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E Ola Nā Iwi Kūpuna

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Eō e nā ‘ōiwi o Hawai‘i, mai Kumukahi a i ka mole mai o Lehua, ka po‘e e aloha ‘āina me ka welo mai nā kūpuna kahiko, aloha mai kākou. E ola ka wai a Kāne! It is with great pleasure that I update the...

Reinventing OHA Part 3 – Revising The Strategic Plan

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This is my third column in which I offer some thought leadership as to OHA’s struggle to navigate an unfriendly sea of public opinion, a divided beneficiary community, and low ratings from Hawaii’s business community and local government. Some readers may take exception to...

Poke Nūhou: News Briefs | August 2017

Photo: Community members surveying ‘opihi in the field
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Manaola invited to NY Fashion Week Local fashion designer Manaola Yap is heading to Manhattan in September to debut a runway collection during New York Fashion Week. Manaola’s show will be the first time a Native Hawaiian designer presents authentic Hawaiian culture at the prestigious fashion...

E Hāʻawi E Hāʻawi Lilo: From Beneficiary to Benefactor

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When I was a student at the Kamehameha Schools, I learned a very important term that has become part of my identity. That term is beneficiary. Beneficiary is a word that puts me and my fellow students into a relationship with the benefactor and...

Protect iwi kūpuna: Sand mining in central Maui must stop!

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ʻAnoʻai kākou… On June 14-15, 2017, the Trustees held community and Board meetings on Maui. Several community members who attended the meetings shared their deep concerns about iwi kūpuna being disturbed by sand dune mining in central Maui. According the OHA’s administration, the sand dunes...

Action needed at Mauna Kea

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A version of the following commentary was originally printed in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on June 28, 2017. "We have in many ways failed the mountain." Over two years ago, when Gov. David Ige made this honest statement regarding Mauna Kea, many expected swift action. The governor...

An editorial written for August, 2067… 50 years into the future (Future Strong)

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The prophets of an “information economy” will have forgotten basic economics. When something becomes abundant, it also becomes cheap. A world awash in information will be a world in which information has very little market value. With social media sites being developed every day,...

ʻAlemanaka: Calendar | August 2017

Photo: Volunteers at Mālama Maunalua Bay
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MĀLAMA MAUNALUA SUMMER COMMUNITY HUKI EVENT August 12, 9 a.m. to noon Learn about restoring Hawaiʻi’s marine environment while helping to remove invasive algae from nearshore waters along Maunalua Bay. Hosts Mālama Maunalua and Pono Pacific encourage volunteer to bring water and wear sunscreen and clothes that can get wet. Water shoes, gloves and bags will be provided. Volunteers...

Leadership Kaua‘i

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“Who is leading who?” I asked the 10th graders at Waimea High School on Kauaʻi’s west side. “Are you leading yourself or allowing the reactions of others to guide you?” Some answered quickly, “I am leading myself.” Others smiled at me with curiosity, and...

A Native Hawaiian Focus on the Hawaiʻi Public School System

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A new report by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ (OHA) Research Department shares highlights on the Native Hawaiian student population in Hawaiʻi’s public school system. A Native Hawaiian Focus on the Hawai‘i Public School System provides critical data that clarifies Native Hawaiian student needs; leading...

New Law Relaxes Blood Quantum Requirements

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A new state law reducing the minimum Hawaiian blood quantum required to inherit a homestead lease couldn’t come sooner for some descendants of Molokaʻi’s earliest homesteaders. Under the current federal guidelines, homestead leases can only be transferred to family members who are at least one...

Historic bill signing on Molokaʻi

Photo: Colette Machado, Jobie Masagatani, and Stacy Helm Crivello
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In July, Governor David Y. Ige signed a bill, HB451 HD1 SD2 CD1, into law on Molokaʻi, becoming Act 080. This act would reduce the minimum Hawaiian blood quantum requirement of certain successors to lessees of Hawaiian home lands from one quarter to one...

OHA seeks community input for its Wahiawā lands master plan

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More than 40 individuals last month shared their manaʻo about how the Office of Hawaiian Affairs should move forward with managing its 511 acres of agricultural land in Wahiawā, which surrounds the culturally significant Kūkaniloko Birthing Stones. The meeting, held July 13 at Wahiawā District...

ʻAhahui grants support community events

GRANTEE SHOWCASE: | Hoʻonaʻauao: Education | Moʻomeheu: Culture | Hoʻokahua Waiwai: Economic Self-Sufficiency | Mauli Ola: Health | ʻĀina: Land & Water | ʻAhahui Grants Read The Cover Story: Granting Change Twice a year, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs awards grants to organizations holding community events...

Red flags raised over Maui sand dune mining

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Sand dune mining in central Maui is an issue of major concern, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees heard during their community meetings on Maui in June. During public testimony, several beneficiaries shared concerns that mining sand dunes in central Maui disturbs iwi...

Empowering people, strengthening communities

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Recently, OHA beneficiaries have expressed heightened interest in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ budget. Their calls for accountability have been heard and we want to take this opportunity to provide some illumination of our grant programs, which put money directly into Hawaiian communities. The vision...

Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 34 No. 08 | August 2017

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Archive | Vol. 34 2017