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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.

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.

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 […]

Two Grassroots Hawaiʻi Hui Share Global Equator Prize

(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.

Loko Iʻa Gathering 2019: 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.