Worldwide Voyage crew member Kekaimalu Lee and ʻōlohe lua / carver Umi Kai make traditional fishing lures for use on Hikianalia.

Wyland Whales Apia

Timelapse of the Wyland Wall mural in Apia, Samoa to promote the Mālama Honua movement.


Aloha friends!I’m writing to invite you to Kokua Lunch Club on Wednesday, November 5, at Spalding House Cafe, from noon to 1:30.

Spalding House, formerly The Contemporary Museum, is a short drive from downtown and features galleries of art, a café, pop-up gift shop, and sculpture-filled gardens overlooking Diamond Head and Honolulu. Chef Susan Lai Hipp will be preparing our lunch.

November 5 is also a “Free Day” at Spalding House, so attendees ofKokua Lunch Club will be able to visit the exhibits at the museum following lunch if they wish to do so.

Everyone is invited but space for lunch at the Spalding House Cafe is limited to 40 people, soreserve your spot for November 5 now by clicking here. Reservations are $15.

Please forward this email to your colleagues and friends and encourage them to register for the lunch and/or sign up for the Kokua Lunch Club mailing list.

Feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to seeing you soon!

A hui hou,

Josh Levinson

Kokua Lunch Club is a laid-back lunch gathering meant to provide folks who do community-based work and care deeply about Hawaii an opportunity to talk story with old friends and colleagues, meet new people, share ideas, and enjoy good food. 

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Posted on Oct 11, 2014 in Community News

ANAHOLA, KAUAʻI – After their home burnt to the ground in a fire three years ago, Debbie and Elvis Fitzgerald-Troche have rebuilt their lives and are returning to the Anahola Hawaiian homestead lot Debbieʻs family has called home since the 1970s.

Its such an emotional thing when you lose your home and everything in it,” said Catherine Shiningstar Kaʻauwai of Habitat Humanity Kauaʻi, who worked closely with Fitzgerald-Troche over the years to put a home back on her lot.

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Upcoming Traditions of the Pacific lecture – Makahiki: Protocols & Images – – Gmail

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Dudoits Breaks Ground on Kalama’ula Home

by Ku’uwehi Hiraishi

Dudoit Molokai Habitat GB

KALAMA’ULA, MOLOKA’I – Robin and Lisa Dudoit celebrated the beginning of construction on their new home earlier last week in Kalamaʻula, Molokaʻi.

The Dudoit hale will be the first of its kind on Molokaʻi to utilize federal funds under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act or NAHASDA in a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Molokaʻi.

Collaborating with Habitat requires the Dudoits complete sweat equity hours by taking part in the construction of their 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom home in Kalamaʻula Mauka.

Dudoit Habitat GB

Molokaʻi Hawaiian Homes Commissioner Gene Ross Davis joined Zhantelle Dudoit, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Molokaʻi, and other Habitat and DHHL staff at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Dudoitʻs hale.

Apia Arrival & UN Secretary General onboard Hōkūleʻa


PAGO PAGO, American Sāmoa – The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and President of Republic of Palau, Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., sailed aboard Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia in Apia Harbor, Samoa today. They joined Worldwide Voyage crew and specialists Sylvia Earle of Mission Blue, artist Wyland, and Greg Stone of Conservation International.

“Hōkūle’a, our voyaging canoe, threads together stories of hope as she voyages across the world’s oceans. We are inspired that His Excellency Ban Ki-moon and heads of state for our island nations are coming together on Hōkūle’a’s deck around shared values of preserving and protecting our oceans,” said Nainoa Thompson, president and master navigator of Polynesian Voyaging Society.

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Traditions of the Pacific lecture Makahiki: Protocols & Images

Makahiki: Protocols & Images presented by Pā Kui A Lua with Umi Kai, Kamilo Lara, and Kaha Toledo

Thursday, October 23, 2014

6:30 – 8:00 p.m. | Hawaiian Hall
Tuition: $10 general admission; FREE to Museum Members (w/ valid ID)

In the majestic setting of Hawaiian Hall, guests will be presented with a rare look at the Akua Loa and the other images that accompany the Chiefly procession around the island during Makahiki – the ancient Hawaiian New Year festival in honor of the god Lono.  All three speakers, Umi Kai, Kamilo Lara, and Kaha Toledo hold the rank of ‘Ōlohe Lua (instructor) with Pā Kui A Lua, an organization dedicated to the practices and study of lua as a way of life.  Through their teachings and demonstrations, they’ll bring a greater understanding of the Makahikitradition and its importance to the people of Hawai’i.

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