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  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Hōʻahu - Annual Contribution

    Hōʻahu Native Land Tax What is Hōʻahu? Hōʻahu, a native land tax, is a voluntary annual contribution that non-Indigenous people living on the island of Kauaʻi can make to support critical work in protecting and caring for these Native Hawaiian lands. Make Annual Contribution Inquire about Hōʻahu Learn More TO SET ASIDE FOR THE FUTURE ABOUT HōʻAHU Hōʻahu means to set aside for the future. The word refers to the practice of hale hōʻahu where area residents brought regular offerings of their harvest, which were saved to care for the needs of the entire community. This practice allowed for the sharing of abundance amongst those with plenty and those in need. Hale hōʻahu also provided collective security for times of unstable weather, drought, or famine, preparing communities for uncertainty. For kānaka Hawaiʻi, Hawaiʻi is ʻāina kulaiwi, our only homeland, or literally, land in which the bones of oneʻs ancestors are buried. The lands of Hawaiʻi are the source of all Hawaiian cultural practices and language, and also some of the most coveted and high value real estate in the entire world. Anyone buying or living upon lands in Hawaiʻi, is stepping upon the homeland of the Hawaiian people. This land can only be bought and sold due to the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893 and ongoing resulting coloniazation and historical injustice. All who hold land in or visit Hawaiʻi today, have Kuleana to care for this place, leave it better than we found it, acknowledge its history, and legacy of injustice. The Hōʻahu native land tax directly supports Kīpuka Kuleanaʻs work to perpetuate Kuleana to place through protection fo cultural landscapes and family lands. ​ In Hawaiʻi family within ahupuaʻa cultivated certain loʻi, not for their own use, but for the benefit of the community. Kōʻele were loʻi cultivated for the area aliʻi to use in caring for all area ʻohana, while Pōʻalima were patches cultivated on Friday's, whose harvest sometimes went to supporting the local area school. In these ways, ALL area residents collectively contributed to broader community efforts together. While many who live or own land on Kauaʻi contribute generously to individual organizations or causes, no one funding source addresses historic injustices, collective Kuleana to place, and caring for the lands and waters that sustain Kauaʻi communities across the island. Here, we invite you to contribute to community care of lands and waters on the island of Kauaʻi.

  • Volunteer | Kīpuka Kuleana

    Support Kīpuka Kuleana First Name Last Name Email Phone In what way would you like to support Kīpuka Kuleana? Volunteer time helping with anything Host a Training Workshop or Presentation Partner with Kīpuka Kuleana Fund or Support Kīpuka Kuleana Please share any skills you specialize in or how you would like to specifically kōkua (support): Questions or Comments? Submit Mahalo for submitting! Weʻll be in touch with you shortly. Back

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Protection Of Cultural Landscapes

    Perpetuating kuleana to place through protection of cultural landscapes and family lands This place will feed you, if you know how to take care of it Young Hāʻena Fisherman, 2009 About Us Kīpuka Kuleana is a Hawai‘i 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to perpetuating kuleana, ahupua‘a-based natural resource management and connection to place through protection of cultural landscapes and family lands. Kīpuka Kuleana was founded in 2017 on the island of Kaua‘i. Support Our Vision Long time families continue to live in, take care of and share the practices and history of every ahupuaʻa on Kauaʻi. Our Mission ​Perpetuating kuleana, ahupuaʻa based natural resource management and connection to place through the protection of cultural landscapes and family lands. Our Why Prior to 1850, kuleana were “plots of land given, by the governing aliʻi of an area, to an ʻohana or an individual as their responsibility without right of ownership.” (Pūkuʻi & Elbert, 1975) Under Hawaiian land tenure, families could stay and pass this land to their descendants, even as ruling aliʻi changed, as long as they cared for it well. Awarded to Hawaiian makaʻāinana families who lived on and tended the land. ​ When land was privatized in 1850, less than 1% of all lands in Hawaiʻi were l ess than 28% of the eligible population of adult males was awarded. Extensive information was recorded about these parcels including family and place names, information on surroundings, hydrology, and cultivation. These lands are house sites, taro patches, some fish ponds, or salt pans & often contain iwi. ​ Lands where Hawaiian families continue to care for and live on lands in the same areas as their ancestors are increasingly rare. Those families which continue to hold kuleana and other family lands on the north shore of Kauaʻi are finding they no longer can due to rising property taxes tied to value, forced partitions by family members or others who acquire one of many shares, outstanding debts, and focused efforts at acquisition by surrounding property owners. Many families no longer own or live on their properties but continue to gather there, fish, teach children and grandchildren, care for family parcels and surrounding area, visit burials and seek ways to maintain a presence, connection & fulfill kuleana to their home. ​ Kīpuka Kuleana works to nurture contemporary models of relationships to place-based kuleana as “authority and obligation based in interdependence and community” (Goodyear-Kaopua 2011, 131). Learn more about us What's New What we do Who we are Ways to support

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