Erin Zanre & Kawika Winter share about their visit to Yap

We were fortunate to have participated in a socio-economic monitoring training which was held in Yap, Federated States of Micronesia, through generous support from the Micronesia Conservation Trust and the Pacific Islands Managed and Protected Areas Community (PIMPAC) program. Despite the yawn-inspiring title of the workshop, this training was an inspiring exchange of knowledge and […]

E Alu Pū Member Receives National Wetland Community Leader Award

KUA Board Vice President and E Alu Pū member, Makaʻala Kaʻaumoana of the Hanalei Watershed Hui is a 2015 National Wetlands Award “Wetland Community Leader” recipient and will be recognized in Washington, DC on May 21st. Read the official Environmental Law Institute Press Release below. Congratulations Aunty Makaʻala! Environmental Law Institute Recognizes Seven National Wetlands […]

Hāʻena: Why we need to implement the first-ever CBSFA, by Eric Co

Eric Co is the Senior Program Officer of Marine Conservation for the Harold K.L Castle Foundation. Eric has over 15 years professional experience working in the fields of marine science and conservation in Hawai‘i, the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, and Australia. His Master’s thesis was a study on the integration of Traditional Hawaiian marine management […]


We constantly find inspiration in the persistence and tenacity of the many leaders in our communities. Tenacity: the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly. Synonyms of this word include determination, perseverance, doggedness, strength of purpose, resoluteness, patience, steadfastness, endurance, stubbornness, tirelessness. It isn’t fair to say that our community leaders never get tired because they […]

10/3 Hāʻena Hearing Summary from Shae Kamakaʻala

  “Shae Kamaka’ala is a young attorney from Kahana, Koʻolauloa, Oʻahu who works with her community and organizations like Hoʻāla ʻĀina Kūpono and the lawaiʻa of her commuity through the Kahana Kilo Kai program to advance co-management and cultural and indigenous justice initiatives in Hawaiʻi. Shae is currently a Marine Legal Fellow at The Nature […]