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.
As a tumultuous year closes, an emerging story of hope can be found in these communities, across generations of common people, and citizens who seek to develop a konohiki mindset and step into their kuleana (responsibility) to mālama (care for) our places…
(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.
(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.
(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.
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, […]
Huilua Fishpond Workday @ E Alu Pū Global Gathering By Molly Noelani Mamaril & Monica Montgomery (SEPTEMBER 2016) ~ On the morning of August 30th, 150 volunteers from around the world joined hands on the windward side of O‘ahu for the passing of pohaku (rocks) at Huilua Fishpond in the Ahupua‘a ‘O Kahana. Volunteers represented over thirty […]
By Billy Kinney Waipā Foundation (Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, USA) This global E Alu Pū gathering started with the greeting of the many familiar faces, then from across the courtyard we received simultaneous requests to be welcomed by unfamiliar ones. Though unacquainted with the faces, the sounds and modulation of those sounds were all too familiar. The […]
E Alu Pū Global Gathering
This is a kāhea (call) to our indigenous ʻohana (family) and place-based grassroots leaders from around the Pacific and the world.
As the Limu Hui prepares for their upcoming gathering in October, we reflect back to last year. Reminisce with us by clicking here!