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Learn more about the decades-long history between Hawai’i and Palestine and explore resources and curriculum for teachers on Waihona.

The U.S. Air Force wants to build 6 new telescopes on Haleakalā. Submit comments now to amosstareis.com.

Protect and perpetuate Lahaina, by empowering the Lahaina community to live, engage, and prosper, restoring and caring for its ʻāina and ea. Visit lahainacommunitylandtrust.org.

Public lands in Punalu‘u, Ka‘ū are set for development by various entities aiming to construct 225 residential and short-stay units, a commercial center, retail shops, and even a golf course. Sign the petition now!

I Ola Wailuanui has submitted applications to the Board of Land and Natural Resources requesting annual leases of three parcels located within the Wailua Kai area. Read more information here!

Learn about our Lā‘au Hawai‘i on Waihona

Learning resources to support the Mālama Hāloa Kalo Festival & Symposium which is to educate our lāhui about different Hawaiian kalo varieties and how to care for them.

Supporting Alapaki Nahale-a’s appointment to the UH Regents is supporting the Hawai‘i State Constitution, the new UH Strategic Plan, and the efforts of the university to truly become a Native Hawaiian place of learning that can propel all of Hawai‘i forward. What do you think? Let your Hawai‘i State Senator know.

After humiliating hearing, embattled UH Regents chair fights for 2nd term.

Water commission needs Hawaiian cultural practitioner and water expert

Please consider engaging in the section 106 process to protect Maunakea

ILWU Local 142, UNITE HERE! Local 5, and Lahaina Strong come together for dignified housing for Lahaina residents NOW.

Local 5, which represents 10,000 hotel, health care, and food service workers in Hawai‘i, and ILWU Local 142, which represents 16,000 longshoremen and workers in the service industries, are calling on the State and Maui County to take action to control rapidly increasing Maui residential rental rates by regulating short-term rentals, and vigorously enforcing the rules. This is necessary to control rent increases and ensure adequate residential housing for local people.

Join bioremediation experts Hiromichi Nago & Kouri Nago from EM Hawaii and learn about methods that have worked worldwide and in Hawaiʻi to clean up toxic chemicals and other pollutants.
Watch a collection of community-led sessions that will ground us in cultural education, connection to ʻāina, and opportunities for us to strengthen our connection with our naʻau and each other. Keynote speakers from Maui share with us messages of resilience and how we can hoʻomau, not just for Lahaina, but for Hawaiʻi nui.
Tune in on 11/7 at 1PM for the DLNR Land Board Hearing on the TMT

Lahaina’s wildfire was the deadliest in the U.S. in more than a century. Now the community is grappling with the botched response as it tries to rebuild. Read the comprehensive story from the New Yorker.

People power over corporate power. Lahaina will need water for housing. Water for agriculture and firebreaks. Water for basic needs. Water to restore stream flows. Water to replenish aquifer systems. Water that can energize food and fishery systems.

Click here for a real-time visual of the rising rental prices of housing options on Maui.

Show your support to protect Maunakea by signing the petition to stop construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Maunakea. 

What has prevented deadly and devastating firestorms from happening in the past? Ka Malu ‘Ulu o Lele. Watch the full video story from Hawai‘i News Now.

Hundreds of West Maui residents met with county leaders to talk about rebuilding Lahaina. Many agree they don’t want the town to return to what it once was before the fire.

Support kula kaiapuni ‘ohana who have been affected by the tragic Lahaina fires. This spreadsheet is maintained and vetted by kaiapuni ‘ohana and includes venmo and GoFundMe information.

Submit written testimony, attend in person.

The last 21 minutes that were cut from the 9/19 CWRM livestream.

Kalo dominated the local landscape in the mid-1800s with 352 recorded loʻi in Kauaʻula Valley alone. But once water began being diverted for sugar production, taro farmers fought back in the 1895 court case Horner v. Kumuliʻiliʻi. In an unusual outcome for the time, the Hawaiʻi Supreme Court ruled against Pioneer Mill owner John Horner, and in favor of 60 Native Hawaiians from West Maui, who claimed rights to the water flowing in Kauaʻula Valley. But it would take another century for that court decision to be backed up with regulatory laws to enforce it. However, in the wake of the Lāhainā wildfires, these rights are being challenged once again.

Submit testimony for the Water Commission meeting here

At the county level, the Maui Emergency Management Agency was led by an administrator who had left the island despite National Weather Service warnings of a serious fire threat. At the state level, high turnover of staff weakened the agencies abilities. Communication between the state and county proved faulty. The Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency should have been monitoring the situation in the days before the fire from its EOC and the state could have stepped in, even without the county asking. But that would likely require the support of the Department of Defense, to which HIEMA reports, and the governor’s office.

