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Kamakas Have Explosive Situation on their Hands

In commemoration of OHA’s 40th anniversary, throughout 2021 Ka Wai Ola will feature select articles from the newspaper’s archives. This piece, about a Native Hawaiian family discovering military ordnance on their farmland, is reprinted from April 1984. By OHA Staff, 1984 That the Kamaka Family Hui...

An Experiment in Caring for Kalo

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By Piliwale Kaai, Grade 11 Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School This school year, my classmates and I were tasked with developing an experiment that would teach us how to take care of kalo. I hypothesized that when talking to the plants, speaking in ʻōlelo...

Maikaʻi Kauaʻi

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Kaiāulu (n. 1. Community, neighborhood, village.) Aloha mai kākou, The first time I visited the island of Kauaʻi I was in high school. You may recall that last December I wrote about my experience with Future Farmers of America (FFA) as a student at Kohala High School....

Sharing Food is Part of our Culture

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By Andreana Dudoit Reyes “I ola no ke kino, i ka māʻona o ka ʻōpū: The body enjoys health when the stomach is well filled.” - ʻŌlelo Noʻeau Hui, how you?” “Eh, come inside, go eat!” is the usual exchange of greetings when visiting a home...

Are We Digitally Ready for the Future?

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By Kaʻala Souza One can only wonder what the people of Hawaiʻi thought in 1820 when the crew of the Thaddeus offloaded the first printing press in Hawaiʻi. Could anyone anticipate the changes this technology would bring to the islands? We don’t know what people...

News Briefs | May 2021

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47.2 Tons of Marine Debris Removed from Papahānaumokuākea In April, a team of scientists carried out a 24-day expedition to Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) and returned to Honolulu with 47.2 tons (94,472 lbs.) of marine debris. The 12-member team, led by the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris...

Legislators Breathe New Life into Auditing OHA

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During the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers demonstrated strong interest in matters concerning the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). Legislators proposed several measures affecting OHA directly and relating to everything from development of OHA’s Kakaʻako Makai properties, to the eligibility requirements for becoming an OHA...

Two Sets of Rules?

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By Shar Chun-Lum HCR 129 would convene a working group to discuss future development plans for Kakaʻako Makai and identify public lands of comparable value for a possible land exchange for some or all of OHA’s 10 parcels at Kakaʻako Makai. These are not “public lands”...

The Diet of Warriors

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Early in my professional career, I was humbled and honored by the invitation to co-research a study with Dr. Claire Hughes, among other esteemed Native Hawaiian health practitioners. A number of studies and programs had repeatedly demonstrated the success of a traditional Hawaiian diet in...

Honoring Kauaʻi’s Peaceful King

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Photo Above: A double rainbow appears in the sky over the newly erected statue of King Kaumualiʻi, the last reigning Aliʻi Nui of Kauaʻi and Niʻihau. Rather than shed the blood of his people, Kaumualiʻi brokered peace with Kamehameha I. The statue is located...

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 38 No. 5 | May 2021

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(Re)Generations: Discredited Research Becomes a Valuable Genealogical Resource

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From 1920 until his death in 1925, anthropologist Louis Sullivan was in Hawaiʻi on assignment from Bishop Museum and the American Museum of Natural History to conduct a study associated with the then-popular eugenics movement. Eugenics advocates selective breeding and forced sterilization to improve the...

Discovering Her Passion

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Find your passion. These three words changed the course of Michelle Uemoto’s life, and they continue to motivate her every day. Facing a prison sentence of up to 20 years, Uemoto was told by the judge presiding over her case to do some soul-searching before her...

Public Notice | May 2021

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Burial Notice: Puapuaʻa Ahupuaʻa II North Kona District, Island of Hawaiʻi All persons having information concerning unmarked burials on TMK (3) 7-5-020:068 in Puapuaʻa II Ahupuaʻa, North Kona District, Island of Hawaiʻi, are requested to contact Mr. Walter Kelly, Kuleana Consulting, LLC, 808-345-9229, konajack@earthlink.net, 681 W....

Hoʻohui ʻOhana | Family Reunions: May 2021

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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...

Aloha hou from Kauaʻi!

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Paʻakikī kānaka o Kauaʻi. Tough are the kānaka of Kauaʻi. – ʻŌlelo Noʻeau 2560 On behalf of myself, our team and the staff at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, I wanted to send a big mahalo to our Kauaʻi Island communities and people for your...

Haliʻa Aloha | May 2021

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To create a space for our readers to honor their loved ones, Ka Wai Ola will print Haliʻa Aloha - obituaries and mele kanikau (mourning chants). Haliʻa Aloha appearing in the print version of Ka Wai Ola should be recent (within six months of...

Mākeke | The Marketplace | May 2021

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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,...

Online Graduate Program at Arizona State University has New Native Hawaiian Track

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By Lisa Kubota Education empowers people to help change the world around them. A new online opportunity is now available to learners looking to uplift the lāhui by pursuing a graduate degree with a Native Hawaiian track. Arizona State University (ASU), in collaboration with Kamehameha Schools...

Helping the Lāhui Connect with ʻIke

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By Kapena Shim As the Papakilo Database celebrates its 10-year anniversary, I want to commend the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) on its vision and execution to build a comprehensive database of Hawaiian knowledge sources that continues to increase the quantity of ʻike that the...