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My family hunts pig with dogs and knife on a large tract of undeveloped land ma uka from our home.

Our Lāhui Deserves Pono Leadership

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Whenever June rolls around, my thoughts turn to Kamehameha ʻEkahi – the parades, lei draping ceremonies and other celebrations.

Building a Sustainable Future on Kauaʻi

Photo: Farmers Market Boxes
The Office of Hawaiians Affairs is one of several entities supporting the work of community nonprofit ʻĀina Hoʻokupu o Kīlauea

Ka Moʻolelo o Kamehameha I

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Looking back at Hawaiian politics over six centuries, unrest existed within the ruling families such that there was a need to unify, to conquer, to acquire power, and to divide/make strong.

Mākeke | The Marketplace | June 2023

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Mākeke | The Marketplace | June 2023 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

Native Hawaiian Forest Birds Fight For Survival

Without intervention Kauaʻi’s highly endangered ʻAkikiki and Akekeʻe face extinction.

About Hawaiian Place Names

Photo: Diamond Head
Hawaiian place names are given with much thought to incorporate landscape features, observations of weather and natural phenomena, and stories both legendary and contemporary.

Keahualaka at Kēʻē (English)

Photo: Map of Keahualaka
I took my hula students to Keʻē, Kauaʻi, in March to perform drum dances in Keahualaka, a well-known location for hula instruction

Kauaʻi Hawaiian Homestead Beneficiary Projects

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A summary of Kauaʻi projects developed by the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA), Homestead Beneficiary Associations (HBAs) and the Homestead Community Development Corporation (HCDC).

From the 60th Merrie Monarch Festival to a Royal Coronation

Photo: Trustee Akaka and her daughter along with trustees Trask, Lindsey, Souza and Alapa
This past April marked the momentous 60th anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Festival.

Wailua Community Says “No” to Another Hotel

It’s been 30 years since hurricane ʻIniki slammed into the island of Kauaʻi, razing and flattening much of the island.

46th Annual ʻŌʻō Awards Honorees

As we continue to rise from the chaos of the pandemic, we take stock of all of the ways we protect, nurture and preserve waiwai, richness.

News Briefs | June 2023

Photo: OHA Trustees with Maui Kupa
News Briefs | June 2023 Issue of Ka Wai Ola

OHA Advocacy Recap of the 32nd Legislature Part 1

2023 Legislative Session
Aloha mai kākou. OHA was founded, in significant part, with the kuleana (responsibility) to ever-seek the betterment of conditions of Native Hawaiians.

Helping a Grandmother Rebuild Her ʻOhana

Photo: Tūtū Jackery and the twins with Liliuʻokalani Trust’s Yuki Lei Tanak
Reuniting kamaliʻi with their birth parents or a family member from foster care can be long and arduous.

Moananuiākea: Connected by the Ocean

The Alaska Federation of Natives recently welcomed Hōkūleʻa at Auke Bay on the traditional lands of Aak’w Kwáan in Juneau, Alaska, for her upcoming voyage, “Moananuiākea: A Voyage for Earth.

Faces of the Diaspora Series: An Unlikely Path to Missouri

Photo: Dawn-Erleen Fontanilla with her dog, Chica
Dawn-Erleen Fontanilla has experienced a lot in her 78 years of life: love and loss, community and solitude, the islands and the continent.

Protecting Loʻi Paʻakai in Hanapēpē

The mokupuni of Kauaʻi holds many beautiful treasures preserved by the hardworking Kānaka on the island and the renowned loʻi paʻakai of Hanapēpē, Kauaʻi, is just one shining example of what can happen when Kānaka come together to perpetuate traditional cultural practices.