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Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa Gathering 2017: Kaiāulu Hanakahi

(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.

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 […]

Huli The Movement: A KUA supported project in Maunalua

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.

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 […]

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 […]