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We feel, we have kuleana, responsibility for the land, for the people.Thatʻs what this is all about.

Kūpuna raised in Wanini, March 2015

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We always use the word kuleana to refer to land, but kuleana is really your responsibility to that land.

Kīlauea Community Member, January 2016


Our kuleana is to...

  • Enhance pilina, connections to place and between area ʻohana.

  • Build a community archive of knowledge of Kauaʻi lands, cultural practices, and ʻike to guide future restoration, caretaking, education, and governance.

  • Provide support to families working to keep ancestral lands.

  • Connecting ʻohana to legal, counseling and hoʻoponopono, financial, genealogy, and other resources.

  • Assist families in organizing family trusts or other entities to continue to hold ancestral lands within the ʻohana.

  • Conduct genealogical, archival and Hawaiian lands research to assist families while also providing them with training to conduct their own.

  • Work with government on policies to protect ‘ohana and their lands.

  • Hold lands in trust as kīpuka, spaces of community caretaking, family reunions, workdays, cultural workshops, education and resurgence.

  • Discourage sale and development of vulnerable properties.

  • Serve as a community based land trust where needed. 

  • Encourage local level, community-based natural resource management grounded in cultural approaches.

  • Promote contemporary models of relationships to place based on kuleana.