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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) Taro Patch House (Kīlauea) Aloha Exchange (Kīlauea, Kalaheo) Kīlauea Lighthouse and Gift Shop (Kīlauea) North Shore Pharmacy (Kīlauea) The Kauaʻi Store (Kapaʻa) KIKO (Kapaʻa) The Womb Bookstore Pop Up (various locations) Kauaʻi Museum (Līhuʻe) Talk Story Bookstore (Hanapepe) Kōkeʻe Museum (Kōkeʻe State Park) Oʻahu Native Books (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

  • Kīpuka Kuleana | Support

    Support There are many ways to support Kīpuka Kuleana from donating to our Hōʻahu Lands Fund to volunteering time and skills to care for a place you love. Hōʻahu Lands Fund Support protection and restoration of vital ʻohana ʻāina through a donation to our fund. 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 | 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 | 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 | Who we are

    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.

  • 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!

  • Volunteer | Kīpuka Kuleana

    Support Kīpuka Kuleana First Name Email Last Name Phone (optional) Where are you from / Where do you live? How would you like to kōkua (support) Kīpuka Kuleana? Volunteer time and skills Host a training workshop or presentation Partner with Kīpuka Kuleana on a project Fund or support Kīpuka Kuleana What skills or passions would you like to share? (e.g, bringing communities together through educational workshops, ʻāina research, social media/blogging, educating people about place, etc) Is there a place that you are interested in protecting? How did you find out about us? Questions or comments? Back Submit Mahalo nui for your kōkua! We'll reach out as opportunities arise.

  • 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 | 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 from the Kīpuka Kuleana presentation delivered by founder and board president Mehana Vaughan about our nonprofit organization, an overview of workshop, and our workshop goals 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 ​ ​ 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 | 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 region) on Kauaʻi. Mission ​Perpetuating kuleana, ahupuaʻa-based natural resource management and connection to place through protection of cultural landscapes and family lands. Vision Long-time families continue to live in, share the practices and history of, and care for every ahupuaʻa on Kauaʻi. WHO WE ARE WHO WE ARE WHAT WE DO SUPPORT US

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