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Puanani Burgess

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Mana Moment In November 2017, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs published Mana Lāhui Kānaka, a multidimensional study of mana: what it is, how to articulate it, and how to access and cultivate it in order to uplift our lāhui. The book shared mana‘o from community...

Coming together and collaborating for a shared goals

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Aloha mai kākou, It’s refreshing to see a sustained run of good news stories about the Native Hawaiian community and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. It began in December, when a hui of Native Hawaiian entities, including OHA, pulled together to get behind the Aikau family...

Archives bring lively lens to Hawaiian Kingdom history

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“The importance of these documents to our current conversation around sovereignty is really amazing.” —Darnell Depaoli , Waimānalo resident Under the reign of Kauikeaouli, Kamehameha III, the Hawaiian Kingdom became an influential player on world stage alongside major European powers of the same era. This much...

OHA’s 2019 legislative package

Every year, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, in its advocacy for Native Hawaiians, provides a package of legislative measures to the Hawai‘i State Legislature. OHA’s 2019 legislative package includes five measures covering a range of issue areas particularly relevant to the Native Hawaiian community. Two...

Ka‘ūpūlehu Dryland Forest restores native ecosystems

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Protect, preserve and perpetuate Running through dryland forests as a child, Yvonne Yarber Carter never imagined the native plants growing in the Wai‘anae mountains would become endangered. Today Carter lives on Hawai‘i Island, where she has been working at Ka‘ūpūlehu Dryland Forest since 2002, first as...