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The Hawaiʻi Delegates in Melanesia

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In 1980, I travelled with others from Hawaiʻi to Papua New Guinea, as a delegate to the South Pacific Festival of Pacific Arts (SPFA, now FestPAC).

Nā ʻElele o Hawaiʻi ma Melenikia

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I ka Makahiki 1980, ua hele huakaʻi au me kekahi mau poʻe ʻē aʻe no Hawaiʻi i Papua Nū Kīnī, i ʻelele no ka “Hoʻolauleʻa Pāheona o ka Pākīpika Hema” (FestPAC i kēia manawa).

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 41 No. 4 | May 2024

Ka Wai Ola May 2024 Issue Cover
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Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 41 No. 4 | May 2024 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

A Legacy of Service

Photo: Iopa Maunakea and his Men of PAʻA executive team
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It was 2018, and after a two-year jail sentence and four months in drug rehab, Carlos Bellotto moved into a clean and sober house.

Olonā – Touchardia latifolia

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One of the strongest natural fibers in the world and endemic to our pae ʻāina, uses for kaula olonā (olonā cordage) are nearly innumerable.

Merrie Monarch: Hawaiʻi Fashion Bursting at the Seams

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The Merrie Monarch Festival, an annual celebration of hula and Hawaiian culture, has long been revered for its mesmerizing performances and cultural significance.

Hawaiian Panels at Merrie Monarch a Winner!!!

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The Merrie Monarch was a stunning success this year, and it was not the only event that was a winner. On April 3 and 4, OHA sponsored three panel discussions at the Nani Loa on Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, ʻĀina Momona & Self-Determination, and Kai Moana.

Celebrating Tradition and Community: The Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

Every year, amidst the lush landscapes and vibrant culture of Hilo, Hawaiʻi, the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of Hawaiian tradition and community.

E Nīnau iā NHLC

Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC) started as an anti-eviction law firm aimed at addressing the crisis of Native Hawaiians increasingly being evicted from rural areas to make way for residential and industrial developments.

OHA’s Successful Outreach at the 61st Merrie Monarch Hula Festival

Photo: OHA Trustees at the Merrie Monarch Festival
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The 61st Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo was a time of great celebration for Hawaiian culture, commerce and community.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs Selects Hailama Farden as Senior Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs

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The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has selected veteran educator and Native Hawaiian community leader Hailama Farden to be OHA’s Senior Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs.

An Important Legacy of Papahānaumokuākea: Part I

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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is recognized as a model for Indigenous co-governance in the United States and globally.

Uniting the Pacific: A Historic Meeting of Leaders at FestPAC

Photo: Palauan performers stand ready at the 12th FestPAC in Guam in 2016
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This June, a 19th-century effort to build a coalition among Pacific Island communities will take a monumental leap forward at the 13th Festival of Pacific Arts in Hawaiʻi (FestPAC).

A Hub for All Things Molokaʻi

Photo: Wailani Tanaka and partner David Mireles
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Molokaʻi, often referred to as the “Friendly Isle,” is not only known for its breathtaking landscapes and strong sense of community but also for its thriving entrepreneurial spirit deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture and values.

Public Notice | May 2024

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Public Notice | May 2024 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

Revised Standards for Race and Ethnicity Data Collection a Step Forward for NHPI Communities

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After almost 30 years, the federal minimum standards for collecting data on race and ethnicity have been updated.

The 61st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival Royal Parade

Photo: OHA Trustees, ʻohana, & staff
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This past April marked the 61st Merrie Monarch Festival, a week of hula competition, artisans and culture of Hawai‘i and beyond, and royal parade in Hilo, honoring King David Laʻamea Kalākaua and his contributions to hula and as a patron of the arts, music and dance.

Cat-Proof Fence Enclosure Built on Mauna Kea to Protect Nesting ʻUaʻu

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The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has completed installation of a cat-proof fence enclosure on Mauna Kea, to safeguard and enhance an existing nesting area for ʻuaʻu, an endangered native seabird.

Quiet Acts of Love: A Tribute to Julia Hale Souza

Photo: Trustee Souza with his mother Julia Hale Souza
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In a world where the spotlight often shines on the flashy, the bold and the outspoken, there are many who don’t seek the spotlight but whose tireless efforts shape the very foundation of our lives.

Molokaʻi Auto Parts Keeps the Friendly Isle on the Move

Photo: Lani Ozaki, far right, with Molokaʻi Auto Parts team members Patricia and JR
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Like most families in Hawaiʻi, Lani and Duane Ozaki work tirelessly to meet the high cost of living and plan for the future of their children.