KUA’s COVID-19 Response and Update

Aloha hoa aloha and ʻohana,
Life is changing quicky… As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues its reach across the world, we find ourselves in new territory. Like many of you, we are adapting to the current environment and making necessary adjustments to protect our staff, networks and community members…

KUA signs Climate Strong Islands Declaration: A call to action to create more sustainable and resilient island communities

KUA is a founding signatory to the Climate Strong Islands Declaration released on February 26, 2020 in Guam and at the Second Climate Strong Islands Dialogue in San Juan, Puerto Rico with other U.S. islands and supporting partners. This declaration is a call to action that supports island leadership on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and local climate resilience solutions.

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.

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.

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 […]

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!!!

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.