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To maintain the connection to the past and a viable land base, Native Hawaiians will participate in and benefit from responsible stewardship of Ka Pae ʻĀina O Hawaiʻi.

Strategic Results

Increasing the percentage of Ka Pae ʻĀina O Hawaiʻi managed to create economic value, preserve cultural and natural resources and historic properties, and/or provide cultural and social opportunities for Native Hawaiians in a sustainable and balanced manner.


P.O. Box 881040
Pukalani, HI 96788
(808) 572-1505

Hānau ka Ulu Lāʻau, Ola Mau nā Hua (Born is the forest, long live the seeds): Under the leadership of Kumu Hula Kealiʻi Reichel, Hālau Keʻalaokamaile is spearheading an effort to create a 30-acre Native Habitat Corridor on Maui, starting with a 6-acre kīpuka in Makawao. The hālau will study chants, Hawaiian language newspapers and firsthand accounts to identify plants that are native to the area. Then, in collaboration with six hālau and Hawaiian immersion programs, Hālau Keʻalaokamaile will begin restoring native flora to the Makawao ahupuaʻa using traditional Hawaiian practices and natural farming.

Photo: Koa Hewahewa watering plants
Koa Hewahewa, Native Habitat Restoration Project Manager, watering the ʻōhiʻa, in the Kāpuʻao Nursery.


P.O. Box 66
ʻOʻōkala, HI 96744
(808) 933-9411

Aloha ʻāina. Aloha Kaʻūpūlehu. Aloha Wao Lama continues sustainable management practices at Kaūpūlehu, one of the healthiest remnant dryland forests remaining in Hawaiʻi. Through HFI’s sponsorship, Hoʻola Ka Makanaʻā o Kaʻūpūlehu, a land-based cultural ecology education hui and restoration organization, will be able to continue its mission of tending, honoring and growing a place of peace and safety for the native dryland lama forest of Kaūpūlehu within a regional homeland context – fostering restorative kinship relationships between community and ʻāina – utilizing educational stewardship, traditional ecological knowledge and contemporary and institutional scientific methods.

Photo: Todd Tashima and Lori Walker working with a group
Photo: (L-R) Todd Tashima and Lori Walker, in the Environmental Law Clinic mauka huakaʻi to Kaʻūpūlehu forest during their kōkua makai with the “Try Wait” no-take fishing initiative in October 2016.


P.O. Box 482188
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
(808) 553-8353

Ke Ola o Ka ʻāina is a collaborative partnership between Ka Honua Momona (KHM) on Molokaʻi and Waipā Foundation on Kauaʻi. KHM has been engaged in restoration of two ancient fishponds on Molokaʻi – Aliʻi and Kaokoeli – as well as managing a 1.5 acre parcel with several gardens growing edible and medicinal plants. Waipā stewards the 1,600-acre Waipā ahupuaʻa on Kauaʻi. Together, the two organizations will share practices and develop programs, policies and revenue-generating activities aimed at fostering greater connections to ʻāina through stewardship, cultural practices and growing and preparing local foods.

Photo: Children at Ali‘i Fishpond
Photo: Ka Honua Momona hosted all of Kualapuʻu Charter School’s (another OHA grant recipient) kindergarten classes in spring of 2017 at Aliʻi Fishpond.


45-285 Kāneʻohe Bay Drive #102
Kāneʻohe, HI 96744
(808) 664-3027

Kāhea Loko is a call to restore, revitalize and preserve the Waikalua Loko Fishpond for the next 400 years; to inspire, educate and practice the art and engineering of Hawaiian fishponds as a catalyst to restoring Kāneʻohe Bay and the nearshore fisheries environmental to help reconnect the mauka (Luluku lands) to makai in the ahupuaʻa of Kāneʻohe. Opportunities to engage and support student/community learning include rebuilding the Kuapa (wall); reconstructing three auwai and bridges, repairing three makaha gates, removing invasive limu and mangrove, propagating native limu and fish and recycling both degradable and non-biodegradable vegetation and human-made elements.

Photo: Students from Windward Community College removing invasive limu
Photo: Students from Windward Community College removing invasive limu (gorilla ogo) from Waikalua Loko Iʻa. Limu gets recycled to taro farmers on Windward side.