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  • Order Book | Kīpuka Kuleana

    Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides by Mehana Blaich Vaughan All book proceeds benefit Kīpuka Kuleana. Mahalo for your kākoʻo (support)! $19.95 Purchase from Common Ground Common Ground is a Kauaʻi-based community hub that supports local entrepreneurs and businesses. They elevate stories, products and community connection through their "creative campus that brings together changemakers, thinkers and do-ers." ​ Special thanks to Jon Champlin, our champion at Common Ground! Mahalo to our local business partners and supporters! Limited copies of Kaiāulu sold at the following locations: ​Kauaʻi Limah uli Garden & Preserve Gift Shop (Hāʻena) Sway Hanalei (Hanalei) Hunter Gat herer (Kīlauea) Aloha Exchange (Kīlauea, Kalaheo) Kīlauea Lighthouse and Gift Shop (Kīlauea) North Shore Pharmacy (Kīlauea) The Kauaʻi Store (Kapaʻa) KIKO (Kapaʻa) Kauaʻi Museum (Līhuʻe) Talk Story Bookstore (Hanapepe) Kōkeʻe Museum (Kōkeʻe State Park) ​ Oʻahu Native Books / Na Mea Hawaiʻi (Honolulu) ​ California Stanford University Bookstore (Stanford, CA) About the Author Mehana Blaich Vaughan grew up where the districts of Haleleʻa and Koʻolau meet on the island of Kauaʻi. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, and the Sea Grant College Program and Hui ʻĀina Momona at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Mehana’s research and teaching focus on community relationships with natural resources, particularly in indigenous settings, as well as place-based education. Her home is on Kauaʻi with her husband, mother, and three children. Kaiāulu is her first book. About Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides Based on two decades of interviews with over sixty Hawaiian elders, leaders, and fishermen and women, Mehana Blaich Vaughan’s Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides is a deeply personal and affecting book about how community interacts with natural resources. The northeast coast of Kauaʻi, where Mehana was born and raised, can be a picturesque playground for tourists, but for centuries the catch from this local reef and the sharing of that food has helped sustain area families. What happens when these fishing families become increasingly unseen, many of them moving away due to global commodification and loss of access to their coastal land? This book skillfully explores a community’s enduring efforts to nurture respectful relationships with natural resources and perpetuate these practices for future generations. "Kaiāulu is a book of prayers, an exquisite inquiry into the nature of reciprocity and what it means to be human. Never have we needed the compassionate intelligence of Mehana Blaich Vaughan more. In the tradition of wisdom writers like Robin Wall Kimmerer and the storytelling magic of Louise Erdrich, we see a leader of the next generation on the page and in the world." - Terry Tempest Williams, author of The Hour of Land June 17, 2024 ​ We are honored that the Office of Faculty Development & Academic Support (OFDAS) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa selected Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides as their summer book pick. UH faculty can borrow the book through the Center for Teaching Excellence's Place-Based Education Library. ​ https://www.ofdas.hawaii.edu/ ​ Mahalo OFDAS for uplifting our nonprofit's work to protect ancestral lands and cultural landscapes on Kauaʻi. December 4, 2023 ​ Mahalo to Seattle-based writer and community organizer Siobhan Ring for reviewing Kaiāulu in The Forge. Because of Siobhan's advocacy for Kaiāulu (published in 2018), The Forge inaugurated a new occasional series called "the Classics of Organizing" to spotlight not-so-new books that hold important lessons for community organizing. ​ https://forgeorganizing.org/article/review-kaiaulu-gathering-tides

