KWO - November 2018 | Vol. 35, No. 11

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Mālama ‘āina |

caring for the land

n a t i v e hawa i i a n » n ews | fea t u r es | e v e n t s

Local funders support capacity-building and long-term sustainability in ‘āina-based community efforts Submitted by Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo


atural and cultural resources have invisible human webs all around them,” says Chris Cramer, founder and president of the Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center, a local non-profit that stewards Känewai and Kalauha‘iha‘i fishponds in East O‘ahu. “Collective gatherings provide the GPS to navigate human pathways towards caring for our resources." One of 40 participants from 25 ‘äina-based organizations across the state who gathered last month for a three-day workshop on administrative capacity-building, Cramer is familiar with one of the questions that has brought these community members

together: How can we susor rural areas where tain the work for the next much of traditional generation? cultural knowledge In addition to hands-on remains.” stewardship work, grassThrough small roots communities across breakout groups, Hawai‘i work hard to build plenary sessions and up, sustain and manage Q&A with professionorganizational foundations als from OHA, KS, in their efforts to care for the Castle FoundaHawai‘i and her natural tion and the Hawai‘i resources. Alliance of NonThe Ka‘a i ka Lawa The Ka‘a i ka Lawa workshop brought participants from 25 ‘āina-based profit Organizations workshop, which opened organizations together. - Photo: Courtesy Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo (HANO), participants on September 21 at Camp were able to exchange Mokulë‘ia in Waiälua, O‘ahu, “Our work could not progress ideas, share experiences, ask queswas organized by local non-profit without the collaborative spirit and tions and seek out information on a Kua‘äina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA) and support of forward-looking organi- range of topics including volunteer sponsored through the Office of zations like OHA, KS and the Castle coordination, insurance and liability Hawaiian (OHA) ‘Ahahui Grant Foundation,” said Kevin Chang, and funding strategies. Program, with some additional Executive Director of KUA. “These The capacity-building workshop funding from Kamehameha Schools funders believe in empowering the was intended to provide the space (KS). roots of our community, the kïpuka, and time community members

needed to discuss administrative aspects of their ‘äina-based work and to collectively think about how it can be applied to resource management in Hawai‘i. Through these types of networked gatherings, community members are also able to empower each other, share challenges and lessons learned, and seek pathways to overcome systemic barriers together. “We believe it is in the kïpuka, when nurtured, that the seeds to heal our island’s lands and waters and improve our quality of life will best germinate,” says Kevin Chang of KUA. The Ka‘a I Ka Lawa workshop brought together three intergenerational networks of families, practitioners and organizations actively engaged in malama ‘äina (the reciprocal practice of caring for and using natural resources), loko i‘a (fishpond) and limu (native Hawaiian seaweed) restoration efforts across the state: E Alu Pü, Hui Mälama Loko I‘a, and the Limu Hui. ¢


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