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(W)anini Project

Kaiaulu Noho a Kupa Community Outreach Program



The purpose of this project was to gather and document the knowledge of the area known as “Anini” or “Wanini” to teach future generations about the area, protect Hawaiian family practices there, and guide community efforts (between January and August of 2015) and decision-making about the area, particularly in light of proposed development. The project focused on the area from Kalihiwai River to just past (W)anini stream, where the old government road crests the hill, including Hanapai, Kalihikai, and (W)anini. 

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The goal of this project was to increase understanding of the area's past and present history and importance. To encourage pono decision-making about the future:


  1. Understand how Hawaiian and local families have lived in the area, cared for, and used its natural resources.

  2. Understand how the health of these resources, particularly fresh water and marine resources has changed and when, and identify possible causes.

  3. Understand laws and policies that affect this place and might help to determine what can or cannot happen there in the future.

  4. Protect traditional and customary Hawaiian practices in this area by documenting them.

  5. Gather manaʻo from area families regarding how to protect area resources and practices.

  6. Find common ground among varied perspectives and informational identify recommendations for the area that best incorporates this manaʻo.

  7. Provide information that might help people who care about (W)anini come together to care for the area in keeping with ancestral values and relationships with the place.

The team on this (W)anini project included:


  • Kaui Fu and Billy Kinney are grandchildren of Amin Fu both raised in Hanalei,  who helped to conduct interviews with community members on Kauaʻi.

  • UH Mānoa graduate students in Hawaiian studies, political science, marine biology and other fields who gathered studies and archival materials, interviewed community members on Kauaʻi, compiled and presented all findings to participants.

(W)anini About



An Overview of Cultural Resources relating to Anini, Haleleʻa, Kauaʻi:

  • Including the ʻili of Anini, Hanalei, and portions of the Ahupuaʻa of Kalihikai & Kalihiwai

  • Prepared by Emily Cadiz, Aurora Kagawa-Viviani, and Noʻeau Peralto with the assistance of Wahineʻaipōhaku Tong

(W)anini, Kauaʻi: Land Use Changes, Princeville, and the Future

  • This paper fits within a larger Noho a Kupa Community Outreach project that aims to gather and document knowledge of the area known as “Anini” or “Wanini” so that it can be used to teach future generations about the area, protect Hawaiian family practices there, and guide community efforts and decision-making about the area, particularly in light of recently proposed development.

  • One of the goals of this paper is to illustrate the intersections of local lived experience (as described in interviews with Anini community members), with large-scale state level mechanisms (such as laws, policies, regulations, government and private development) in the area.

An Assessment of the Environmental and Natural Resource History of a Coastal Hawaiʿi Community: A Case Study of Anini, Kauaʿi

  • This report is an overview of the documented environmental and natural resource history of a traditionally Native Hawaiian community on the North Shore of Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i. The community of interest in this report covers a project site ranging from Anini Stream to Kalihiwai River, which will be referred to in this report as “Anini.”

  • Over the course of four months, a group of five students from University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa], in a Natural Resources and Environmental Management Departmental course, NREM 691: Kaiaulu Collaborative Resource Management worked on researching the environmental and natural resource aspects of the area, in conjunction with two other groups of students who researched policy and culture. This report provides insight into the past and current state of natural resources in Anini, and includes future outlooks and recommendations.

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