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RESOURCES
For ʻohana

Pathways of ʻĀina Protection

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Hoʻoponopono & Mediation

Bring ʻohana members together to share their connections to ʻāina and talk about pono decisions for protecting ʻāina 

Hoʻoponopono is a process that can help guide ʻohana through discussions to find pono, heal and articulate goals and vision for their ʻohana ʻāina.

Below is a list of hoʻoponopono practitioners on Kauaʻi who are willing to serve as a resource for ʻohana:

  • J. Kauʻilani Kahalekai - Lihue (808) 652-1012  

  • Gwen Cardijon - Kekaha (808) 651-4749

  • Momi Kaiakapu - Hanapepe (808) 651-3811

  • Carol Lovell - Anahola (808) 635-1125

  • Ginger Saiki - Hoʻola Lahui (808) 651-3205

Mediation is another option for bringing ʻohana together with a trained facilitator to resolve conflict or disagreements related to ʻāina.  Two resources for mediation services are:

Kauai Economic Opportunity (KEO), Inc. 

  • Website: https://keoinc.org/services/mediation

  • Phone: (808) 245-4077, extension 234

  • Email: mediation@keoinc.org

  • Location: 2804 Wehe Road, Lihue, 96766

  • Offer mediation and group facilitation sessions that can last up to three hours and are usually held on ʻohana ʻāina, a neutral location or at KEO

  • Cost of session is on a sliding scale, based on income 

Dispute Prevention and Resolution Inc.

  • Website: https://dprhawaii.com/

  • Phone: (808) 523-1234

  • Location: 1003 Bishop St. Pauahi Tower Suite 1155. Honolulu, HI 96813

Estate & Trust  Planning

Plan for long-term protection of and care for ʻohana ʻāina across generations using legal tools

Trust and estate planning is one pathway for keeping land in the family. You can learn more about options for wills, trusts and other tools in the Hawaii Estate Planning Resources handout and online.

Family Land Trust Model

For lands owned by multiple family members, formation of a family land trust may be a proactive option for keeping land in the family for generations to come. A family land trust can be flexible and tailored to each ʻohana's unique needs. For more information, see our Family Land Trust handout. Legal service providers that can help 'ohana set up a family land trust include:

Below is a non-comprehensive list of attorneys specializing in estate and trust planning who can help your ʻohana determine which legal tools are best for your goals.

Kauai Estate Law LLLC  |  Cynthia Hannah-White and Katherine A. Caswell Resources for Navigating Quiet Title or Partition Action, Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration and Related Matters (e.g., asset protection planning, long-term care planning, international tax and estate planning, business succession planning, etc.)

4334 Rice Street, Suite 203, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Phone: (808) 245-9991
Email: info@kauaiestatelaw.com
Website: http://www.kauaiestatelaw.com

Dawn N. Murata LLLC  
Trust Administration and Probate, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Contract Review and Preparation, Business Formation and Transactions
2970 Kele Street, Suite 205, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Phone: (808) 245-4572
Website: https://kauailawesq.com

JM Law LLLC  |  Michael D. Scarbo
Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate Matters, Foreclosure and Bankruptcy, Business Consulting
4442 Hardy Street, Suite 201, Lihue, Hawaii 96766
Phone: (808) 246-8884
Email: alison@jmlawhawaii.com
Website: https://jmlawhawaii.com

Sterling & Tucker, LLP  |  Kanani M. Makaimoku
Estate Planning
Honolulu, Maui and Hilo offices but also serve Kauaʻi ʻohana

Phone: (808) 531-5391 Ext: 339
Website: https://www.sterlingandtucker.com/contact-us/

Law Office of Keoni Souza, LLC  |   Keoni Souza
Family Estate Planning, Planning for Children, Special Needs Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Estate Tax Protection Planning
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm, by appointment only.

Services are provided exclusively online.
1188 Bishop Street, Suite 2706, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 725-3456
Email: team@keonisouzalaw.com
Website: https://www.keonisouzalaw.com

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii (VLSH) - www.vlsh.org

Providing free legal services to those whose household incomes are at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level for the State of Hawaii.

 

Call Intake 528-7046 to qualify for services.

Divorce, Child Custody/Visitation, Child Support, Guardianship of a Minor, Adoptions, Adult Guardianship, Veterans Disability Benefits, Private Landlord/Tenant, Collections, Small Claims, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Estate Planning: Power of Attorney, Advanced Health Care Directive & Wills

545 Queen Street, Suite 100. Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Intake by phone: Call (808) 528-7046, Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm

Intake in person: Monday to Thursday, 9am - 12pm

General office number: (808) 528-7050

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Conservation Tools

Blend Western conservation tools with Hawaiian values to protect and care for ʻohana ʻāina with community kākoʻo. 

