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Paul Simon’s special Maui concerts to support biodiversity conservation and ʻāina momona.

“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls and whispered in the sounds of silence.” – Paul Simon, Sound of Silence Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA) is deeply honored by legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon’s recent announcement of his intention to donate net proceeds from his upcoming special concerts at the […]

Building a fishpond, a hale, and a community

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.

Kumu Palani Sinenci Talks Building Community by Building Hale PBS May 21, 7pm on Long Story Short with Leslie Wilcox

Kumu Francis Palani Sinenci from Hana, Maui is a master builder who passes on the art of hale building and stone-work to a new generation of apprentices. They in turn have become alaka`i –leaders— of the practices themselves. Under his tutelage students have gone out and worked with communities on various hale and heiau restoration […]

Kaʻa I Ka Lawa, to be enough.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Kim Moa Communications Coordinator, Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo 808-672-2545 kim@kuahawaii.org Local funders support capacity-building and long-term sustainability in ʻāina-based community efforts. HONOLULU, HI (September 24, 2018) ~ “Natural and cultural resources have invisible human webs all around them,” says Chris Cramer, Founder and President of the Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center, a […]

E Alu Pū Gathering 2017: Right to Mālama

(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.

Reflections from Limu Hui Gathering 2017

(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.

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 […]