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“To Thine Own Self Be True”… A series of Future Strong

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Each of us, whether we realize it or not, has a self-image. We see ourselves in some way – smart, slow, kindly, well-intentioned, lazy, misunderstood, meticulous, or shrewd. We all can pick adjectives that describe ourselves. This is the “I” behind the face in...

OHA Sues State and the University of Hawai‘i – Mauna Kea Deserves Better

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Mauna Kea is a deeply sacred place. It’s regarded as a shrine for worship, as home to nā akua, and as the piko of Hawaiʻi Island. It is truly one of Hawaiʻi’s most special places. Yet for nearly 50 years, the state has treated the...

Native Hawaiian Congressional Fellowship celebrates graduation of first cohort; announces second round

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Native Hawaiians are significantly impacted by federal policy and its implementation - yet many of these policy decisions are made thousands of miles from our shores, often by policymakers with little knowledge of the Native Hawaiian community. The Kamehameha Schools and Office of Hawaiian Affairs...

‘KEAHUALAKA’ film to premiere in December

Ka Wai Ola
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Members of the Board of Ka ʻImi Naʻauao o Hawaiʻi Nei Institute enthusiastically announce two showings to launch the Hawaiian culture organization’s important new film documentary, “Keahualaka,” on Kauaʻi, where this ancient place of significance exists as part of the Kēʻē heiau complex. The...

Season of gratitude, recipes to nourish your kino and mauli

Photo: Pumpkin Soup and Imu chicken
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Infusing the spirit of the Makahiki season into today’s festivities starts and ends with the concept of gratitude. Kānaka have a saying that perfectly embodies the power of healthy food and their abiding focus on appreciation: “Hala no ia lā o ka pōloli,” which...

Iwi kūpuna returning home from Germany after more than a century

Photo: Hawaiian delegation with German museum officials
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Human remains stolen from burial caves in Hawaiʻi and taken to Germany more than a century ago have finally returned home. A group of Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, which included OHA Chief Executive Officer Kamanaʻopono Crabbe, went to Germany to retrieve the four iwi kūpuna...

All in a day’s co-work

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New KouWork space in Kaka‘ako offers a headquarters for independents There's talk that around 70 percent of the workforce will be independent contractors, or location independent, by the year 2020. Right now if you're among the freelance workforce in Honolulu, you probably toil away in...

Culture Keeper: Kuʻulei Keakealani of Kaʻūpūlehu

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Kuʻulei Keakealani is a Hawaiian speaker and storyteller from the Kaʻūpūlehu ahupuaʻa, as well Ka Pilina Poina ʻOle Director, incorporating homeland connections, moʻolelo, Kekaha ahupuaʻa and mauka-makai education. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs supports the stewardship of the Kaʻūpūlehu dryland lama forest through a...

OHA sues state for Mauna Kea mismanagement

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“...We have in many ways failed the mountain... we have not done right by a very special place.” -Gov. David Ige, May 26, 2015 The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) filed a lawsuit Nov. 7 in First Circuit Court against the State of Hawaiʻi and the University...

Strengthening the Foundation of our Hale

Ka Wai Ola
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Aloha mai kākou, The year’s end is always a good time to pause and reflect on the things we did well, along with the things we want to do better in the year to come. I’m proud to report that even in a year beset...