In 2002, Uncle Mac Poepoe of Mo’omomi shared an idea that communities around Hawai’i could benefit from learning directly from one another how to better mālama ‘āina. As a result, 45 people representing 13 communities gathered on Moloka’i in 2003. They confirmed the wisdom of Uncle Mac’s idea, and E Alu Pū was born. The overall vision of E Alu Pū is to nurture community kuleana—both the responsibility and the privilege—for the ‘āina where they live in order to ensure the vitality of resources for use by present and future generations.
In response to participating communities’ requests, KUA raises the funds necessary to bring the network together each year—at least once for a large, hands on gathering that involves youth and then throughout the year for smaller gatherings focused on specific topics of need and interest to the network.
To date, E Alu Pū has met at least annually since 2003, and reached hundreds of individuals of all ages.