From the frosty cinders of Puu Wekiu to the fringing reef of Molokai; from the summit bogs of Waialeale to the dry shrublands of Kanaloa; from the kuahiwi, kahawai, and moana; the kuleana to know and protect the pae aina is what this group is for.
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  • I would like to get into Hawaiian Agriculture. Is there any such thing and can anyone tell me how to go to school for it and where. I live in Waimanalo. Pls mahalos
  • How dare you Kaohi send me a email to participate in a fraud.  I rather die as a Kanaka Maoli for independence than side for a defacto that dictates for our Kanaka Maoli race.  This is sickening because you accept for our people to have genocide upon us just for a lousy blood quantum trip on so call DHHL.  You rather see a Ha Ole come into our lives and kick our asses to the curb while he make money off of our land money and assets.  What the f#ck is that, that man is hewa and get that through your fr!cken thick scull cause 100's of our Kanaka's had died for a reason (to be free as men and woman.  Ask your kupuna kaohi and see if they think and feel the same way as you do.  At least they have a heart and pity for all of the Kanaka Maoli people, YOU on the other hand worried about the Land that DHHL have gave.  What about your race?  What about the po'e Kanaka Maoli?  What about the KEIKI of the po'e Kanaka Maoli?  Hewa, AI KANAKA, my father taught me this is when you fight for the land or ocean with hewa, then the land or ocean going eat you up especially when you only think for your self and not the next Kanaka.  A'ale HEWA, I pray that E'O come and judge cause this is becoming to fricken much and I cannot see one wahine of the kanaka maoli race poison the minds just for her own gain.  SHAME ON YOU KAOHI.
  •, watch this and see where America is taking there people.
  • I cannot wait for my trial, I just got two more tickets and counting. I trying to get more then our Minister of Foreign Affairs...LOL  To beat him I need more then 29  citations and $28,000 bail when I get thrown in jail for exercising my rights to travel...

    Ambercrombie, remember World war 1 when Germany was trying to take the world over? When we go to the Worlds Court, I hope your ready to face your punishment.  Be a man and stay alive because Hitler took his own life because the Human Rights Violations he committed with the Jew's and to other countries he tried to conquer.  World Power and the New World Order won't last for ever and I hope you don't believe that because your being lied to.  Judgement day is right around the corner and I'll be there watching the anti christ along with each and everyone of you  that supported the New World Order judge by our father in heaven (Jehovah and Jesus Christ of Nazareth).  Know your place in this world and change while you still have the time to change cause the creator is on the move.......    

  • looking foreward to sharing mana'o aloha
  • It is our kuleana to protect & preserve our land & waters from America & their non-caring military whom continues to disrespect us with their blatant disregard & distruction of OUR HOME LAND&WATERS.
  • Aloha mai e 'Ohu,

    As a native plant propagator for DLNR, Division of Forestry, I am in complete agreement w/ you on your mana'o about native forests and the threat of Strawberry Guava. My concern is the unknown variables of introducing this biological control in Hawaii. Mainly that it doesn't adapt and attack any of our native species. We have witnessed the affects of other biological control measures that have had devastating impacts (i.e. Mongoose). Introducing a foreign insect may have unknown consequences that may create a new problem to deal w/.

    A major problem w/ Strawberry Guava is it's ease of spreading. Pigs love to eat the fruit, in turn spreading the seeds where ever they go. Controlling pigs by hunting and fencing has been successful in protecting native forests from invasive species. For me, its all about making sure we are not addressing one problem by introducing a potential new problem.

    On Kauai, we have exclosures that keep animals out (pig/goat/deer/wild cattle) allowing native plant species to regenerate. Granted we must do weed control but once native plants take hold they can dominate an exclosure. Our greater problem is the blackberry infesting these exclosures as it is spread by birds.

    I have seen fenced in native forests on the slopes of Kilauea (Moku o Keawe) with no invasives species that I could see. It is the animals that impact native habitat and invasive species are the first to take over because of their greater reproductivity, making it impossible for slower growing native species to regenerate.

    Just my mana'o. I prefer to err on the side of caution. Once something is "introduced" into our native forests, it is almost impossible to reverse. Conservation is complex and there are no easy answers. Do the pros outweigh the cons and have we looked at all the potential impacts?
  • letter to commanding officers.doc
    Aloha everyone,

    I am sending this email to ask that you consider signing on to this letter of concern addressed to the commanding officers of the armed services in Hawaii. We need support from individuals, ohanas, organizations, and neighborhood boards to get our message across to help curb off-roading activities at Ka'ena.

    Attached you will find the draft of a letter that we'd like to send off with as many signatures of support as possible. Along with the commanding officers, I plan to submit the letter to local senators and representatives, as well as members of congress.

    Please email me at if you are willing to sign on as an individual/group. Or call if you have additional questions or concerns 808-753-4221.

    Please feel free to forward this email to anyone else you think may be interested in signing on to the letter.

    Below you can find more information on why this letter is necessary:

    As you may already know,the off-roading/mud-bogging problem at Ka'ena, O'ahu needs to be curtailed. Every week, and especially after the rain, off-road enthusiasts enter the area to challenge their modified vehicles.

    We as cultural practitioners are concerned because this already sensitive eco-system, cultural resource and wahi pana continues to be damaged. It has been devastating to watch the lone sandy bay at Ka'ena become another one of the off-roaders mudpits, to see them driving up on the giant pohaku, or ripping apart vegetation on the sand dunes with their giant tires. Every time I go in there it seems they have made a new road to nowhere.

    So I've decided enough is enough. We've been complaining about this issue for over 10 years now and so far there has been no success in curbing this destructive and insensitive behavior.

    Because off-duty military personnel make up a large percentage of the off-roading population at Ka'ena, I have drafted a letter with the help of other concerned cultural practitioners in an effort to stop any further desecration of the area by off-road vehicles.

    I realize that the military personnel are not the only abusers, but if we are able to curtail their destruction, we can continue working to educate local off-road enthusiasts, and eventually stop off-roading at Ka'ena.

    I appreciate your support!

    Aloha Aina.
    Malama Pono.

    Summer Nemeth
  • King of the Mountain? - a pretty good Mauna Kea Article
    Posted March 18th, 2009 in Hawaii Island by Alan McNarie
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Throw net fishing not Hawaiian?

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A love affair with common plants

Wandering and weeding along forest trails of Koke'e this summer, I've found myself ever more deeply loving the very common native plants that make up so much of a healthy Hawaiian forest. Shiny purple 'uku'uki berries sparkle in the sun, their spear-like foliage green as ever, in spite of a dry summer. The light green naupaka kuahiwi, their keiki coming up abundantly every where we've weeded, the 'a'ali'i seedings, the orange-fruiting pilo- these are the sturdy maka‘ainana of the forest. Our…

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No End to the Banana - Lyon Arboretum

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Auwe ka miona moli e! Sudden loss of the albatross colony at Kuaokalā!

A very worrisome complete loss of the moli colony in the mountains above Kaʻena Point seems to point to premeditated human genocide of kupuna manu. Who would do such a thing? The very birds that provided for kahili and were part of the symbol of the Makahiki (because of their return during the season of Lono) have disappeared from their only colony on Oʻahu, without a trace. Their slow return to the west end of Oʻahu was a positive sign for Hawaiians, and their disappearence is a very troubling…

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