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Wahi Kūpuna Stewardship Share Series


Like the one from whom he received what he learned.

Said of a child who behaves like those who reared him


The saying, ku i ka māna, highlights the transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next and serves as a reminder of the many imparted lessons that have, and continue to feed us. Just as the way young keiki are fed by the mouths of those who raise them, we too are fed and nourished by the ʻike of beloved kūpuna, kumu, ʻohana, and all others who have reared us into the individuals we are today. Ku i ka māna!

The Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Collective, in partnership with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, hosted a  virtual presentation series via Zoom. The series featured panels of multi-generational speakers that shared stories of experiences that have been passed down and ground them to beloved wahi kūpuna. As carriers of knowledge unique to their experiences, panelists shared about the teachings that guide and shape their stewardship practices to wahi kūpuna, and how wahi kūpuna stewardship can become re-envisioned as they ensure that ʻike is transferred to the next generation.

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2020 Community Empowerment Workshops

In collaboration with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Huliauapaʻa conducted two virtual community empowerment workshop series:


Centered around engaging and empowering those with kuleana to mālama i nā iwi kupuna.


Focused on building capacity in caring for kuleana and ʻohana heir property lands.


These workshop series stemmed from the priority focus areas identified by the Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Collective, in which Huliauapaʻa currently serves as the backbone organization. 


“The care and protection of iwi kūpuna and kulāiwi are integral components to the health and wellbeing of our Lāhui. In alignment with our new Strategic Plan, Mana i Mauli Ola 2020-2035,” said OHA Land, Culture & History Research Manager Pūlama Lima. “OHA has collaborated with Huliauapaʻa in an effort to strengthen and increase community capacity and literacy in wahi kūpuna stewardship practices.”


Kuʻu Ēwe, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Iwi, Kuʻu Koko

Kuʻu Ēwe, Kuʻu Piko, Kuʻu Iwi, Kuʻu Koko was a six-part workshop series that ran from May to December 2020. These workshops were aimed to build community capacity and equip and empower participants in developing proficiencies in a variety of foundational topic areas related to caring for iwi kūpuna. Over 200 community members participated with 830 total participation hours. Practitioners and topic area experts graciously shared their ‘ike and experiences in the following areas:

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Reaffirming the Importance of Caring for Iwi Kūpuna



Kanaka Research

Conducting Map Research and Connecting Moʻokūʻauhau to ʻĀina

Navigating State

Process for Protecting

Iwi Kūpuna

Navigating Federal Process for Protecting

Iwi Kūpuna


Repatriation Efforts

Kai Markell

Kekuewa Kikiloi and

Kepoʻo Keliʻipaʻakaua

Pūlama Lima and

Donovan Preza

Malia Akutagawa

Stanton Enomoto and

Lisa Oshiro Suganuma

Halealoha Ayau and

Noelle Kahanu

A number of new and informative resources were developed as part of this workshop series. These resources are housed on the Huliauapaʻa website and include:


ʻĀpana ʻOhana

ʻĀpana ʻOhana was a five-part series that ran from September to November 2020. The purpose of these workshops was to educate and empower Hawaiian and local long-time ʻohana struggling to mālama their kuleana and ʻohana heir lands. Speakers shared their expertise and led discussions on important topic areas such as:

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The Importance of

ʻĀina Research

Property Tax

Foundations of

Access, Easements, and Right of Entry

Quiet Titles and

Adverse Possession

Estate and Trust


Pūlama Lima and

Donovan Preza

Leanora Kaiaokamaile,

Mike Hubbard and Mason Chock

Peter Morimoto and

Shae Kamakaʻala

Lance Collins and 

Bianka Isaki

Nicholas Mirkay and

Kelley Uyeoka

Over 194 people/ʻohana participated in this workshop series with 388 total participation hours. As part of this workshop series, a number of new and innovative resources were developed by Huliauapaʻa. These resources are housed on the Kīpuka Kuleana website and include:

Overall, feedback from workshop participants concluded that the majority felt that each of the workshops were useful, educational, and valuable to their ‘ohana and communities. Participants agreed that they gained new knowledge applicable to their individual and ‘ohana needs, and planned to apply what they learned in the workshops. The majority also noted that they were very interested in participating in future workshops.


We appreciate and mahalo our funders, guest speakers and participants for their time and dedication. It was an honor to build pilina with each other and reaffirm the importance to mālama iwi kūpuna and kuleana and ʻohana heir property lands. The support given, insights shared, and conversations that have arisen from each of these workshops has helped to contextualize important themes in these topic areas, equipping us with the ‘ike and tools to better navigate these situations as they apply uniquely in our own lives and kuleana.


He Huewai Ukuhi ʻIke Webinar Series

“He Huewai Ukuhi ‘Ike: A Gourd for Gathering and Distributing Knowledge” was a workshop series created specifically for Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA) and KC members. Four workshops took 48 participants from 23 different community organizations on a digital huaka’i across the islands and several digital databases. Initially, participants were to gather in-person for three days of learning foundational research techniques to better understand the history of the wahi kūpuna they steward. Their introduction into wahi kūpuna research was to begin with ethnohistoric resources, ethnographic interviewing, and huaka’i to visit physical repositories. However, due to the pandemic, the resulting online workshops naturally relied heavily upon online digital repositories of ‘ike Hawaiʻi. These community workshops introduced, and as importantly contextualized, online ‘ike Hawaiʻi, while teaching and referencing source data, archives, Māhele records, and maps. 


This virtual workshop series was created to provide interactive engagement and training for various groups and organizations engaged in Wahi Kūpuna Stewardship. Through this series of workshops, participants learned vital introductory techniques to conduct different aspects of place-based research including:

Ethnohistorical Research 

Map Research

Māhele Research

Community Ethnography

A unique takeaway from this series was that it took learning and access to online digital repositories beyond the university and into the community, and contextualized the available digital resources within the greater lineage of Hawaiian history.

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All [workshops] were extremely useful to our org, because the research process is not one thing, but a variety and they all interweave and connect to one another

Workshop participant


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The huewai is a gourd used specifically for the purpose of gathering wai so that it may be redistributed for uses like drinking. In the process of gathering ʻike, our huewai are the tools that we use to gather, organize, and redistribute this ʻike.

Kua’āina Ulu ‘Auamo



2020 Historic Preservation Webinar Series

In anticipation of the Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Report, the Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Collective hosted two webinars that relate to the report's focus areas. The first webinar was on Navigating Historic Preservation Laws and Hawaiʻi's State Historic Preservation Office with Dr. Susan Lebo and Andrew McCallister. The second webinar was on Historic Preservation in the 2020 State Legislature with Keola Lindsey, Kamakana Ferreira, and Lauren Morawski from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Watch these videos to learn more about Section 106, HRS 6E, the Hawaiian State Historic Preservation Office and Historic Preservation in our state. Mahalo to our partners at SHPD and OHA for taking time to present this important information to our Collective!

Historic Preservation Laws Overview & Hawaiʻi's SHPD
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