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Protect and cultivate an important resource: limu kala•Malia Heimuli

It is this kuleana which drove advocates to push for the recognition of limu kala as the Hawaii state limu. We believe doing so will spread more awareness of limu as an important resource to be cultivated and protected. We urge Gov. Green to enact this bill into law to ensure this feature of our food systems and cultural practices is continually cared for.

Enough With The Deferred Maintenance: Time To Reinvest In Environmental Infrastructure

The wisdom of Hawaii communities and families can lead, as they know best the places they call home intimately. A culture that supports and promotes co-stewardship and community-based management is at the core of KUA’s work.  Uncle Mac Poepoe of Mo’omomi, Molokaʻi, one of our founding kupuna, was ahead of his time when in 2002—two decades ago—he expressed the view that communities around Hawai’i could benefit from learning directly from one another how to better mālama ‘āina. And they have. They also learned they need to build their capacity and support the capacity of responsible, accountable, resourced partners and relationships. 

Respect, learn from indigenous knowledge•Op-ed opposing SB92 by Mac Poepoe

Will we — the community, and those who govern — have the wisdom to embrace stewardship practices that have served us for generations?
I am shocked to see that Senate Bill 92 has been introduced this session to put an expiration date on traditional practices of the kind reflected in our CBSFAs. For the sake of those who will come after us, I trust it is the bill that will expire quickly.

Ke Aloha Nui Uncle John Lind

Uncle John Lind of Kīpahulu ʻOhana passed on earlier today. The family loses a husband, brother, father, uncle and grandfather. Kīpahulu and East Maui lost an elder lawaiʻa and mahiʻai, an icon among taro farmers and quiet leader who with his ohana perpetuated a way of life amidst great change in Kīpahulu. Uncle John was respected in the tradition of konohiki for his community. He pointed the way forward.