Protecting our organizations. Protecting our Volunteers.

by Kinohi Pizarro, Lohe Pono Fellow Safety- the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk or injury. You’ve all heard it said before and some of you have experienced working in places that have been a great example of the infamous line “safety first!” It couldnʻt be more true and it […]

The Invisible Magic of Miwa. A Hui Hou & Mahalo!

In this time of transition marked by the equinox, Piko o Wākea – Ke Alaʻula a Kāne, we reflect on the ending of one season and the beginning of another. It seems only fitting that we also share with you some news about transitions within our own KUA ʻohana. After a lot of thought, pule and conversation, and over a decade in leadership at KUA, our beloved Miwa Tamanaha has decided to step down from her position as Co-Director at the end of this month.

A message from our new Lohe Pono Fellow

My name is Kinohi Pizarro and I was born and raised in Waimanalo on the island of Oʻahu. I consider myself a lifelong learner, a mother, a kiaʻi loko, a mentor, and a friend.  Each of these abilities require one to be a great listener.  So when the opportunity at KUA came up to be […]

We have seasons. Our work is sacred. We persist.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR CO-DIRECTOR | Aloha friends, ‘ohana and supporters… I’ve been reflecting on the enduring cycles and rhythms that, despite our separateness, we continue to share in together. That we are pulled by the same moon, warmed by the same sun, receive the same changing of seasons, overseen by the same fundamental energetics–Lono, Kanaloa, Kū, Kāne… They persist. As do we.

Reflections from Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa Gathering 2020

(Heʻeia, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu) ~ Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa is a growing consortium of fishpond practitioners and stewardship organizations from across Hawai’i. In February 2020, over 170 indigenous scientists, kia’i loko and grassroots aquaculture practitioners from arounf the Pacific gathered in the ahupua‘a (traditional land division) of He’eia, O’ahu for the 2020 Hui Mālama Loko I’a Annual […]

KUA signs Climate Strong Islands Declaration: A call to action to create more sustainable and resilient island communities

KUA is a founding signatory to the Climate Strong Islands Declaration released on February 26, 2020 in Guam and at the Second Climate Strong Islands Dialogue in San Juan, Puerto Rico with other U.S. islands and supporting partners. This declaration is a call to action that supports island leadership on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and local climate resilience solutions.

Reflections from Limu Hui Gathering 2019

(Hā‘ena, Halele‘a, Kaua‘i) ~ The Limu Hui was created in 2014 at the request of kūpuna (elders) who gather and care for native Hawaiian limu (seaweed) around the islands. Hosted by ‘Ewa Limu Project the focus of this initiative was to “gather the gatherers” and identify loea limu (limu experts) in our communities who still retain knowledge […]

Equator Prize winners from Hāʻena & Moʻomomi at UN awards ceremony in NYC

(Kahaluʻu, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi) ~ As Moʻomomi awaits Governor Ige’s release of its Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Areas (CBSFA) proposal for public hearings and input, an initiative years in the making, representatives of that effort are in New York City to accept global recognition for their work.  The two Hawaiian community groups who shared the $10,000 Equator prize awarded earlier this year by the UN Development Programme and its partners will be well-represented at the awards ceremony on September 24.

E Alu Pū Gathering 2019: Intergenerational knowledge sharing and solidarity

In May of 2019, over 100 kiaʻi loko (fishpond caretakers) and supporters gathered at the Waialua Church Pavilion on Molokaʻi for the 2019 Annual Gathering. Hosted by Uncle Leimana Naki of Kahina Pohaku in Moanui, they shared knowledge, discussed, restored, built, and continued to set intentions for their mission: to empower a network of kiaʻi loko whose kuleana is to reactivate, restore, and cultivate loko iʻa guided by loko iʻa culture in pursuit of ʻāina momona for ʻohana and communities.

The rise of fishpond restoration a sign of hope in difficult times

In May of 2019, over 100 kiaʻi loko (fishpond caretakers) and supporters gathered at the Waialua Church Pavilion on Molokaʻi for the 2019 Annual Gathering. Hosted by Uncle Leimana Naki of Kahina Pohaku in Moanui, they shared knowledge, discussed, restored, built, and continued to set intentions for their mission: to empower a network of kiaʻi loko whose kuleana is to reactivate, restore, and cultivate loko iʻa guided by loko iʻa culture in pursuit of ʻāina momona for ʻohana and communities.