It is too early to focus on rebuilding, but cultural advocates already see an opportunity to return to a Lahaina of the past.

More than two weeks after the wildfire, West Maui Land Company is diverting more than their share and have not restored stream flows to the Lahaina community.

What happened once Kihawahine leaves Hawaiʻi may be coincidental. But the Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown six years later. And by the 1900s, Mokuhinia Pond was all but dried up by sugar plantation skimming wells and stream diversions. By 1914, the sacred Mokuʻula Island was covered by a baseball field.

The claim that firefighting efforts have been hampered by legal rulings in water was challenged by state Supreme Court justices in a hearing Wednesday.

While Lāhainā, the island of Maui, and all of Hawaiʻi is still reeling from the devastating fires that swept through West Maui and Kula, the state is facilitating a water grab for the corporations that have long hoarded our precious freshwater resources. ⁠

When the wildfires trapped Shaun ‘Buge’ Saribay, he picked up a garden hose and promised his family: Don’t worry. Dad’s going to come home.

Water Commission Chairperson Dawn Chang’s unilateral decision to redeploy Deputy Director Kaleo Manuel has already prompted serious concerns from members of the Water Commission. The move also triggered a lawsuit by West Maui residents Kekai Keahi and Jen Kamahoʻi Mather.

It has been just over a week since wildfires gutted our community of Lahaina, and already the vulture capitalists are circling. It is so disgraceful to watch them trying to buy the land beneath our smoldering homes, and snatch up the precious water recently restored to our streams.

It has been just over a week since wildfires gutted our community of Lahaina, and already the vulture capitalists are circling. It is so disgraceful to watch them trying to buy the land beneath our smoldering homes, and snatch up the precious water recently restored to our streams.

Help keep Lāhainā families in Lāhainā. Support our frontline grassroots heroes mobilizing to mālama ʻohana affected by the wildfires on Maui by donating to this fund.

In the late eighteenth century, a British captain called Lahaina the “Venice of the Pacific.” In the nineteenth century, Lahaina was the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii; Moku‘ula, the home of Hawaiian royalty, was situated on a tiny island in the middle of a pond. But, when colonizers razed native forests to make room for sugarcane, pineapple, and cattle, the area dried out.

The blaze last Tuesday and Wednesday torched nearly 3,000 structures, officials said, and razed entire neighborhoods. It drove out residents who can trace their family history here back generations, and it immediately exacerbated an already dire housing crisis in one of America’s most expensive places.

As the death toll in the Lahaina wildfire climbs, more relief is starting to arrive to the destroyed city. The toll of the tragedy has been especially difficult for Native Hawaiians who have lost everything, and are concerned that they could be ‘priced out of paradise.’

A fast-moving wildfire that incinerated much of the compact coastal settlement last week has multiplied concerns that any homes rebuilt there will be targeted at affluent outsiders seeking a tropical haven. That would turbo-charge what is already one of Hawaii’s gravest and biggest challenges: the exodus and displacement of Native Hawaiian and local-born residents who can no longer afford to live in their homeland.

For people whose cultural traditions have been threatened by American colonization and the state’s embrace of tourism and development, government help was never expected. Instead, the community has relied on itself.

Maui Ola: A benefit concert for Maui brings together Hawaiʻi’s musicians, production professionals, media community, and dozens of others who are donating 100% of their efforts to aloha Maui, using music as a vehicle to help the healing process, rallying much needed aid from across Hawai‘i and around the world.

CNHA, Alaka‘ina Foundation Family of Companies, and Kāko‘o Haleakala are putting together a match campaign. For every dollar donated, a match of up to the partners will match up to $250,000.

The Maui Strong Disaster Relief was created by Hawai‘i Community Foundation to help kōkua in the Maui relief efforts.

Kamehameha Schools Maui Vigil

State and county policies aimed at increasing Hawaii’s housing stock can have the unintended consequence of pushing out lower-income residents.

On an archipelago with limited land and even scarcer water resources, we have to seriously consider the ways that the “build, build, build” narrative is hurting us. The endless line of real estate investors seeking to buy a “piece of paradise” means a larger housing inventory may not alleviate a shortage of housing for local or low-income communities.