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Accomplishments

    Accomplishments Education Conducted twenty field trips to share the ecology, history and culture of ahupuaʻa on the north-east coast of Kauaʻi, to students and teachers from preschool to graduate school. Hosted a workshop on family lands in December of 2016, attended by 40 individuals. The workshop included presentations on family land trusts, tax breaks, resources to conduct geneaology and lands research. Speakers included lawyers, staff from Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Hawaiian language and lands researchers, and an expert from North Carolina who spoke on models used in other parts of the U.S. to protect family and heir properties. Participant evaluations were overwhelmingly positive (95% of respondents rated the workshop educational and useful, with 100% saying such programs are important to the community, and expressing interest to participate in the future). We aim to hold another workshop in early 2018. Acquisitions Facilitated the purchase of family lands in Kalihiwai belonging to the Pānui ʻohana in the summer of 2017. The family lost their great great grandmotherʻs land, where they had grown up for generations, to a forced partition auction in 2015. It was purchased by a real estate firm and put up for sale. A conservation buyer was identified to purchase the property from the firm. The conservation buyer and family members are actively working to arrange an owner-financed buy back, and establishment of a family trust so that the land will remain with the family in perpetuity. A stewardship agreement and right of entry are being negotiated so the family can continue to care for and use the land. Funding The team obtained a $310,000 National Science Foundation, Science Engineering and Education for Sustainability Grant in 2012, which just ended in 2017. Grant applications were submitted to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Native Voices Rising in 2017. Stewardship Team members have initiated four separate clean-ups of coastal sites in area ahupuaʻa, engaging over 100 volunteers, many students, in hauling out truckloads of trash. Assistance Since 2016, members of the project team have assisted seven different families facing loss of their ancestral lands. Team members have provided research assistance including land records, genealogy tracing and, translation of deeds written in Hawaiian. They have also helped families to set up tax payment plans, and connected them to legal advice and meetings with professionals willing to help them set up trusts etc. at low cost. Education Aquisitions Back to top

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Aʻo- Education and Research

    AʻO Education and Research We enhance connections to ʻāina through education Lead cultural field trips with local schools, an annual summer program for keiki (children) and ʻōpio (youth), college courses, workshops, and trainings for community learners of all ages. ​ Center stories, place names, land-use history, policy, and ecology of particular ʻāina while building capacity to care for these places across generations. 20150306_140553 _DSC0329_rv _DSC0250_rv 20150306_185908 _DSC0357_rv We assist families, community groups, landowners, and government agencies with cultural, historic, and archival lands research to aid in the care and protection of ʻāina today Specialize in māhele and kuleana records, translation, place names, archival maps, historic images, land-use plans, and analysis to support policy reforms. ​ ​ Train people to conduct needed archival ʻāina research on their own. ​ ​ Build a community archive of Kauaʻi lands, cultural practices, and ʻike (knowledge) to guide future restoration, caretaking, education, and governance. Projects and Resources (W)Anini Project A project to increase historical and cultural understanding of the past and present-day Wanini (Anini) area ʻĀpana ʻOhana Five-part workshop series in partnership with Huliauapaʻa and OHA in 2020 focused on maintaining kuleana and ʻohana heir lands Resources

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Kākoʻo- ʻOhana Support

    Kākoʻo 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. Resources 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. Resources 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.

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Support

    Support There are many ways to support Kīpuka Kuleana from donating to volunteering time and skills to care for a place you love. Hōʻahu Land Tax Support protection and restoration of vital ʻohana ʻāina through a monthly or one-time contribution to Hōʻahu. Learn More & Donate Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides All book proceeds go to Kīpuka Kuleana. Read about Kaiāulu Volunteer Interested in sharing your time and skills? We'll keep you updated on opportunities to mālama and support our communities. Complete This Form

