certainly, the...

Public Notice | April 2020

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CULTURAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT - Kamananui Ahupua‘a, Waialua District ASM Affiliates is preparing a Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) in compliance with HRS Chapter 343 for the proposed development of an 80-acre solar site on a portion of Tax Map Key (TMK) (1) 6-5-002:005, Kamananui Ahupua‘a, Waialua...

Notice to all OHA Beneficiaries

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During the COVID-19 crisis, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ priority is to maintain safe and healthy community and work environments for OHA staff and beneficiaries while also, to the extent possible, limiting disruptions in our services to the lāhui. Following federal and state guidance, including...

Waiākea High School Robotics Program

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Aloha nui kākou! In our last article, we shared information regarding the Academies at Waiākea High School. We wanted to focus on one of the Academies this month. The following is taken straight from the school’s website. “The Business, Engineering, Sciences & Technology (BEST)...

OHA Board Actions: April 2020

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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 : Trustee Dan Ahuna moves to approve...

Hoʻohui ʻOhana | Family Reunions: April 2020

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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...

Ka Ho‘ōla ma Honokahua: Mahele III

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Read this article in English Unihi ʻia e Noʻeau Peralto Oiai e ho‘oponopono ‘ia ana ka hewa ma Honokahua, ua ho‘okumu ‘ia kekahi kānāwai hou ma ka ‘aha kau kānāwai o ka makahiki 1989 i mea e ho‘ololi ai i ke Kānāwai HRS Mokuna 6E no...

We are Storytellers

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mo‘olelo n. Story, tale, myth, history, tradition, literature, legend, journal, log, yarn, fable, essay, chronicle, record, article. Aloha mai kākou, Growing up in Kohala I remember my mother and aunties gathering for entire weekends to work on our family genealogy. As they worked, they spontaneously shared stories...

Iwi Kūpuna Return

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In late February, OHA and a hui of cultural practitioners received 20 iwi kūpuna (ancestral bones) that were housed for over a century at the University of Cambridge, ending a decade-long effort to return the Native Hawaiian remains to Hawai‘i. “The international repatriation of iwi...

Akaiko Akana: Kahu, Kākā‘ōlelo, Hoa Kanaka

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Read this article in English Aia ma ka paia i loko o ka luakini ‘o Kawaiaha‘o kekahi pāhai (papa ho‘omana‘o) o nā kahu a pau o ia hale pule i hala. Ma luna o ia pāhai, ua kākau ‘ia kēia mau mana‘o no Akana: He...