Hau’oli Makahiki Hou: Welcome KUA BOD Member Pam Fuji’i

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 three years ago when Uncle Henry Chang Wo invited them to help us with our limu growing operation at Anuenue Fisheries Research Center. Up until that introduction Ewa Limu Project was a two man organization. From that day on we became a four person organization with Pam and Dennis providing invaluable support in all events that Uncle Henry and I were involved with. Through this process and Henry’s support of the Hāʻena Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area effort we also learned that Pam was a member of the Lota ʻohana, one of the original Hāʻena families. Dennis, Pam and Henry flew up to Kauaʻi on their own to support the effort.

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Aunty Pam with Uncle Henry at the Hana Limu Festival 2014

Through their support in Hāʻena and the ʻEwa Limu Project they also became intimately involved in supporting KUA’s Limu Hui, E Alu Pū and Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa networks purely as volunteers with a passion for community based mālama ʻāina efforts. Pam and Dennis are a force of nature and aloha.

Pam is such a nurturing and caring person that Uncle and I would tease her by calling her mom. She treats everybody as if she were their mom. Pam always has a positive attitude and is always fun to be with. Never a dull moment with Aunty Pam. She can be goofy at times but she can also be serious when the situation calls for it. When Uncle Henry was passing away late this year Pam was at his bedside holding his hand. As Uncle removed his oxygen tubes and closed his eyes the room became filled with a deep and sad whaling as family members pleaded with him to awaken. Aunty Pam, with much aplomb took control of the situation. She calmly urged that a call be made to Hospice and other assistance. It was not until the room had calmed and Henry taken care of that she allowed her own tears to flow.

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Dennis and Pam Fuji’i

It is because of her passion, compassion, energy and strong work ethic that Pam was nominated to serve as a member of KUA Board of Directors. Lucky for KUA, she accepted that nomination and the Board unanimously accepted her. There is no doubt that she will put her heart and soul into fulfilling her duties as a board member. We welcome her with open arms into our KUA ʻohana.

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14 thoughts on “Hau’oli Makahiki Hou: Welcome KUA BOD Member Pam Fuji’i

  1. Congratulations, Aunty Pam! I am so happy for you, and I know you will continue to touch people’s lives for the better, as you did with mine. You are amazing, and KUA is lucky to have you!

  2. What a wonderful tribute to a truly remarkable woman who many know as Aunty Pam: mentor, co-worker, and friend. All the best to you Aunty Pam on your role as board member for all the good that will come from your efforts there! You enlarge our hearts for the work of restoration! Congratulations and Mahalo!

  3. Congratulations Aunty Pam Fujii! You are an inspiration to your Ohana. Thank you for being a part of this amazing organization in perpetuating community-based natural resources management in Hawaiʻi. Uncle Henry would be so proud of you. Mahalo nui for all that you do and continue to do in preserving Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources for future generations.

  4. Congratulations, Aunty Pam! I am so happy for you, and I know that you will continue to change lives for the better, as you did with mine. You are amazing, and KUA is lucky to have you!

  5. I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished. The article about your appointment says it all and why you will be an asset to the organization. How fortunate that you have Dennis by your side. Your father is smiling down on you. He too is proud. Love you, Mom

  6. Congratulation Aunty Pam! KUA is lucky to have you and I know that you will continue to inspire and educate in this new position.

  7. Congratulations to my wonderful and caring niece, Pamela. I am so proud of you and know how hard you have worked to achieve this special honor. We can’t forget Dennis and all of his special support for you and this organization. Good luck, and love you. Aunty Nobey and Uncle Bill.

  8. Congratulations Auntie Pam! Neil and I enjoyed chaperoning the limu gatherings with Uncle Henry and all the keiki. We became students as well as we learned so much about limu and how to help keep the good limu, to re- populate, and remove the invasive species from our ocean. Mahalo to Dennis for all his hard work as well. Lots of good memories and mahalo for including us in these events. Love you, Trudie

  9. Congratulations Pam! Ditto what Diane said. You are such a loving, caring, passionate person that itʻs no surprise that they unanimously approved your appointment to the board.

  10. Congratulations, Pam!!! You’ll be a great asset to the KUA Board! I’m so proud of you, and that is a wonderful article on you and Dennis! I’m glad to have seen Dennis’ picture; you two are a cute couple! Love, Diane

  11. Congratulations Pam! Ditto what Diane said. You are such a loving, caring, passionate person that itʻs no surprise that they unanimously approved your appointment to the board. Much love, Norine. P.S. I cried when I read the part about Uncle Henry.

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