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A Land District, A Land Division

Ka Wai Ola
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Read this article in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi We have become accustomed to the concept of the ahupuaʻa, a division of land stretching from mountain to sea. It has been demonstrated by Hawaiians to be a land management model for sustaining the lives of people dependent on...

He Moku, He Ahupuaʻa

Ka Wai Ola
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Read this article in English Ua hele ā kamaʻāina kākou me ka manaʻo o ke “ahupuaʻa,” he mahele ʻāina nō ia e hoholo ana mai ke kuahiwi a i ke kai. Ua hōʻike ʻia e ka poʻe Hawaiʻi he kūkohu manakia ʻāina kēia no ka...

I Moe Kau a Hoʻoilo

Photo: 2017 Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Dresden Repatriation
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Read this article in English Unuhi ʻia e Noʻeau Peralto Hui Mālama I Nā Kūpuna O Hawaiʻi Nei Mokuna 8: I Mana i ka Hoʻonaʻauao Aʻole ʻike ʻia e mākou, inā ua hoʻihoʻi ʻia maila ka hapanui o nā iwi kūpuna a me nā moepū i Hawaiʻi...

So Their Spirits May Rest

Photo: 2017 Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Dresden Repatriation
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Read this article in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Hui Mālama I Nā Kūpuna O Hawaiʻi Nei Part 8: Empowerment Through Education We have no ability to gauge our success in repatriation either nationally or internationally since there is no way of knowing for certain how many iwi kūpuna...

Farming for the Future

Ka Wai Ola
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Mahi (nvt. To cultivate, farm; a farm, plantation, patch.) Aloha mai kākou, My family, like others in Kohala, kept a garden growing fruits and vegetables and tended our ʻohana loʻi. We also raised chickens, pigs and cows for the benefit of our immediate and extended family,...

Hoʻomākaukau! Preparing for Better Times

Photo: Napua Harbottle
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By Napua Harbottle Born Bernice Pauahi Pākï on Dec. 19, 1831, to high chiefs Abner Pākï and Laura Kōnia, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop grew to be a woman of intelligence, compassion and foresight who understood her kuleana to serve her people. As the last direct descendant...

OHA’s New Board

Ka Wai Ola
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I have been asked by beneficiaries what happens after the election to the positions on the Board of Trustees at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Let me see if I can break it down for you. After the state election that takes place every two...

A Breadfruit Tree in Every Yard

Photo: ʻIo with breadfruit
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“I ke alo no ka ʻulu a hala; The breadfruit was just in front and it was missed.” When most people think about traditional Hawaiian agriculture, they think about loʻi kalo. “There was a lot of loʻi restoration following the ʻHawaiian Renaissance’ and to some extent,...

We Are A Trust, So Who Is OHA’s Primary and Only Customer?

Ka Wai Ola
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Welcome to my December column of Ka Wai Ola! During the year, we looked at the question of self-assessment which was: “What is our Mission?” This month I will discuss: Who is our Primary Customer? We don’t have “customers” – we have beneficiaries...customer is a marketing...

Go Farm!

Photo: GoFarm Hawaiʻi students tend their plots at the Hilo site
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In spring 2012, about a dozen educators and business-people – including land asset managers, agriculture professors from Windward Community College and the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and extension agents from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources...

Hoʻohui ʻOhana | Family Reunions: December 2020

Ka Wai Ola
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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...

A New Day in Hawaiian Real Estate

Photo: Minoo Ellison
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By Minoo Elison With half of all Hawaiians in the US residing outside of Hawaiʻi due to escalating housing prices and cost of living, the effort to increase Hawaiian homeownership was never more urgent. Luckily, the tide is turning as more Hawaiians in real estate...

Oʻahu ʻOhana: Consider Running for Your Neighborhood Board

Ka Wai Ola
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In 1973, the Neighborhood Board Commission was created on Oʻahu “to assure and increase community participation in the decision-making process of government.” This established an island-wide network of elected boards to improve communication and facilitate community and government interaction. Today there are 33 neighborhood...

Addressing COVID-19 Through a Cultural Lens

Ka Wai Ola
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A coalition of organizations dedicated to serving Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) is taking a cultural approach to stopping the spread of COVID-19 and promoting the safety and wellness of their communities. Called the NHPI Collective COVID-19 Awareness and Prevention Campaign, this hui...

Lydia’s House: Advocacy Lite

Ka Wai Ola
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For decades, Native Hawaiian youth have been consistently overrepresented in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, and among the homeless in Hawaiʻi. While the numbers have improved recently, the continuing overrepresentation highlights critical flaws within Hawaiʻi’s system of care: the gap in local...

Mahalo Nui; Aloha ʻOe

Ka Wai Ola
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After nearly two and a half decades of service to the lāhui as an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee, OHA bids a fond mahalo and aloha to former Board of Trustees (BOT) Chair Colette Machado. Born and raised in Hoʻolehua, Machado is a long-time grassroots...

Moʻolelo Makahiki: Peg Leg at Nāʻiwa

Photo: Lono pole
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By Mikiala Pescaia A chanter stands at the edge of Kapale Gulch in Nāʻiwa, reciting the moʻokūʻauhau of the most promising young man from his district, chosen for exhibiting leadership, wisdom, athletic prowess, humility and integrity. As the names of the kūpuna are called, they appear...

News Briefs | December 2020

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DOH Launches Safe Gatherings Campaign for Holidays The holiday season is a time for celebrations and parties, but large gatherings are the primary cause of COVID-19 clusters. To demonstrate how to gather safely with ʻohana, friends, and co-workers, the Hawaiʻi Department of Health has produced a...

Cultivating Hawaiʻi’s Food Systems

What is a cummunity food system?
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A collaborative new initiative hopes to pave the way to a more sustainable and resilient food system for Hawaiʻi The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed Hawaiʻi’s food insecurity and highlighted the need to develop a more resilient and diversified economy. Toward that end, a project to “system...