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Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Kumu Hina: A Voice for Our People

Jacob Bryan Aki | Posted 09.01.2014 | Hawaii
Jacob Bryan Aki

Kumu Hina stands out not because she is a transgender woman, but because she is a woman who dedicates herself to improving the overall wellbeing of her people. She is an educator who has dedicated much of her career to perpetuating language, culture and traditions.

OHA CEO Forces Standoff Over Sovereignty

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

Recent public volleys certainly reinforce suspicions that speculated conflict has been growing in the organization over the embattled and flattering nation-building effort.

Silencing Native Voices: 200 Years After First Foreign Contact, Efforts to Control Native Lands Reignite

Trisha Kehaulani Watson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Hawaii
Trisha Kehaulani Watson

In a small island community like Hawai'i, where Native communities have protected valued ecosystems across the islands for countless generations, such lingering ignorance and arrogance is unforgivable.