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A Message on Love – Aloha Nui

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I had the distinct honor and opportunity to speak to the youth of Hawaiʻi at the 11th Annual Anti-Bullying and Violence Convention.

Making the Sanctity of Mauna Kea a Priority

Photo: Pōhaku ʻeho on Mauna Kea appear reddish-orange in the moonlight
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When the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) filed a Circuit Court lawsuit on Jan. 17, 2024, challenging the legality and constitutionality of Act 255, it took many in the community by surprise.

Family Reunions: March 2024

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Family Reunions: March 2024 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

Storing Wildfire Debris at Olowalu Stirs Controversy

Photo: Workers collect debris from Maui wildfires
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Maui County’s decision to use Olowalu as the temporary location for storing debris from the Lahaina wildfires sparked vocal criticism from those with ties to the area.

A Legacy of Lies

Ka Wai Ola
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Last month I shared with Hawaiians my efforts to get the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the State of Hawaiʻi Historic Preservation Division (SHPD), the University of Hawaii (UH), and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) to work together to protect Kumukahi.

Be Younger Than Your Age

Ka Wai Ola
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Have you ever wondered why no two people age the same way? This may not be noticeable when people are in their 30s, but chances are it’ll be more obvious when they reach their 40s or 50s.

Navy to Work With the Community to Restore Loko Iʻa Pāʻaiau

Photo: The restoration of Pāʻaiau Fishpond
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A uniquely worded Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed last November between the Navy, the Aliʻi Pauʻahi Hawaiian Civic Club (APHCC), Living Life Source Foundation, and Nā Lima Noʻeau to affirm their commitment to work together as an ʻohana and in the spirit of aloha.

ʻŌʻō Award Nominations are Open Now Through March 15

Photo: Dr. Diane Paloma and Kahu Kenneth Makuakāne
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Founded in 1974, the purpose of the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (NHCC) was to create a foundation of influence for Native Hawaiian business owners and professionals among their non-Hawaiian peers

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The government debris removal program provides owners of homes lost in the Maui wildfires with debris removal paid for by FEMA and any insurance earmarked for debris removal.

Niniau Kawaihae Named OHA Director of Community Engagement

Photo: Niniau Kawaihae
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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has named Hawaiʻi Island native Niniau Kawaihae as its Director of Community Engagement. She began her new role on Feb. 16, 2024.

There is Room on Mauna Kea for Both Culture and Science

Ka Wai Ola
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One of my favorite cultural heroes is a Hawaiian seafarer who balanced science and culture.

Frequently Asked Questions: OHA’s Act 255 Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority Lawsuit

Photo: Mauna Kea rises above the clouds
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Frequently Asked Questions regarding OHA’s Act 255 Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority Lawsuit.

News Briefs | March 2024

Photo: OHA Grant Workshops
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News Briefs | March 2024 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

Kaleleonālani at Mauna Kea

Photo: Kuini ʻEmalani Kaleleonālani
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Kaleleonālani is the name of the dowager queen Emma, and it is a name of remembrance for her beloved son who died in 1862 and her husband who died in 1863.

Advocacy at Capitol Hill

Ka Wai Ola
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On Feb. 13, 2024, our Hawaiʻi State Association of Counties (HSAC) contingent, including a few Native Hawaiian and native Hawaiian homesteader county council members and staffers, went to Capitol Hill to visit with Hawaiʻi’s four congressional delegates (Sen. Mazie Hirono, Sen. Brian Schatz, Rep. Jill Tokuda and Rep. Ed Case).

All in the ʻOhana

Photo: Micaiah Maunakea-Payne, Zack Payne and Eliana Maunakea-Payne
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Papahana Kuaola’s Nā Leo Makamae project targets the family to support and enhance the use of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi at home.

OHA Releases $6.87 Million in Grant Solicitations

Ka Wai Ola
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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) announced the release of 10 grant solicitations totaling $6.87 million intended to aid the Native Hawaiian community.

The Closing of Makahiki Signals the Departure of the Koholā

Photo: Koholā
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Every Makahiki season, thousands of koholā (humpback whales) return to the warm, shallow waters of Hawai‘i Nei to mate, give birth, and raise their young.

DOI Promotes Proper Use of Hawaiian Language

Photo: DOI Secretary Deb Haaland with a student
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In a monumental step toward increasing cultural inclusion and Indigenous visibility, the Department of the Interior (DOI) released a new addition to its Departmental Manual (DM) directed at improving its use of the Hawaiian language.

Ke Kani Haʻihaʻi i ka Nahele o Hawaiʻi

Photo: Hawaiʻi ʻamakihi
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The Hawaiʻi ʻamakihi (Chlorodrepanis virens) is a chatty, sharp-looking honeycreeper that can be found on the islands of Hawaiʻi, Maui, and Molokaʻi, but is no longer known on Lānaʻi