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  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Partners

    History Kuleana are rights and responsibilities, both based in relationship to land. Kuleana also refers to particular parcels of land. Prior to 1850, kuleana were: ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Under Hawaiian land tenure, families could stay and pass this ʻāina to their descendants, even as ruling aliʻi changed, as long as they cared for it well. When the land was privatized in 1850, less than 1% of all ʻāina in Hawaiʻi, called kuleana, were awarded to Hawaiian makaʻāinana families who lived on and tended the land.​ Less than 28% of the eligible population of adult males was awarded. Extensive information was recorded about these kuleana 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 and often contain iwi (bones). ​ Places where Hawaiian families continue to care for and live on ʻāina in the same areas as their ancestors are increasingly rare. Those families which continue to hold kuleana and other family lands on the island of Kauaʻi are finding they no longer can due to rising property taxes tied to exorbitant area sales prices, forced partitions by family members or others who acquire one of many shares, debt, and focused efforts at acquisition by realtors and 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 presence and connection while fulfilling kuleana to their home. ​ Kīpuka Kuleana nurtures contemporary models of relationships to place rooted in kuleana as: 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] authority and obligation based in interdependence and community [Goodyear-Kaopua 2011, 131]

  • 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 ​ 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 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 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 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 | Partners

    Partners He Wahi Mahalo Mahalo to all the individuals, community partners, and organizations who help support our work. Aloha Collection Common Ground Hawaiʻi People's Fund LiKEN: Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network Kapaʻa Ship, Print & Storage Dr. Mehana Vaughan, UH Mānoa Native Voices Rising National Science Foundation

  • 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 | Protection Of Cultural Landscapes

    KīPUKA KULEANA 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 On Kauaʻi, long-time families are losing connections to ancestral lands due to escalating land values, rising taxes, restricted access, development pressure and other challenges that threaten identity and perpetuation of cultural practice across generations. ​ ​ Established in 2018, Kīpuka Kuleana is a 501(c)(3) Hawaiʻi nonprofit organization and community land trust that protects ancestral lands under threat and revitalizes relationships between people and ʻāina (lands and waters) on Kauaʻi. ​ We strive to grow kīpuka (places of community caretaking and cultural restoration) grounded in kuleana (responsibility) in every ahupuaʻa (traditional land division from mountain to sea) on Kauaʻi. Vision Kupa ʻāina ʻohana (long-time families) continue to thrive in, share the history and practices of, and care for every ahupuaʻa (traditional land division from mountain to sea) on Kauaʻi. Mission ​Perpetuating kuleana, ahupuaʻa-based natural resource management and connection to place through protection of cultural landscapes and family lands.

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Hoʻomalu- Policy and Protection

    Hoʻomalu Policy and Protection We work with the government on policies to protect ʻohana and their lands We collaborate on county and state level policy to codify protections of ancestral lands. ​ ​We educate new landowners about the ʻāina under their protection, while discouraging the sale and development of vulnerable properties. ​ We work to promote contemporary models of relationships to place based on kuleana. 1/4

  • 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

  • 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) Taro Patch House (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) 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

  • Donate | Kīpuka Kuleana

    Donate to Kīpuka kuleana Kīpuka Kuleana is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that accepts tax-deductible donations. To donate by credit/debit card or bank transfer, please complete the form below. Checks can be mailed to: Kīpuka Kuleana. PO Box 1304. Kilauea, HI 96754. ​ Mahalo for supporting our work on Kauaʻi!

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