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OHA’s 2022 Legislative Package

2022 Legislative Session
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Another exciting legislative session is just around the corner with opening day on Jan. 19, 2022.

Representing Native Hawaiians on the VA’s Tribal Advisory Committee

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Earlier this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) formed a new committee for Native American and Native Hawaiian veterans called “The Tribal Advisory Committee.”

Kalaupapa: A Thriving, Resilient Community

Photo: Kalaupapa Scout Troop 46
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From 1866 to 1969, approximately 8,000 individuals were sent to Kalaupapa after contracting Hansen’s disease.

Crisis at Kapūkakī

Photo: Protestors stage a sit-in at the capital building
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Dire Risk of Oʻahu Aquifer Contamination from Red Hill Fuel Storage Facility

It’s Time for Action…

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The voice of Native Hawaiian business. In the last few years, the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (NHCC) has worked hard to live up to this promise.

He Ui, He Nīnau – What is Regenerative Tourism?

Photo: A loʻi kalo at Kāneʻohe
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When I am asked to explain “regenerative tourism,” I point to a Kānaka understanding of ʻāina and the ingenuity by which we continue to thrive.

Legislative Session 2022

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The Hawai‘i State Legislative Session will begin on Wednesday, January 19, 2022!

Kūlia i Ka Nu‘u

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Looking back at my life now as a 15-year-old, I’ve experienced a lot of things. Many of which were positive and beneficial towards my future.

Honoring the People of Kalaupapa

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Last June, the strength, resilience and contributions of the people of Kalaupapa were officially recognized when Gov. David Ige signed into law a bill designating January as “Kalaupapa Month.”

Charles Reed Bishop: Advocate for the Lāhui

Photo: Bernice Pauahi Pākī and Charles Reed Bishop
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January 25 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Reed Bishop, husband of Ke Aliʻi Bernice Pauahi Bishop, and a driving force in the creation of the Kamehameha Schools.

Addressing the Future of Kalaupapa

Photo: Aerial View of Kalaupapa Village
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Today, there are just five patients left at Kalaupapa. All in their 80s and 90s, they have chosen to live out their lives on the remote Molokaʻi peninsula.

News Briefs | January 2022

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News Briefs for January 2022 - Ka Wai Ola

Reshaping Tourism

Photo: Hanauma Bay
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For a brief moment during the pandemic, kamaʻāina experienced Hawaiʻi without the pressure of tourism. But then the state opened back up, and tourists returned in droves.

Kalaupapa is a Place of Acceptance and Healing

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In this time of a modern pandemic, we in these islands have been able to reflect on such as how we take care of Hawaii and each other.

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 39 No. 1 | January 2022

Ka Wai Ola January 2022 Cover
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January 2022 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

Preserving the Poignant Stories of Kalaupapa

Photo: Joseph William Lapilio
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Joseph William Lapilio III clearly remembers a chickenskin moment in fall 2015 when he was in Kalaupapa for work.

Trauma-Informed Care the Key to Healing

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Native Hawaiians are disproportionally represented in the criminal justice system.

Public Solicitations Expected for DHHL Infrastructure Projects

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In the last three years, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has received increased funding toward Capital Improvement Projects to develop new homestead lots for beneficiaries and make critical repair and maintenance improvements for aging homesteads.

Towards Inclusive Funding Priority-Setting for Native Hawaiian Education

Map of Consultation Participants by Zip Code
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Nothing about us, without us,” is a powerful phrase shared by Sen. Brian Schatz at his Native Hawaiian education listening session earlier this year.

Native Hawaiian Access to Healthcare is a Symptom of a Statewide Problem

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Hawaiʻi residents often face barriers in accessing medical care. For Native Hawaiians in particular, COVID-19’s impact served as yet another reminder that access to adequate healthcare is lacking for many of our people and is a consequence of a bigger problem.