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The “Value” of Land

Ka Wai Ola
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My mother was raised by her grandparents in Kaʻūpūlehu north of Kailua-Kona. Her grandfather was a fisherman and they lived on the beach in a simple house that he built himself.

It is our kuleana to vote. Vote by mail and automatic voter registration will help

Ka Wai Ola
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According to the State Office of Elections, as of December 30, 2019, there are 767,278 registered voters. Nearly 80,000 voters have an outdated or non-deliverable address. According to the new Vote by Mail Law, a ballot packet shall not be mailed to “any voter...

‘A‘ole to Redlining Hawaiian Families

Photo: Robin Puanani Danner
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Redlining is the deliberate act of denying access to financial services and capital to certain neighborhoods. It is best known when banks manifest bias about communities of color, by not making capital available at the same terms as other communities. And the result of...

The Awakening of Honokahua: Part II

Ka Wai Ola
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Read this article in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi In 1988 Edward Kanahele wrote a letter to the editor bringing attention to the dire situation at Honokahua and media coverage swelled placing Honokahua at the forefront of the thoughts and conscience of many throughout Hawai‘i. Dana Nāone Hall...

News Briefs | March 2020

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Merrie Monarch Festival 2020 Cancelled Safety and Health of Hālau, ʻOhana and Community are Top Priority In light of safety and health concerns and after serious consideration, the organizers and sponsors of the 2020 Merrie Monarch Festival announced today that the event will not be...

Ka Ho‘omoana ‘Ana

Ka Wai Ola
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Read this article in English I Keaukaha i hele ai ka papa kaiapuni me ke kupuna ‘o ‘Elikapeka Kauahipaula no ka mea ua hānai ‘ia ‘o ia ma laila. Ma hope aku ua hele lākou i Leleiwi no ka mea ‘o ia kāhi i noho...

OHA Board Actions: March 2020

Ka Wai Ola
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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 https://www.oha.org/BOT. Trustee John Waihe‘e IV moves to support the following new legislative...

OHA Suing the State – Enough is Enough!

Ka Wai Ola
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Until recently, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs operated seven limited liability corporations (LLCs) that claimed to be private organizations not subject to state laws such as the Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA). In other words, OHA's LLCs asserted that they were under no obligation...

E pili lōkahi mau a mau. United, together, forever! E hana me ka ‘oia‘i‘o. Let us work with sincerity!

Ka Wai Ola
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Question: A “Blue Ribbon Commission” made into a state law? A State House committee passed this resolution even when hundreds of beneficiaries testified against it. This led me to think about how our ancestors, our kūpuna would handle this… E alu like mai kākou! Teamwork...

Brandt Mini-Symposium on Ancestors, Stars and Temples

Ka Wai Ola
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By Dr. Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa The Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and the Gladys Kamakakūokalani Brandt Chair of Comparative Polynesian Studies presents a mini-symposium March 15-28 with noted scholars from Aotearoa, Hawai‘i, Tahiti and Tonga entitled “Atua: Polynesian Ancestors, Stars and Temples.” When we look at ancestral...