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | ʻApana ʻOhana

    ʻĀPana ʻOHANA Workshop ʻĀpana ʻOhana was a five-part workshop series from September to November 2020 hosted by Huliauapaʻa , the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Kīpuka Kuleana. The purpose of these workshops was to educate and empower Hawaiian and local long-time ʻohana struggling to mālama (maintain and steward) their kuleana and ʻohana heir lands. Over 194 people engaged in group discussions led by local speakers and contributed to 388 total participation hours. Below are workshop resources, including video recordings and handouts, on the following topics: 1) Importance of ʻĀina Research 2) Property Tax 3) Access, Easements and Right of Entry 4) Quiet Title and Adverse Possession 5) Estate and Trust Planning The Importance of ʻĀina Research Pūlama Lima and Donovan Preza 1/4 Maps and Where to Find Them Handout Provides examples of different types of maps ​ Includes links to map repositories and collections ​ "How-To" Steps for finding county Tax Map Keys Download 1/4 How to Family Search Guide Instructions on how to find Bureau of Conveyences documents ​ Color-coded aid for understanding how to read the index ​ ​ Step-by-step instructions for how to find and download land deeds Download Property Tax Leanora Kaiaokamalie, Mike Hubbard and Mason Chock 1/4 Kauaʻi County Calendar for Tax Relief, Annual Filing, and Tax Exemptions (updated March 2021) Tax exemption calendar deadlines ​ For current forms, visit https://www.kauai.gov/Government/Departments-Agencies/Finance/Real-Property/Forms-Handouts ​ Download 1/4 Honolulu County Calendar for Tax Relief, Annual Filing, and Tax Exemptions (updated March 2021) Tax exemption calendar deadlines ​ For current forms, visit https://realpropertyhonolulu.com/forms/ Download 1/2 Hawaiʻi County Calendar for Tax Relief, Annual Filing, and Tax Exemptions (updated March 2021) Tax exemption calendar deadlines ​ For current forms, visit https://www.hawaiipropertytax.com/exemptions.html Download 1/3 Maui County Calendar for Tax Relief, Annual Filing, and Tax Exemptions (updated March 2021) Tax exemption calendar deadlines ​ For current forms, visit https://www.mauicounty.gov/1953/RPA-Forms-and-Instructions Download Access, Easements and Right of Entry Peter Morimoto and Shae Kamakaʻala 1/4 Types of Access Handout Includes description of different types of access ​ Clickable links to State statutes and county ordinances ​ Defines important terminologies related to types of access Download 1/4 Basic Guide to Conservation Easements Learn the basics of conservation easements ​ Outlines the benefits and function of conservation easements ​ Discusses property rights and conservation easement management plans Download Quiet Title and Adverse Possession Lance Collins and Bianca Isaki 1/5 Glossary for Quiet Titles and Adverse Possesion Glossary indexed into four main sections: Quiet titles Adverse Possession Land Court County Tax Records ​ ​ Includes narratives and diagrams for understanding concepts, words, and phrases concerning Quiet Title and Adverse Possession. Download Estate and Trust Planning Nicholas Mirkay and Kelley Uyeoka 1/3 Hawaiʻi Estate Planning Resources Hawaiʻi Estate Planning Resources organized by categories: Lawyer Referral Estate Planning Resources, Advance Care/ Incapacity Planning ​ Clickable links embedded for each resource Download

  • 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. Learn more about us What's New What we do Who we are Ways to support us 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).

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | ʻOhana ʻĀina Workshop

    ʻOHANA ʻĀINA WORKSHOP January 21, 2023 About On January 21, 2023, we hosted an ʻOhana ʻĀina Workshop at Liliʻuokalani Trust in Līhuʻe that brought 65 community members together to learn from each other and share resources for keeping and protecting ancestral ʻāina. ​ Community experts facilitated small group discussion on a range of topics, including: - Genealogy of Lands & Power of the Affidavit (Keʻeaumoku Kapu, Community Activist & Educator) - Hoʻoponopono in Navigating Family Land Issues (Kamanaʻopono M. Crabbe, Practitioner and Trainer) - Legal Tools for Ancestral Land Protection (Andrew Sprenger, Land Defense Attorney) - Tax Exemptions for Ancestral Land (John Kruse, Real Property Assessment Division, County of Kauaʻi). ​ Below are downloadable resources featured at our workshop, including handouts on hoʻoponopono, legal resources, a worksheet to guide ʻohana members in setting goals and next steps to protect and mālama ʻāina, and more. To read about Keʻeaumoku Kapu's recent court victory to protect ancestral 'āina on Maui, check out this Civil Beat article . ​ Mahalo to everyone who participated and to our wonderful partners at Liliʻuokalani Trust - Kīpuka Kauaʻi, Java Kai and Kapaʻa Ship, Print & Storage for your contributions to our community event! 1/26 Resources KiKu Presentation KiKu Presentation 1/1 Kīpuka Kuleana Presentation Slides about our nonprofit organization, an overview of the workshop, and our workshop goals and group agreements Download Agenda Agenda 1/1 Workshop Agenda Meeting schedule & s peaker bios ​ Download Legal Resources Legal Resources 1/1 Legal Resources for ʻOhana List of Kauaʻi and state-wide resources for legal assistance in estate and family trust planning, mediation, navigation of quiet title and partition lawsuits, etc. Download Hoʻoponopono Hoʻoponopono 1/1 Hoʻoponopono Broad framework and principles of hoʻoponopono, a traditional Hawaiian healing process that may help families navigate difficult conversations around ʻohana ʻāina ​ ​ Download Tips for Interviewing Tips for Interviewing 1/1 Tips for Interviewing Kūpuna Tips for documenting stories and interviewing kūpuna about ʻāina Download Worksheet Plan Worksheet Plan 1/1 Plan for Mālama of ʻOhana ʻĀina Worksheet to guide ʻohana members in creating a plan to protect and mālama ʻohana ʻāina Download

