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ʻOhana Support

We provide direct, tailored support to families

working to keep ancestral lands. 

We connect ʻohana with tools to keep their ancestral lands. See our Resources page for details. Below are examples of resource areas:

Hoʻoponopono: to help ʻohana come together in discussions about ʻāina

Genealogy research: to help ʻohana research their ancestry to qualify for tax exemptions, claim land, register iwi kūpuna  

Legal assistance: to address probate, title challenges, access issues, quiet title defense, partition action, etc.

Tax exemptions and payment plans: to work with the County of Kauaʻi tax office to reduce the financial burden of taxes


Conservation resources: to protect ʻāina using tools like the cultural conservation easement and models like descendent-led nonprofit organizations

Family land trust set-up: to keep land within the ʻohana for generations to come

Trust and estate planning: to set up wills and trusts (revocable, irrevocable, etc.)

Homeowner's financial assistance: to receive grant funds and loans through groups like Hawaiʻi Community Lending

Where families have lost lands, we help them to negotiate access and stewardship agreements so they can continue to care for ʻohana ʻāina. We work with ʻohana to craft respectful solutions tailored to particular ʻāina and circumstances, while also connecting area ʻohana to one another.  


Projects and Events

Inaugural ʻOhana Workshop (2016)

With support from Native Voices Rising, our founders brought together 20 community members at QLCC to discuss the protection of kuleana and ʻohana lands in 2016. The manaʻo from this workshop planted the seeds for the formal establishment of Kīpuka Kuleana from 2017-2018.  

Wawa's Legacy (2017)

We advised and supported an ʻohana that successfully protected their ancestral land through a conservation purchase in 2017.

ʻĀpana ʻOhana (2020)

We co-hosted an online workshop series with nonprofit Huliauapaʻa and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs that reached over 200 community members in 2020. This workshop provided resources for families and others seeking to protect kuleana and ʻohana heir properties.

ʻOhana ʻĀina Workshop (2023)

On January 21, 2023, we hosted an in-person workshop at Liliʻuokalani Trust for 65 community members that provided resources for protecting ancestral ʻāina.

ʻOhana ʻĀina Workshop (2024)

On February 10, we gathered again at Liliʻuokalani Trust for our annual ʻOhana ʻĀina Workshop. 65 community members, including 12 facilitators, shared manaʻo and resources for protecting family lands.

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