Governor Green’s Emergency Housing Proclamation represents a bold opportunity for developers, for investors, bankers, contractors, and real estate investors moving here from the continent. Local residents desperately in need of affordable housing are last in line. There is language in the proclamation’s rules that states “The amount of affordable housing included in the project may affect the priority given to the project.” The use of the word “may” rather than “shall” says it all. If the primary purpose is to increase affordable housing for local residents, the word “SHALL” would be there in all caps.

Rlected officials applaud the governor’s ambitious effort to boost the island’s housing stock, though the scope of the proclamation and its possible negative consequences is making them uneasy.

Developers have minimal requirements and generous loopholes. On a project-by-project basis, housing units that start as affordable units can be converted to market-rates. This can occur in months or years. The Proclamation does not define “Hawaii resident.” To establish residency under HRS §78-1 a person must minimally believe or say, “I intend to make Hawaii my home” while he or she is in Hawai`i.

The governor keeps pointing to a truncated historic properties and environmental review process in his proclamation. But the lead housing officer can exempt certain projects from that truncated process.

These are very weak protections. They take away the rights of private working citizens like us to enforce protections of our cultural heritage.

Our iwi kupuna are not a cause of the shortage of safe and affordable housing in Maui or across Hawaii. It is developer greed and global demand for luxury forms of housing.

To be clear: this proclamation does not target or require affordable housing development. It does not reserve new units for those truly in need of housing relief. New units built under its wide-ranging legal exemptions could even be purchased by individuals who own multiple residential properties. And the “Hawaiʻi residents” it purportedly serves could be anyone from anywhere who wishes to move here.

While we all agree that addressing Hawaiʻi’s housing crisis is an urgent priority, is Governor Green’s Emergency Proclamation the way?

Explore Ea though music.

Explore Ea though music, videos, and podcasts you can share.

WATCH: Paʻa Ke Aupuni is a unique 60-minute hand-drawn, animated film that gets straight to the point. It zooms in on key facts explaining how the Hawaiian Kingdom came to be, how it evolved to stand firmly on the international world stage of sovereign nations, and how the United States came to claim Hawai‘i.

Check out these resources related to Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea

This final episode of Series 1 Ipo Wong (podcast host) and Pualei Kaohelaulii explore the importance of caring for elders.

In episode 4 of Ka Tuitui Malamalama, Ipo Wong (podcast host) and Pualei Kaohelaulii discuss grieving and celebrating.lifeʻs special moments.

Offscreen guest: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

No Ka Māhui: Bridging the gap between healthcare professionals and those who walk between two worlds, by Papa Ola Lōkahi.

In episode 3 of Tuitui Malamalama Ipo Wong (podcast host) and Pualei Kaohelaulii share what it means to be hanai.

Episode 2 continues with Uhane. Ipo Wong (podcast host) and Pualei Kaohelaulii celebrate Ke Akua.

Episode 1 begins with traditional Niihau himeni and pule to open the podcast. Ipo and Pualei share their childhood stories. Key words and phrases: uhane, wā keiki, etc.

Voting for O’ahu Neighborhood Board Elections Begins today! Got questions? Call the Neighborhood Board Commission at (808) 768-3710.

Looking for a career in tech, but not sure where to start? Nucamp and KS Kaiāulu are offering tuition-covered Web Developer training for adult learners. Deadline to apply: May 8, 2023.

With the recent eruptions on Moku o Keawe, we asked Dr. Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele to share some mana‘o with the lāhui about how we might connect to and reflect upon the activities on Maunaloa and Kīlauea. Her lifetime of contemplating and becoming one with these elements and energies created a flow of messages that blew us away. Her words continue to reverberate in our thoughts and settle deeply in our naʻau. Watch the full interview here.

No keiki should be sent to the back of the line to receive less support than others. Charter schools have had to seek additional funds to ensure their students are well supported. If charter schools were equitably funded by the State, they could fully focus on the high quality education they offer to the 12,000 students they serve each year. Submit testimony in support of charter schools.

No keiki should be sent to the back of the line to receive less support than others. Charter schools have had to seek additional funds to ensure their students are well supported. If charter schools were equitably funded by the State, they could fully focus on the high quality education they offer to the 12,000 students they serve each year. Submit testimony in support of charter schools.

See how Hawaii’s public charter schools are doing amazing things in spite of a lack of state funding.

When we mālama ʻāina and aloha ʻāina, we must always first huli ka lima i lalo, and it is now becoming clear that neighborhood boards are another tool in our aloha ʻāina arsenal. Interested? Sign up to become a candidate today. Registration runs from now until February 17, 2023.

