KUA partners with researchers and practitioners for fishpond sensor workshop

Last month, fishpond practitioners from the Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa Network gathered in Punaluʻu, Oʻahu with researchers and students from UH-Mānoa for a tide gauge workshop that blended culture, environment and technology in the interest of loko iʻa across the paeʻāina. The three-day workshop organized by KUA in partnership with UH-Mānoa associate professor of oceanography […]

Hoʻokua: Hale o Lono

In 2014, ten years after Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa formed as a consortium of fishponds throughout our islands, KUA facilitated the largest-ever gathering of the hui. During the group’s discussions on Maui, practitioners voiced an idea and desire to focus on active restoration through collaborative workdays and mobile volunteering at various fishponds. In 2015 and […]

KUA’s New Home in Koʻolaupoko

  Mahalo nui to our PIPES intern Evy for contributing to our summer blog posts! And mahalo to Kaipo Kukahiko, KEY Project’s Executive Director, for his input and assistance. Aloha mai kākou! KUA has moved into its new location on the beautiful east side of Oʻahu in Kahaluʻu of Koʻolaupoko. KUA is now located in the Kahaluʻu multi-purpose […]

KUA welcomes a new member to the team

School is out, waves are up (at least on Oʻahu)…welcome to summer! Weʻre excited to have an intern join our team for 10 weeks, so if you ever stop by the office, make sure you say hi to Evy! She graciously agreed to introduce herself over the blog 😉 My name is Evelyn Braum and […]


In celebration of Makahiki and all things abundant in our lands, waters and communities, we invite you to participate in our first major social media campaign! The work to restore abundance by the kūpuna, uncles, aunties, mākua, and youth of E Alu Pū, Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa and the Limu Hui is an ʻauamo (burden, […]

Pu’uhonua for streams and loko i’a

If you have visited Halulu Fishpond (Kaua’i) in the past two years, you may have seen what looks like islands of plants within the water. These islands are actually floating rafts covered with native vegetation, and they were part of a project designed to suck up excess nutrients to prevent runoff into the ocean. Through […]

Successful Water Quality Training for Kia‘i Loko

On September 15 and 16, a water quality training workshop was offered for Hui Mālama Loko I‘a. The workshop was jointly organized by KUA (with support from Pacific Aquaculture & Coastal Resources Center and University of Hawaii Sea Grant College Program) and Alu Like, Inc. KUA has been facilitating the Hui since 2013, and Alu Like, Inc. is […]

Loea Limu

In anticipation of the upcoming limu gathering that KUA is planning with guidance from Uncle Wally Ito and Uncle Henry Chang-Wo, we celebrate the loea limu (elders or masters of limu) within our communities! The full PDF of this article in Ka Wai Ola can be found here: http://www.oha.org/ka-wai-ola/iulai-2014

Retirement congratulations to Aku Hauanio!!

The KUA and E Alu Pū ‘ohana sends our aloha and congratulations to Aku Hauanio for his well-deserved retirement after 29 years with the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. His sister, Gladys Brigham, wrote this article in OHA’s Ka Wai Ola, featuring a tribute to Aku from the National Park Service. We wish Aku many wonderful […]