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Updates and happenings from KUA and communities around Hawai'i. Something to share? Email us at info@kuahawaii.org

All ʻĀina World Dance Party

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!!!

Uncle Jerry Kaluhiwa, Na Koa Limu

Long before the Limu Hui was formed and long before many of us were even aware of the need to protect our limu beds, Jerry Leroy Mahilani Kaluhiwa predicted the decline of limu in Kaneʻohe Bay, Oahu. Unlike most people who just sit and complain about the need for somebody to do something, Uncle Jerry stepped up to do something about it.

A Message in the Coming Year…

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, […]

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 […]

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Helping Indigenous Leaders Find Solidarity at Global Gathering

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 […]

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Eldean Kukahiko, Na Koa Limu

I first met Eldean Kukahiko when KUAʻs office moved from the Box Jelly in Kakaʻako to the KEY Project in Kahaluʻu. Other than “hi – bye” kind of small talk, he and I never had a long engaging conversation. Then just a few weeks before this past June’s annual Limu Gathering on Lanaʻi, his son […]

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.