Free resources to help folx on their Hawaiian language journey. E ‘ōlelo kākou!

February is Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language Month). Check out or submit events happening all month long!

The Navy & EPA negotiated a consent order without the consent of the Board of Water Supply or the affected communities on O‘ahu. For suggested talking points for written testimony, visit sierraclubhawaii.org. The deadline to submit written comments is February 6, 2023.

Learn more about makahiki season and what it means from the awesome folx at Ka‘iwakīloumoku.

WATCH: Paʻa Ke Aupuni is a unique 60-minute hand-drawn, animated film that gets straight to the point. It zooms in on key facts explaining how the Hawaiian Kingdom came to be, how it evolved to stand firmly on the international world stage of sovereign nations, and how the United States came to claim Hawai‘i.

Come join us at the Barn at Our Kaka’ako on Saturday, November 24th, 3-8pm. Bring a blank shirt to print on, join in on art and activities, listen to some great music and speeches, make and take things for your ‘ohana and friends.

After exhausting all measures towards a pono resolution with the County of Hawaiʻi, Waipiʻo Valley kūpuna, taro farmers, residents and lineal descendants of Waipiʻo for many generations plan to blockade the road to Waipiʻo on September 19, 2022 starting at 8 am to protest decisions that will negatively impact them and the place they love.

Join a community of over 500,000 aloha ‘āina aligned individuals.

Tune in to quality Hawaiian language and cultural content coming from our community.

A fun activity kit for ‘ohana and haumāna to explore.

Follow a raindrop through the water cycle in Hawaiʻi with this Pidgin-Hawaiian poem.

This page features links to our Kapūkaki youtube playlist, our Advocacy kit, and the Water Education Resources collection.

Read the Civil Beat article how a monitoring agreement signed in 2015 failed to prevent a catastrophe six years later.

Congressmen Kahele, Case, and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz have introduced legislation to discontinue, defuel, and decommission Red Hill.

Help raise awareness of the issue. Download, print, and put up 11×17 Red Hill posters.

If the Red Hill crisis crags on, Hawai‘i may not renew military base leases.

Hawai‘i State Senators urge the Navy to rescind its legal challenge to the Hawai‘i Department of Health’s Emergency Order

The fight to protect Kapūkaki, our water, and life on O‘ahu. See what’s happening and how you can help.

Get your ‘ōlelo on with other folx in the community!

The fight to protect Maunakea from the mismanagement of UH and the state, and the international interests of the TMT corporation continues. What’s happened so far?

On the American holiday that celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Navy chaplains in Hawai‘i repeatedly invoked his name and talked about “honoring his legacy.”

WATCH: The Subcommittee on Readiness Hearing on the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility — The Current Crisis, the Response, and the Way Forward

WATCH: Inspections, repairs, and maintenance did not prevent a leak in 2014. Operator error only exacerbated the problem of the corroding tanks and the outer concrete shell that the Navy admits is “impossible to maintain.”

WATCH: A 6-minute video. The security of O‘ahu’s collective future is at stake. What’s happening?

Progressive International: Statement on the crimes of the US Navy in Hawai’i

The Washington Post talked to families who were drinking the tainted tap water.

KITV reports on the testimony given by Dr. Norfleet on December 20, 2021 at a Department of Health hearing.

Civil Beat provides their summary of the 13-hour Department of Health hearing where Navy officials did their best to fend off criticism about their lack of action since 2015’s order to do something about the aging tanks.

A collective of women in Hawaiʻi who address local and international issues relating to demilitarization, peace, and non-violence.

Kaʻohewai—a coalition of Hawaiian organizations rising in defense of Kapūkaki, and dedicated to nurturing and sustaining the well-being of our water, land, and the life they support—is calling for the immediate removal of the 20 Kapūkaki Navy fuel tanks.

Built in haste during World War II, the facility has a history of leaking despite the Navy’s assurances that it is secure.

Marti Townsend, the Chapter Director of the Sierra Club of Hawai‘i from 2015 – 2021 shares and welcomes ideas on “what’s next” regarding O‘ahu’s water crisis.

Hawai‘i News Now’s coverage of the O‘ahu water crisis.

Erin Brockovich weighs in on the Red Hill Fuel Crisis as well as others like it around the U.S.

Download and print these fun DIY activities for mākua, tūtū, or kuaʻana to enjoy playing with keiki, Kindergarten to Grade 3. Assembly required!

Connect with a community of aloha ‘āina aligned folx.

Content from our up-and-coming generations, see and hear what’s important to them.