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Ka Wai Ola | Vol. 40 No. 5 | May 2023

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How do courts decide what words in ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i mean?

Mākeke | The Marketplace | May 2023

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

Hawaiian Civic Clubs on the Continent Hope for Revitalization

Photo: Hula dancers at the Piʻilani Hawaiian Civic Club of Colorado’s 2022 Hoʻolauleʻa
Hawaiian civic clubs popped up across the continent to serve the growing diaspora over the past few decades, but recently, membership has waned.

Maui Mayor Richard Bissen: He Kupa ʻĀina o Maui

Newly elected Maui Mayor Richard T. Bissen, Jr., is the kind of modern Hawaiian leader who is able to skillfully navigate both the Hawaiian and western worlds.

A Moʻolelo Becomes a Musical

What began as Ikaika Mendez’ senior project to complete his degree in music from UH Mānoa grew into an original musical theatre production that played to hundreds of people in three performances at Kamehameha Schools Maui (KSM).

Stewardship Instead of Ownership

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My mom was born and raised in a remote area of Kohala known as Waiʻāpuka ma uka of Pololū Valley. She was the second of 15 children and everyone helped to provide food for family, including working the loʻi kalo.

Jaboticaba: A Backyard Superfood

Photo: Fruit of the jaboticaba tree
Jaboticaba arrived to Hawaiʻi in the 1900s from South America. Many keiki grew up enjoying this grape-like fruit, plucking it from the tree trunk, popping it in the mouth, and sucking out the white jelly-like flesh before spitting out the seed.

DOI Announces $1 Million in Funding for Native Hawaiian Organizations

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The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Native Hawaiian Relations (ONHR) announced $1 million in funding for Native Hawaiian Organizations (NHO) through the HŌʻIHI (Heritage Opportunities in Hawaiʻi) Grant Program.

Opening Their Hearts to Keiki in Foster Care

When Michelle Omerod was in high school, she witnessed many of her friends and peers shuffle in and out of foster homes.

Lei Nāhonoapiʻilani i ka Hanohano

Photo: Maka, Karyn, Kona, Kaleialoha and Makana
Returning to Pono Resource Management in Maui Komohana Contributed by Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law

Building Homes and Hope in Maui County

Photo: Hale Kaiola in Kīhei
In 2021, Maui County made big strides in jumpstarting efforts to create affordable housing opportunities for local families – and those efforts continue today.