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OHA Wins Seven National Native Media Awards

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Ka Wai Ola newspaper recently received seven National Native Media Awards from the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). Since 1980, Ka Wai Ola has covered the people, issues and events making news in our pae ʻāina, and shared OHA’s work on behalf of our lāhui...

Starting a Business on a Firm Foundation

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Lauren Chun grew up in East Honolulu and graduated from Richardson School of Law. After passing the California bar, she practiced law in Los Angeles for about seven years. Chun initially started taking pilates to decompress and refresh while working long days at the...

EA Ecoversity Wins MIT Indigenous Fellowship

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By Dr. Kū Kahakalau EA Ecoversity, a culturally driven higher education and career training program for Native Hawaiian youth and young adults, was named one of eight Indigenous Communities Fellows in the 2020 MIT Solve competition on September 29. EA Ecoversity was chosen out of 71...

Guided by the Moon

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Watch the Mahina Moments video for Mahina o Akua that will rise on November 27, 2020. In the time before, there was a woman called Hina. She was a kapa maker and deeply unhappy because her husband was cruel. One evening, as she was working,...

Indian Country Wins for Hawaiians Too

Photo: Robin Puanani Danner
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In 1999, in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack case in U.S. District Court, Indian farmers filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture claiming systematic discrimination against Native American farmers and ranchers. The allegation was pretty straightforward – the USDA had systematically denied Native American...

Visualizing a Creative Economy

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paʻa.hana (nvs. Industrious, busy, hard-working; workman, laborer, worker, industry) “Ma kāhi o ka hana he ola malaila; Where work is, there is life.” Aloha mai kākou, My great-grandfather grew up on the shores of Kaʻūpūlehu on Hawaiʻi Island north of Kailua-Kona. He lived there his entire life...

Navigating Tourism

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John De Fries becomes the first Native Hawaiian to serve as president and CEO of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority amid the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic. When tourism veteran John De Fries decided to apply to become the president and CEO of the Hawaiʻi Tourism...

He Kaiāulu o ka Poʻe Heona a Makakū

Photo: Vicky Holt Takamine speaks with a group at ILI
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Read this article in English Ua kūpilikiʻi nā ʻoihana ma Hawaiʻi a ma ke aupuni holoʻokoʻa ma muli o ke ahulau nui COVID-19. ʻO ka hopena nui ka pani ʻana o nā hale ʻaina, nā hale haʻuki, nā hale kiʻiʻoniʻoni a nui aku. ʻAʻole paha...

Lāhui United, Lāhui Strong

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“Throw the ʻōpala (trash) from the garden of your heart and let only the golden blossoms of aloha grow there. Live aloha.” - Queen Liliʻuokalani (whose original name was Lydia Walania Kamakaʻeha Pākī). An intelligent, strong and powerful woman who was also very gentle, loving...

ʻO Lono ʻOe

Photo: Dr. Kalei Nuʻuhiwa
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E nā hoa heluhelu mai ka piʻi ana o ka lā i Haʻehaʻe a i ke kai kāʻili lā o Lehua, aloha nui kākou! Greetings of aloha to my fellow readers, from the rising of the sun at Haʻehaʻe to the sun snatching sea...

Domestic Violence Spikes During Pandemic

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The Native Hawaiian COVID-19 Research Hui (a collaboration between the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Kamehameha Schools and Liliʻuokalani Trust), in partnership with the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC), recently published a report illuminating an important yet under-addressed consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: the rise...

Public Notice | November 2020

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Environmental Impact Statement - Pōhakuloa Training Area The Department of the Army is in the beginning stages of the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that analyzes the environmental and cultural effects of the proposed retention of up to approximately 23,000 acres of State-owned...

Building a Strong Business While Building Strong Bodies

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“Lawe i ka maʻalea a ku ʻono ʻono; Acquire skill and make it deep.” - ʻŌlelo Noʻeau Like a good teacher, Stuart Kam is there. The Brazilian jujitsu black belt isn’t teaching martial arts though. He’s sharing his story of how he started a nationwide business...

Pūpūkahi i Holomua! What’s Next for the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce?

By Shannon Edie King David Kalākaua was an innovator and a strong advocate for the revival of cultural practices like hula. Born on Nov. 16, 1836, he began his reign in February of 1874. He was an inventor who held several patents and practiced law at...

A Community of Creative and Artistic People

Photo: Vicky Holt Takamine speaks with a group at ILI
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Read this article in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Businesses of Hawaiʻi and all of the continental U.S. are distressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A result has been the closure of restaurants, gyms, movie theatres and more. Perhaps the impact on hula schools, art galleries, and places...

Hawaiʻi Among the First to Reach 99.9% Response Rate

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As of Oct. 11, 2020, 99.9% of Hawaiʻi households have been counted in the Census. Hawaiʻi was among 12 states and Puerto Rico to first reach 99.9% complete. Still trailing are Georgia, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Mississippi and Louisiana. This is a big...

ʻIke ʻole ʻia ka Hoa Kanaka e ka Naʻaupō

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Read this article in English Unuhi ʻia e Noʻeau Peralto Hui Mālama I Nā Kūpuna O Hawaiʻi Nei Mokuna 7: I Mana i ka Hoʻonaʻauao I ka ʻāpono ʻia ʻana mai o ka Hōʻike no ke Kuleana ʻŌiwi o ka ʻAha Aupuni Hui Pū ʻia, hoʻomaka akula...

News Briefs | November 2020

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Native Feast On November 18, the Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival (HFWF) will host a special four-course collaboration dinner, Native Feast, featuring an Indigenous Foods menu by chef and Hawaiian cultural practitioner Kealoha Domingo, Oglala Lakota Sioux chef Sean Sherman, and Terry Lynch, executive chef...

A Kākou Effort: The Power of Community Shines in Pop-Up Mākeke

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By CNHA Staff One of the busiest shops at Ka Makana Aliʻi Shopping Center is invisible to passersby and inaccessible to public shoppers. The site within the outdoor mall is a small warehouse of sorts filled with everything good about Hawaiʻi: good food, good art,...