From Lāhui to Rāhui: Community stewardship across Polynesia

In April of this year KUA was invited to participate in a week long workshop in Papeete Tahiti, supported by the European Union and facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific and the Tahitian Ministry of Fisheries.  The workshop was entitled: “Sharing our lessons from participatory management of reef fisheries in Polynesia – Partager nos expériences de […]

An Instrument of Aloha: Remembering Ernie Cruz Jr.

By Kevin Chang ~ Ernie Cruz Jr. is a friend of mine known mostly for his memorable voice and the era of Hawaiian music he helped start and contributed to along the way. As a musician and friend I am also a fan of his. I am lucky to know him. But Ernie was more than his music. He was just only getting started. I want people to know this. Ernie was just coming into his own.

Special Gathering of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Organizations in Antigua, Guatemala

There is a Hawaiian proverb that says: “(t)he land is the chief; man is its servant.” [1] It is often cited among Native Hawaiian and grassroots community stewardship networks my organization is privileged to serve. Feeling it might resonate with new friends, I used it in my talk at an inaugural gathering of Indigenous peoples and local community International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Members in Antigua, Guatemala. The thoughtful reflections in the room affirmed for me that my home – an isolated community over 2,000 miles of ocean away from others – is connected to a larger global family. We can build bridges.

A KAHEA (CALL OUT) FROM THE FAMILIES OF KAʻŪPŪLEHU ON THEIR PROPOSED MARINE RESERVE & PUBLIC HEARING 2-11-16

MESSAGE FROM AUNTY HANNAH SPRINGER: “The families of Kuki`o and Ka`upulehu, have resisted movement away from our `aina aloha, the region of North Kona, called Kekaha and further described as wai`ole (without water). A forever independent lot, we have been goat herders and ranchers, truck drivers and educators, always fishing our home waters and tending […]

Seaweed Greetings and a Happy New Year

SEAWEED GREETINGS! Aloha nui in this season for rest, reflection and rejuvenation. This time is important for building strong communities and families. We are honored to be able to do what we do, to work with you and appreciate all you have done for a vision of abundance and strong communities across Hawai’i nei. We […]

PARKing Day September 18, 2015

Join the Trust for Public Land Hawaiian Islands Program (TPL), KUA and friends this Friday, September 18, 2015 for Worldwide PARK(ing) Day when thousands of public parking spaces worldwide will temporarily transform into public spaces, including nine “parks” in Downtown Honolulu and Kakaʻako. We will be with KUA staff at the PARK(ing) space in front […]

DOCARE: Why we need to restore Hawaii’s ability to enforce the laws that protect our precious natural resources

  DOCARE stands for the Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement its mission is to: effectively upholds the laws that serve to protect, conserve and manage Hawaiʻi’s unique and limited natural, cultural and historic resources held in public trust for current and future generations of visitors and the people of Hawai’i nei. More info can […]