Kekai Robinson, Culture and Historical Advisor for the Makaala Project Waiehu
The Maka`ala Project Waiehu, working in conjunction with Waiehu Kou III, is in the process of drafting a community resilience plan as part of the Resilient Hawaiian Communities (RHC) Initiative. Funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) under the Service First Authority, the primary purpose is to assist our Waiehu community (one of two chosen in Hawaii) to develop resilience plans in partnership with Native Hawaiian, State, and Federal organizations. The RHC Initiative engages the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the DOI Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, National Park Service Pacific Islands Office, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law at U.H. Mānoa, Solutions Pacific, Hawaiian Island Land Trust, Hawaii State Department of Land and Natural Resources, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and most importantly community members, agencies, organizations, representatives and other interested partners to understand local challenges and needs pertaining to environmental change, adaptation, and resilience.
Maka'ala Project's second huaka'i journeyed to Kalepa Gulch, Kalepa Muliwai, Kope Gulch and through private agricultural land above Waiehu Kou III. Working together to build a community identity, Asserting Access Rights, Re-Establishing Community Presence and Fortifying our Relationships with our more-than-human community.
Maka'ala Project's third huaka'i journeyed to Waihe'e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge, Kope Gulch, Waihe'e Stream Muliwai and through the Waihe'e Community as we learned about the challenges, vulnerabilities and resources of our community. - - - --- MAKA`ALA PROJECT WAIEHU COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION Daniel Ornellas, Community Liaison Kanani Kan Hai PhD, Logistics Specialist Roy Oliveira, Outreach Coordinator Chana Makale`a Ane, Natural Resource Advisor Kekai Robinson, Culture and History Advisor MUSIC 'Na Hana Hui a Maui' Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu “Ulupalakua” Kuulei's Own PHOTOGRAPHY Kyra Glover Kaalekahi kyraglover.com VIDEO Matthew Nall / Maui Creative mauicreativephotography.com
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Scott Fisher, PhD of Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) gives us a tour of Waihee Coastal Dunes & Wetlands Refuge
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