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Who we are

    We feel, we have kuleana, responsibility for the land, for the people. That's what this is all about. - Kūpuna raised in Wanini, March 2015 Our Why Keeping ʻohana lands in ʻohana hands sustains communities. ʻĀina, meaning “that which feeds,” is the Hawaiian word for lands and waters. ʻĀina encompasses all that feeds us, from heavens to earth to ocean, especially relationships between places and the people who call them home, who have fed their families here across generations. Traditionally in Hawaiʻi, ʻāina, an embodiment of our Gods and ancestors, could never be bought, sold or owned, but was held in trust by the governing aliʻi of an area, who gave it to area ʻohana as their responsibility without right of ownership. 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. ​ Today, long-time families from the island of Kauaʻi are finding it increasingly difficult to continue to live here and care for the lands that feed them. Under western and American law, people from other parts of the world, many of whom vacation on the island, can buy lands on Kauaʻi for vacation homes, real estate investments, or residence in a place that feels like paradise. The land here has become some of the most coveted and expensive on the planet, with over a million visitors a year recreating across the island. Meanwhile, long-time residents struggle, working multiple jobs to pay for food, rent, and rising property taxes tied to escalating land values; simultaneously, they face the loss of homes, decreased access to ʻohana fishing and gathering areas, and increased pressure to move from their communities and the island. Most who buy land on Kauaʻi have no idea they are displacing long-time area families, have no way to learn about the ʻāina they are becoming caretakers of, and have no connection to surrounding communities. Kīpuka Kuleana restores relationships between people and ʻāina by restoring land and the ability of local communities to care for it.

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Hōʻahu - Annual Contribution

    Hōʻahu "to set aside for the future" About Hōʻahu Hōʻahu Land Tax Hawaiʻi is a place to experience beauty and restoration through our ancestors' care and relationship with this ʻāina (lands and waters) across generat i ons. If you are a guest on Kauaʻi, we invite you to share your aloha and respect by supporting the people of this place. ​ Hōʻahu is a voluntary contribution that visitors and residents on Kauaʻi can make to return lands to community hands and keep Native Hawaiian and long-time families rooted to their home places. Donate to Hōʻahu The Hōʻahu Land Tax directly supports protection and restoration of family lands threatened by sale and development. Hōʻahu is part of the global "Landback" movement to restore ʻāina to indigenous peoples and ensure they have the authority and cultural independence to steward, govern, and protect the places they call home - places vital to us all. Hawaiʻi is ʻāina kulaiwi: the only homeland of the indigenous people of Hawaiʻi, land in which the bones of our ancestors are buried. The lands of Hawaiʻi are the source of all Native Hawaiian cultural practices and language and also some of the most coveted and high value real estate in the entire world. Anyone visiting, buying or living upon lands in Hawaiʻi shares a kuleana to care for this place, leave it better than we found it, and work to address historical injustice. Hōʻahu ("to set aside for the future") refers to hale hōʻahu, houses where area residents brought regular offerings of their harvest, gathered, then 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. Inspired by Native Land Taxes & Funds: Shuumi Land Tax: Sogorea Te' Land Trust, Bay Area, CA (link ) ​ Real Rent Duwamish: Duwamish Tribe, Seattle, WA (link ) Honor Native Land Tax: The Red Nation and Pueblo Action Alliance, Albuquerque, NM (link ) ​ Manna-Hatta Fund: American Indian Community House, New York City, NY (link ) Tongva Return the Land Fund: Tongva Taraxat Paxaaxvxa Conservancy, Los Angeles, CA (link ) ​ Pay Your Rent: Nii’kinaaganaa (Inuit peoples, Abénakis and Naskapi-Eeyou), Canada (link ) ​ Whose Native land are you on? Find out here: https://native-land.ca/

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