Pu’uhonua for streams and loko i’a

If you have visited Halulu Fishpond (Kaua’i) in the past two years, you may have seen what looks like islands of plants within the water. These islands are actually floating rafts covered with native vegetation, and they were part of a project designed to suck up excess nutrients to prevent runoff into the ocean. Through […]


We constantly find inspiration in the persistence and tenacity of the many leaders in our communities. Tenacity: the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly. Synonyms of this word include determination, perseverance, doggedness, strength of purpose, resoluteness, patience, steadfastness, endurance, stubbornness, tirelessness. It isn’t fair to say that our community leaders never get tired because they […]

10/3 Hāʻena Hearing Summary from Shae Kamakaʻala

  “Shae Kamaka’ala is a young attorney from Kahana, Koʻolauloa, Oʻahu who works with her community and organizations like Hoʻāla ʻĀina Kūpono and the lawaiʻa of her commuity through the Kahana Kilo Kai program to advance co-management and cultural and indigenous justice initiatives in Hawaiʻi. Shae is currently a Marine Legal Fellow at The Nature […]

Loea Limu

In anticipation of the upcoming limu gathering that KUA is planning with guidance from Uncle Wally Ito and Uncle Henry Chang-Wo, we celebrate the loea limu (elders or masters of limu) within our communities! The full PDF of this article in Ka Wai Ola can be found here: http://www.oha.org/ka-wai-ola/iulai-2014

Retirement congratulations to Aku Hauanio!!

The KUA and E Alu Pū ‘ohana sends our aloha and congratulations to Aku Hauanio for his well-deserved retirement after 29 years with the Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. His sister, Gladys Brigham, wrote this article in OHA’s Ka Wai Ola, featuring a tribute to Aku from the National Park Service. We wish Aku many wonderful […]

Potential forward movement for fishpond revitalization

On Friday, June 27, the State of Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL) is reporting to the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) on the State Programmatic General Permit and Programmatic Agreement for fishpond revitalization. The OCCL staff report on the Conservation District Use Application […]

Hāʻena Community based Subsistence Fishing Area Rules Granted a Public Hearing.

An impressive 48+ individuals and organizations submitted written testimony to support the BLNR’s appointment of a hearing on the Hāʻena Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area Rules (CBSFA Rules) and to have them heard on the north shore of Kauaʻi. To impress upon the BLNR further Presley Wann, President of the Hui Makaʻāinana o Makana (of […]

Historic Hawai‘i Foundation honors the Hā‘ena State Park Lo‘i Kalo Restoration!

The Historic Hawai‘i Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary and this year, the work at Hā‘ena was chosen for one of their Preservation Honor Awards! These awards are Hawai‘i’s highest recognition of preservation projects that perpetuate, rehabilitate, restore or interpret the state’s architectural, archaeological and cultural heritage. The Foundation recognized the successful collaborative work that […]