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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.

Special Gathering of Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Organizations in Antigua, Guatemala

There is a Hawaiian proverb that says: “(t)he land is the chief; man is its servant.” [1] It is often cited among Native Hawaiian and grassroots community stewardship networks my organization is privileged to serve. Feeling it might resonate with new friends, I used it in my talk at an inaugural gathering of Indigenous peoples and local community International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Members in Antigua, Guatemala. The thoughtful reflections in the room affirmed for me that my home – an isolated community over 2,000 miles of ocean away from others – is connected to a larger global family. We can build bridges.

Uncle Allen Kaiaokamalie

Uncle Allen Kaiaokamalie spent alot of time at Keomoku, Maunalei Ahupua’a where he had his “limu farm” as he called it. It turned out to be an appropriate name for that place because he became very successful at growing ogo in open ocean cages. Early attempts to grow limu in this manner ended with frustration. […]