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.
There is a Hawaiian proverb that says: “(t)he land is the chief; man is its servant.”  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.
On Saturday, May 7, 2016 the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi is partnering with organic taro farmer, Anthony Deluze, the second “Lā Hana” (community workday) @ Kaʻonohi Farm (Oʻahu, Hawaii)
Aloha kākou! I serve as a council member for the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program and wanted to spread the word on their newest cost-share grant, “Cool Your School”. Many of you may have or know keiki attending a school that could benefit from a tree planting! The program also provides technical guidance to schools for […]
As Ancestral resources dwindle, the children of Kaʻūpūlehu remain steadfast in efforts to mālama (care for) ocean resources.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on Proposal to rest Ka’ūpūlehu’s Reef and Restore Abundance: What is being proposed? Who is behind Kaʻūpūlehu’s proposal?
MESSAGE FROM AUNTY HANNAH SPRINGER: “The families of Kuki`o and Ka`upulehu, have resisted movement away from our `aina aloha, the region of North Kona, called Kekaha and further described as wai`ole (without water). A forever independent lot, we have been goat herders and ranchers, truck drivers and educators, always fishing our home waters and tending […]
Aloha nui everyone. It is with great honor and pride that KUA welcomes Aunty Pam Fuji’i to our board this new year. We look forward to much impact, growth and inspiration with her leadership in the new year. On Aunty Pam Fujii By Wally Ito, KUA Limu Coordinator I met Pam and Dennis Fujii about […]
SEAWEED GREETINGS! Aloha nui in this season for rest, reflection and rejuvenation. This time is important for building strong communities and families. We are honored to be able to do what we do, to work with you and appreciate all you have done for a vision of abundance and strong communities across Hawai’i nei. We […]
A generous alumni grant from Audubon’s Toyota Together Green Fellowship program helped bring alumnus fellow Melanie Allen of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) together with KUA in a project to connect the communities in which they work and find potential opportunities to increase diverse, grassroots participation in the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress. Every four years, the […]