Some examples of conservation strategies that ʻohana can use to protect and mālama ʻāina include:

  • Partnering with a land trust or ʻāina organization to place a Conservation Easement on ancestral ʻāina

  • Forming a descendant-led nonprofit organization to hold and mālama ʻāina

  • Working with a land trust to identify a conservation buyer to acquire and protect your ʻāina, as you work to buy it back over time

  • Partnering with a land trust to purchase and protect your ʻāina, ensuring that it is not sold on the open market and that it may be a community gathering place and piko for ʻohana

  • Creating stewardship agreements with other owners, community partners, etc.

  • Partnering with an ʻāina organization to host community work days and educational programs on ʻāina

If you have questions about what conservation strategies could work for your ʻohana ʻāina, please reach out to us through our contact form. We are always happy to connect you to our partners at other conservation organizations like The Trust for Public Land and Hawaiʻi Land Trust who may be aligned with your goals.

Legal Services

Navigate title, access and other challenges related to your ʻāina with support from legal experts

Challenges tied to ancestral ʻāina in Hawaiʻi can feel overwhelming and difficult to navigate, especially when numerous owners are involved. Many of these ʻāina issues stem from historical and ongoing colonization in Hawaiian communities. Increasingly, we are seeing landowners take legal action (e.g., quiet title and partition action lawsuits) that dispossesses long-time families of their ancestral lands. Kīpuka Kuleana is not a legal service provider; however, we support ʻohana who are unified in their vision to protect ʻāina and connect them to legal service providers who can support their goals.

Below are issues that can be addressed with legal expertise:

  • Clearing title (probate, quiet title)

  • Partition action defense

  • Enforcing trust obligations (Lands Trust, Hawaiian Home Lands)

  • DHHL leases

  • Protecting traditional and customary practices

  • Kuleana land rights

  • Water rights

  • Access rights

  • Easements

  • Iwi kūpuna/Burial protection

  • Subdivision and consolidation of lands

Referrals for attorneys:

 

Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC)

1164 Bishop Street. Suite 1205 Honolulu, HI 96813

info@nlchi.org      808-521-2302       www.nativehawaiianlegalcorp.org

Kaneohe Lawyer LLLC

PO Box 6288 Kaneohe, HI 96744     808-206-6292       www.kaneohelawyer.com

Genealogy

Learn about your ancestry and proactive measures to protect iwi kūpuna

In 2023, we launched a series of moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy) workshops guided by volunteer genealogist Uncle Milton Ching that offered personalized genealogy research services to ʻohana working to keep their lands. We hope to resume these small group workshops in the fall of 2024.

Below are basic steps for researching your genealogy and more detailed videos from our partners at Huliauapaʻa.

I. From any search engine, type in www.ulukau.org

  • Click on Māhele Database, search by Name/Claimant

  • Browsing the collection, click on Kauai, click on moku, LCA, etc

  • Can search by claimant name

II. From any search engine, type in www.familysearch.org

  •  This is a free site. Create a user name and password.

  • Click on Records, type in any name

  • Click on Family Tree, type in any name

  • Go to Catalogue, type in Hawaii, scroll down to Voting Register 1887

Financial Resources

Stay rooted to ʻāina amidst escalating land values on Kauaʻi

Tax Relief 

There are several tax relief options for homeowners on Kauaʻi. In addition, homeowners can set up a payment plan with the tax office if they need to address backtaxes. 

 

Contact the Real Property Assessment office and they can guide you through options: (808) 241-4224   

Location: 4444 Rice Street, Suite A-454 Līhu‘e, Hawai‘i 96766

Front Counter Hours: 8am - 4pm (Mon-Fri, except for Holidays)  

 

The deadline for filing tax exemption applications applied to the next year is September 30.

For an explanation of all tax exemption options and downloadable applications, visit: https://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments-Agencies/Finance/Real-Property-Tax/Assessment

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Kuleana Land Tax Exemption

Resources  for Homeowners

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Hawaiʻi Community Lending offers a Homeowner Assistance Fund (closing May 1, 2024). Click on the flyer for details or visit https://hawaiicommunitylending.com/haf/

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Hawaiian Community Assets offers homebuyer and homeowner assistance, as well as financial counseling services. Visit https://hawaiiancommunity.net/

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