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  NO RESPONSES On June 13, all candidates running for OHA’s Board of Trustees were contacted via email and invited to respond to Ka Wai Ola’s...

Hope Alohalani Cermelj

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  NO RESPONSES On June 13, all candidates running for OHA’s Board of Trustees were contacted via email and invited to respond to Ka Wai Ola’s...

Good Medicine for OHA’s “Red Flags”

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If you are like most people, it’s no fun going to the doctor to discover that something is wrong. Yet, a medical check-up is often the first step toward restoring health and preventing future problems.

What’s Going on at OHA

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Over the last two years the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has seen some dramatic changes.

DHHL Grant Opportunity for Nonprofits Serving Homesteads

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The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has announced the availability of $8.5 million for its Community Development Grants Program, part of DHHL’s Native Hawaiian Development Program Plan.

Puna Students Connect to Their Culture and ʻĀina Through Art

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According to the late Dorothy Kahananui, Hiʻiaka learned this oli and hula from her best friend, Hōpoe. The friends spent much time together in Puna, a wahi pana beloved by Hiʻiaka.
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Ka Wai Ola Honored by NAJA for Overall Excellence

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Ka Wai Ola News, the print and online publication of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), was recently honored with three overall excellence accolades from the Native American Journalist Association (NAJA) Native Media Awards.

“E Kupu, nā Koaha”

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I am glad to welcome everyone back to the third and final installment of this three-part series on kānaka civic engagement.

Homestead Leaders Developing Strategic Plan for $600M to DHHL

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The Hawaii State Legislature has appropriated $600 million in general funds to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to address the waitlist of more than 28,000 families waiting for land allotments promised under the federal Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 (HHCA) and again at Statehood in 1959.

Letters to the Editor | September 2022

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“Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono,” according to the state of Hawaiʻi, translates as “the life of the land is...

Random Thoughts on a Visit to Wao Kele o Puna

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I recently traveled to my home island of Moku o Keawe as part of my kuleana with OHA.

Walk to the Box 2022

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Ka Leo O Nā ʻŌpio (KONO) helped to put on two events that aimed to promote the importance of Hawaiian civic engagement and turnout at the polls this year.

The Bird that Soars in the Heavenly Space

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In Hawaiian tradition, the Hawaiian hawk, or ʻio, is symbolic of royalty – as in this ʻōlelo noʻeau where the ʻio is a metaphor for an aliʻi.

ʻO ka ʻIo: Kiaʻi Kilakila Maoli o ka ʻĀina

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He manu hanohano ka ʻio ke ʻike aku ma kona kīkahakaha ʻana ma ka lewa. Ua ʻōlelo ʻia e nā kūpuna “He ʻio au, he manu i ka lewa lani” ma ka haʻi ʻōlelo ʻana e pili ana i nā aliʻi kiʻekiʻe.

Hauʻoli Lā Hānau e Queen Liliʻuokalani: Reflections of an LT Kamaliʻi

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Queen Liliʻuokalani was born Lydia Liliʻu Loloku Walania Wewehi Kamakaʻeha to high Chiefess Analeʻa Ke- ohokālole and Caesar Kapaʻakea. On Sept. 2, 2022, we celebrate the queen’s 184th lā hānau.

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 39 No. 9 | September 2022

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September 2022 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

Paniolo: The Pride of a Nation

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We associate cowboys with the “Wild West,” but the Hawaiian Kingdom had cowboys long before the United States and it all started with seven cattle.

Rosen Selected as New NHCC Executive Director

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With so many ways to enhance and uplift our lāhui in business, this year the chamber will focus this on building relationships in the community and with its members through networking.

Kokiʻo: A Spectacle in the Bosom of Hualālai

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The island of Hawaiʻi is home to this endangered kokiʻo (Kokia drynarioides), found on arid lee slopes. We understand that two wild adult individuals remain, along with many outplanted, and some wild, keiki.

Cut Cholesterol with Local Produce

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Many of us have either heard of or know someone with high cholesterol. It is a common condition with serious consequences, as it increases our risk of stroke and heart disease.

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