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He Kohu Kānāwai na ka ʻAhaʻōlelo Nui

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Read this article in English Unuhi ʻia e Noʻeau Peralto Ke Koi ʻana aku i ka Hoʻihoʻi Iwi Kūpuna Ma ka makahiki 1995 a me ka makahiki 1996 o kā mākou hana, ua hoʻokō ʻia nā hoʻihoʻi iwi kūpuna he ʻumikūmāwalu me nā hale hōʻikeʻike he ʻumikūmāhā,...

‘Ewa Beach Parcel Selected for HHLRA Transfer

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After receiving input last month, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands has agreed on a land transfer of approximately 80 acres from the federal government as provided by the Hawaiian Home Lands Recovery Act (HHLRA) of 1995, Public Law 104-42. The property is the site...

Hoʻonaʻauao: Education, Our Most Important Strategic Priority…

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Welina! Aloha mai kākou! This month I am featuring Dr. Glenn Medeiros, our very own homegrown boy from Lāwaʻi, Kauaʻi whose education took him from singer/musician to President of Saint Louis High School! He wanted to share his journey. Mahalo nui, Dr. Medeiros! I am...

The Power of Noni

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Written records from early historians documented the excellent health observed among Native Hawaiians. Although the variety of food they enjoyed was not nearly as extensive as today, they had what they needed to maintain their health for generations. When our early Polynesian ancestors planned their...

Collaborating to Combat COVID-19

Photo: Dr. Nalani Blaisdell-Brennan, Dr. Marcus Iwane, Brian Keaulana, Dr. Gerard Akaka and Kuʻulei Birnie
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In October 2020, Waiʻanae, home to more Native Hawaiians than any other zip code in Hawaiʻi, experienced a dramatic peak in COVID-19 positivity: 18.5 percent. The Hawaiʻi State Department of Health declared the area a hotspot. By November, Waiʻanae’s positivity rate was 12 percent...

OHA’s Plans for Kakaʻako Makai Suffer a Setback

Map of Kaka'ako Makai showing parcels owned by the State of Hawaii, OHA, Kamehameha Schools, and HCDA
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In late January, OHA executives learned that a group of legislators were introducing a bill during the 2021 legislative session that would affect OHA’s commercial properties in Kakaʻako Makai by raising the building height limit for two of OHA’s 10 parcels and lifting the...

An Act of Congress

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Read this article in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Requiring the repatriation of iwi kūpuna In 1995 and 1996, there were 18 repatriation cases involving 14 museums pursuant to the authority of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the voluntary return of a single skull from...

Restoring This Sacred Place

Photo: Kukaniloko Birthing Stones
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OHA pursues its community-informed plans for managing Kūkaniloko and its surrounding Wahiawā lands “Kahi i makemake nui ʻia e nā aliʻi o Oʻahu nei; A place greatly desired by the chiefs of Oʻahu.” - Kalanikuihonoinamoku, 1865 A place of chiefs The Wahiawā Plateau is the vast central plain between...

Kahana Living Park Concept Long Overdue Says OHA Report

In commemoration of OHA’s 40th anniversary, throughout 2021 Ka Wai Ola will feature select articles from the newspaper’s archives. This piece, about residents of Kahana Valley on O‘ahu pursuing a “Living Park” concept, is reprinted from March 1984. It is way past time for action,”...

Fulfilling our Kuleana

Photo: Laʻi Bertelmann
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By Laʻi Bertelmann, Grade 12, Kanu o ka ʻĀina New Century Public School Being raised in Hawaiʻi and being of Hawaiian ancestry you are given a kuleana. It is to do all you can for our lāhui, to mālama the place that provides for us,...

Oʻahu Neighborhood Board Elections Kick Off on April 23

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Get ready to vote for your 2021-2023 Oʻahu Neighborhood Board members! The island-wide, completely online election begins on April 26 and ends on May 21. If you are a registered voter, you will receive a passcode in the mail which will allow you to vote...

The Famous Stones of Wahiawā

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Read this article in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi Wahiawā is famous for its stones – those at Kūkaniloko, the stone called Oʻahunui, the stone platter of ʻAikanaka, and the healing stones named Keanianiʻulaokalani. Wahiawā means “place of noise” and was an ahupuaʻa in the district of Waialua as...

Presentations, a Celebration and Lamentation

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Kumu (n. 4. Reason, cause, goal, justification, motive, grounds, purpose.) Aloha mai kākou, My mother was a lauhala weaver and, growing up, I would often watch her work. As I reflect now upon that process – from collecting and preparing the leaves, to designing and weaving...

Nā Pōhaku Kaulana o Wahiawā

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Read this article in English Kaulana ʻo Wahiawā i nā pōhaku - ma Kūkaniloko, ka pōhaku ʻo Oʻahunui, ka pā ʻai pōhaku a ʻAikanaka, a me nā pōhaku hoʻōla ʻo Keanianiʻulaokalani. ʻO Wahiawā kekahi “wahi o ke kani wawā” a he ahupuaʻa ia ma ka moku...

Lindsey Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

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OHA Board Chair Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey testified on Feb. 24, 2021, at the first hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs chaired by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaiʻi), urging senators to help address the needs of Native Hawaiians. “This committee has a long history...

Beloved Pololū

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By Leiana Carvalho, Grade 11, Kohala High School Mai ka makani maikaʻi o Kohala welina me ke aloha kākou. ʻO wau ʻo Leiana Kuʻuwehiwaimapumekekaluheaonaʻaliiwahine Carvalho. ʻO Honomakaʻu, Kohala, Hawaiʻi kuʻu ʻāina hānau. ʻO Pololū au. ʻO Pololū kākou. From the winds of Kohala greetings to you...

Mākeke | The Marketplace | April 2021

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Keeping Hawaiʻi Home

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By Logan Freitas In the Hawaiian community and beyond, April has always been known for the Merrie Monarch Festival honoring our nation’s Merrie Monarch, King David Kalākaua. As I reflect on who he was and all he stood for, I think of his motto “Hoʻoulu Lāhui,”...

Help for Native Hawaiian Businesses Facing the COVID Storm

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For the past year, the global COVID-19 pandemic has slowed most sectors of the world economy to a crawl. In Hawaiʻi, countless businesses have reached out for external help, such as government assistance, simply to survive. However, recent survey data reveals that Native Hawaiian-owned businesses...