POSTED: 11 MARCH 2008 - 9:00am HST

The Ahu Kiole Meeting of the Koloa Ahupuaa

image above: The Aha Kiole statewide committee: The eight members of the 'Aha Moku advisory committee
were sworn in Nov. 1. From left to right, Jean Ilei Beniamina (Ni'ihau), Chairperson Vanda Wahinekuipua Hanakahi (Moloka'i),
Winifred “Winnie” Mano Basques (La¯na'i), Charles Kapua (O'ahu), Leslie Aipalena Kuloloio (Kaho'olawe),
Timmy Paulokaleioku Bailey (Maui), Sharon Pomroy (Kaua'i) and Hugh “Buttons” Lovell (Hawai'i). -
Photo: Courtesy of 'Aha Moku advisory committee.

by Mahelani Sylva on 10 March 2008

A community meeting of the Koloa Ahupua'a of the Kona Moku (Leeward side of the island), will be held at the main pavilion in Poipu Beach Park on Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 between the hours of 6:00 pm till 9:30 pm. It will be a Pot Luck, so bring a bowl.

Over development of our lands and coastlines, water diversion, pollution of our streams and privatization of our water, as well as introduction of invasive species has caused severe changes. As a result, the deterioration of the Hawaiian culture and values, which had sustained our people for thousands of years, has been devastating.

Representatives and community leaders of the of the Aha Kiole have been invited to present Act 212, which will provide our communities the opportunity to reintroduce the traditional best management practices that were used from generation to generation.

Focus will be on the concerns of community members living in the Kona Moku, however, all are encouraged to participate. The Kona Moku includes the Ahupua'a of the following:

Makaweli, Waipahu, Mahinauli, Wahiawa,Lawai, Weliweli, Mahaulepo, Waipahu,
Aakukui, Hanapepe, Kalaheo, Koloa, Paa.

We encourage Hawaiian cultural and traditional practitioners to attend and talk story so that we may be inspired to support the implementation of our traditional methods of sustainability such as the ahupua'a concept - from Mauka to Makai.

Join us Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 between the hours of 6:00 pm till 9:30 pm
at the main pavilion in Poipu Beach Park.

Mahelani Sylva

'Aha Moku council moves forward
by Staff on 1 November 2007 at Ka Wai Ola

More than 100 Native Hawaiian experts and ku¯puna (elders) versed in Native Hawaiian traditional fishing and farming practices gathered Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Honolulu to discuss the nuts and bolts of creating a modern day 'Aha Moku Council System.

Based on pre-contact natural resource governance in Hawai'i, the 'Aha Moku system recognizes the traditional geo-political division of each island into ahupua'a (akin to the present-day concept of watershed areas) and moku (a political district of two or more adjacent ahupua'a).

The 24th Hawai'i Legislature endorsed the 'Aha Moku Council System with passage of Act 212, which Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law on June 27, 2007. The Act, among other things, creates an eight-member advisory committee to facilitate creation of the 'Aha Moku Council System. Under the Act, the various moku on each island will select an 'Aha Kiole, and the eight 'Aha Kiole will form an 'Aha Moku Council Commission, which will oversee the 'Aha Moku Council System and be its liaison to the legislature.

The eight members selected for the 'Aha Moku advisory committee are:
Vanda Wahinekuipua Hanakahi, Moloka'i, chair of the committee, a community cultural specialist. In her childhood home, Hawaiian was the spoken language and Hawaiian cultural practices were a way of life.

Timmy Paulokaleioku Bailey, Maui,
a biological science technician at Haleakala¯ National Park. He is recognized as an authority on the relationship between Native Hawaiian natural resources and culture.

Winifred “Winnie” Mano Basques, La¯na'i,
is retired from La¯na'i Community Hospital and serves on the County of Maui's Council of Aging. She learned the lawai'a and mahi'ai practices and knowledge of her ancestors from her ku¯puna.

Jean Ilei Beniamina, Niihau,
(IB Editor's Note: idland changed from Kauai in original article)
an assistant professor in student services, Kaua'i Community College. She is an award-winning singer/songwriter, leading organizer and community liaison for Hawai'ian education and one of the founders of 'Aha Punana Leo, being named the Native Hawaiian Education Association's 2007 Educator of the Year."

Charles William Kanaha Kapua, O'ahu,

is retired from the Honolulu Police Department and the U.S. Army Reserve. He was taught the ways of mahi'ai and lawai'a from his grandparents, Elizabeth and David Hoopi'i, who began teaching him from the age of 6.

Leslie Aipalena Kuloloio, Kaho'olawe,
is a cultural expert who believes in a simple Hawaiian lifestyle, which includes fishing and planting using natural resources found within one's own moku boundaries. The island of Kaho'olawe is part of his ancestral and cultural connections through both of his parents' genealogies.

Hugh “Buttons” Lovell, Hawai'i,
agricultural research specialist, Research Corporation of the University of Hawai'i, Kamuela, Hawai'i. He was raised by his mother and grandparents, John and Precious Puniwai in Pu'ue'o, island of Hawai'i (Moku 'O Keawe), from whom he learned traditional planting, gathering and fishing practices.

Sharon Pomroy, Kaua'i,
Lehua Mamo Flower Farm. One acre of her six-acre farm is dedicated to restoring the native forest that once grew there. She offers her knowledge in planting native tress to her neighbors and helps with plantings for the Kanuikapono Charter School in Anahola.

Nominees for the advisory committee, as mandated by Act 212, were nominated by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and selected by Gov. Lingle. The eight members of the newly formed advisory committee were sworn in on Nov. 1.

see also:
Island Breath: Kona Central Meeting
Island Breath: Kauai District Meetings
Island Brath: 4th Eco Roundtable
Island Breath: TGI #16 Kauai Land Use
Island Breath: LEGS Sustainabilty Conference 10/9/07
Island Breath: TGI #6 Ahupuaa 6/13/07
Island Breath: TGI #5 Mauka to Makai 5/8/07
Island Breath: Planning by Ahupuaa 4/23/06