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Mākeke: Marketplace | January 2018

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Classified ads only $12.50 - Type or clearly write your ad of no more than 175 characters (including spaces and punctuation) and mail, along with a check for $12.50, to: Ka Wai Ola Classifieds, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, 560 N. Nimitz Hwy., Suite 200,...

Understanding mana

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In December 2017, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs published Mana Lāhui Kānaka, a 300-page multidimensional study of mana: what it is, how to articulate and how to access and cultivate it in order to uplift our communities. Throughout the year, Ka Wai Ola will...

OHA Board Actions | January 2018

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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 and authorize the disbursement of $55,000 from the...

No ke aha ka Makahiki?

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At the end of my last installment on Makahiki, I mentioned that the Makahiki practice is essentially the reason that the U.S. Navy was forced to negotiate access rights to Kaho‘olawe with the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana (PKO). In 1977 the PKO sued the U.S....

Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou!

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As we ring in the New Year, I would like to touch on some of the significant milestones for the Native Hawaiian community that will be celebrated and/or remembered this year. Of the utmost significance is the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian...

My Vision as An OHA Trustee

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The start of a new year is a great time to dream. What are your dreams? What do you want for your life and for future generations? As an OHA Trustee, my vision is a Hawai‘i where Hawaiians and all people have the freedom...

Visiting the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

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In this month’s column, I continue writing about my visits with federally recognized tribes in Washington State, this time with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community of La Conner. The Swimomish have an enrollment of 982 members, with a reservation exceeding 7,000 acres. I was welcomed...

Loan helps towing company achieve next level

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Kailua native Matthew Barros began towing cars and trucks at 18, and after five years of working for other companies he decided to make it his career. Today he’s the owner of Empire Towing & Recovery LLC, a 24/7 towing and roadside service company serving...

OHA bill package highlights 2018 priorities

As the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Public Policy team prepares for the 2018 legislative session, key priorities include securing more funding for Native Hawaiian programs, helping Hawai‘i residents achieve greater financial security and expanding protections for our cultural and natural resources. OHA will be submitting...