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Ua hala ka makahiki – The old year has slipped away

It was a beautiful, fragrant hala lei but, could I – or should I – give it to a stranger? A friend warned that it might send an “inaccurate message,” particularly because it was intended for a man. I consulted Kawena Pukui. She wrote,...

Kamehameha Schools Hawai‘i ma Edinburgh, Kekokia

Photo: Kamehameha Students with the Hawaiian Flag
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Aloha e nā makamaka o nēia ʻāina aloha o Hawaiʻi mai Kumukahi i piʻi mai ai ka lā a ka welona a ka lā i Lehua. Pāhola mau maila ke aloha o ke Akua, nā kūpuna, me ko kākou mau aliʻi a kākou e...

Fight for Public Land Trust revenue continues

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OHA’s new film “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied,” which is now available to view at www.oha.org/PLT, describes the longstanding fight to ensure that the State of Hawaiʻi fulfills its commitment to the Native Hawaiian people stemming from the loss their ancestral lands. Below is a...

Hula festival hits 40

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The Prince Lot Hula Festival is moving to ʻIolani Palace for its 40th anniversary. The non-competitive festival honors Prince Lot Kapuaiwa, who reigned as Kamehameha V from 1863 to 1872 and helped reprise hula after it had been banned. “We are pleased to welcome this signature...

OHA Board Actions | July 2017

The following actions were taken by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees, and are summarized here. For more information on board actions, please see the complete meeting minutes posted online at www.oha.org/BOT Motion to approve Administration’s recommendation on Action item BAE #17-04 Misti...

Kamehameha Lei Draping, ceremony Washington D.C.

Hawaiʻi monarch King Kamehameha was honored at the U.S. Capitol on June 11 with a lei draping ceremony attended by several Hawaiʻi officials – including Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees, members of Hawaiʻi’s Congressional delegation and state and county officials. Coinciding with Kamehameha Day...

Acai bowls to satisfy your ‘ono

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At Mo ʻOno Hawaiʻi, an acai bowl food truck on Maui, you can get your acai topped with papaya or served in a papaya. “We make custom acai bowls to everyone’s ʻono, or everyone’s craving,” says Toni Matsuda, co-owner of Mo ʻOno. “We have...

Aloha Maiden: cleaning lives

Photo: April Brobst with her staff
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Aloha Maiden founder April Brobst describes herself as an old school kind of cleaner: “I move everything, pull everything out, clean behind, up, down, you know, all-around. It’s just the way I was brought up.” Growing up, Brobst and her five siblings had to clean...

OHA trustees hold community meetings on Maui

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Walter Kamaunu, Jocelyn Costa, Kaleikoa Kāʻeo and Clare Apana were among the community members who attended OHA’s Maui meetings to voice their concerns about iwi kūpuna being disturbed by mining at the sand dunes in central Maui. The sand dunes are known to contain iwi...

OHA provides Kaka‘ako Makai updates

In 2012, the State transferred nine parcels of land in Kakaʻako Makai to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. This settlement was a result of the $200 million in back revenues that were owed to OHA. Two rounds of community meetings were held throughout the pae...

Youth exchanges enrich worldwide voyage

Photo: Kamehaililani Waiau, Hiilani Young, Aalii Kelling, Kalehua Kelling, Kanoe Holt
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At almost every one of the 150 stops that Hōkūleʻa made on the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, dignitaries and community members gathered to greet the waʻa. In ceremonies large and small, crewmembers were welcomed onto distant shores. Over the course of their stay, local...

Reinventing OHA Part 2

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In my last column I set forth seven recommendations for Trustees to consider in order to hit the reset button on the way we manage beneficiary business and maximize our proficiency in carrying out our fiduciary duty in ways that clearly allow us...

Skin cancer is color blind

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In Hawaiʻi, there’s a common misconception that people with darker skin tones aren’t at risk for skin cancer. Contrary to this belief, individuals with darker skin tones are equally susceptible so it’s important for all of us, including Native Hawaiians, to be aware of...

E Kū Kanaka for the OHA Budget and Hawaiian People

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Recently, the OHA Board of Trustees approved a budget to spend nearly $93 million over the next two years. Although I have some serious concerns over this budget, I voted to approve it in order to Kū Kanaka (stand tall) for our beneficiaries...

Saying a final farewell to OHA Trustee Moanikeʻala Akaka

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ʻAnoʻai kakou… It is with sadness I say aloha to former OHA Trustee Moanikeʻala Akaka who passed away in Hilo on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at the age of 72. I had the distinct honor of serving with Moani on the OHA Board from...

FUTURE STRONG…OHA!!! How Do You Stay FUTURE STRONG?

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It may sound like a cliché, but it really is just being a ‘people person.’ There are just three simple parts to being Future Strong. First, care about people’s needs. I’m empathetic. That’s the thread through everything I do. It’s the ability to always...

Pono leadership for Hawaiʻi

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A new wave of political leadership is rising in Hawaiʻi, and the Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action’s (HAPA) Kuleana Academy is seeking to level the playing field by empowering grassroots community leaders with the tools and skills they need to run for office. Kuleana...

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 34 No. 07 | July 2017

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Archive | Vol. 34 2017