As a tumultuous year closes, an emerging story of hope can be found in these communities, across generations of common people, and citizens who seek to develop a konohiki mindset and step into their kuleana (responsibility) to mālama (care for) our places…
(Koʻolau-Kona, Kauaʻi) ~ E Alu Pū s a movement of community projects, families, groups, and organizations involved in stewardship of bio-cultural resources mai uka a i kai (from upland to the ocean). Each summer these kua‘āina (grassroots) communities come together for an annual gathering. They support, teach and mentor each other, share lessons learned, work side-by-side, and nurture a productive space for growth and strengthened relationships. In July 2017, members of E Alu Pū gathered on Kauaʻi for the 14th Annual E Alu Pū Gathering.
(Pa‘ia, Wailuku, Maui) ~ In June 2017, loea limu (limu gatherers), haumana (students), researchers and passionate individuals who actively work to restore knowledge, practice, and abundance of native Hawaiian limu across Hawai‘i came together in Pa‘ia, Maui for the 4th Annual Limu Hui Gathering.
Participants in this year’s gathering, Kanoelani Steward & Kim Kanoeʻulalani Morishige reflect on lessons learned, stories shared and their time spent with kūpuna (elders) during the four-day event.
(Kulapae, Waiākea, Hilo, Hawaiʻi) ~ In April 2017, over 100 kiaʻi loko and supporters gathered in Keaukaha and Waiākea, Hawaiʻi for the 2017 Annual Gathering. They participated in various workshops and restoration projects hosted by Honokea Loko, with support from Hale o Lono, and Waiāhole fishponds. They also took part in a reactivation ceremony at Lālākea fishpond in Waipiʻo Valley on the Hāmākua Coast.
Aloha. My name is Jesse Yonover and I co-founded Huli with Austin Kino. Austin and I grew up surfing, diving, fishing, paddling, and sailing in Maunalua Bay. We started Huli as a way to give back to the youth in our community. We felt that the bay was such a special part of the natural environment of the region and it was important to get the local students more involved with the stewardship of this resource, especially in an educational setting.
For our 2016 year-end fundraiser, KUA hosted an ALL-ʻĀina WORLD Dance Party in support of this grassroots MOVEMENT.
Our goal was to raise $10,000 and get 100 people dancing in celebration of ʻaina momona — abundant lands and waters!
Thanks to all of YOU, we doubled down on our previous fundraising effort in 2014 and WOW LAULAU, we actually reached it!!!
Aloha KUA friends, ‘ohana and supporters, Since 2011, KUA has worked to gather communities across Hawai‘i who seek to learn from and empower each other to mālama Hawai‘i from the grassroots. In that time, the networks we facilitate—E Alu Pū, Hui Mālama Loko I‘a and the Limu Hui—have grown, built capacity, influenced the public conscience, […]
Huilua Fishpond Workday @ E Alu Pū Global Gathering By Molly Noelani Mamaril & Monica Montgomery (SEPTEMBER 2016) ~ On the morning of August 30th, 150 volunteers from around the world joined hands on the windward side of O‘ahu for the passing of pohaku (rocks) at Huilua Fishpond in the Ahupua‘a ‘O Kahana. Volunteers represented over thirty […]
By Molly Noelani Mamaril UH-Mānoa Natural Resources and Environmental Management (NREM) Alumnus & Assistant Project Manager, Pono Pacific September 2016 (Honolulu, HI, USA) – University of Hawaiʻi students can and are influencing global decision-making on issues of conservation. The recently concluded IUCN World Conservation Congress, held from September 1-10 in Honolulu, closed with International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) members […]
By Billy Kinney Waipā Foundation (Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, USA) This global E Alu Pū gathering started with the greeting of the many familiar faces, then from across the courtyard we received simultaneous requests to be welcomed by unfamiliar ones. Though unacquainted with the faces, the sounds and modulation of those sounds were all too familiar. The […]