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Moku O Keawe Foundation Receives Grant From Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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The Moku O Keawe Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 Community Event Grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).  Funding will be used to continue their mission of Hawaiian cultural education, and present the 5th Annual Moku O Keawe Festival.

“We are extremely grateful to OHA for their support and the confidence they show in Moku O Keawe Foundation,” said President Sherron Rosenberger.  “It is exciting and inspiring to see the living Hawaiian culture grow and expand around the world through hula and the arts of hula.  And as that happens, it is even more important for organizations to work together—not only to reach a broader audience, but to share our messaging in the most respectful, authentic and meaningful way.”

The 5th Annual Moku O Keawe Festival concluded November 7 at Waikoloa Beach Resort, with 15 participating hālau from Hawaii and Japan competing in wahine hālau and pakahi (solo) hula kahiko, ‘auana and kupuna divisions.  The hula competition was coordinated by Kumu Hula Nani Lim Yap.  Other events included a made-in-Hawaii marketplace and closing night Hō‘ike starring workshop students and special appearance by Kumu Hula O’Brian Eselu and the men of Ke Kai O Kahiki, Merrie Monarch Winners.  An intensive workshop series, organized by Hawaii designer Sig Zane, featured classes in Ipu Heke (double gourd drum), Lauhala Weaving,‘Il‘ili and an excursion to the historic site at Mahukona for a workshop with Nā Kumu Hula Howard and Olana A‘i.  Workshops in hula were taught by Nā Kumu Hula Nalani Kanaka‘ole, Kaleo Trinidad and Uluwehi Guerrero

Other Moku O Keawe sponsors include Waikoloa Beach Resort, Louis Vuitton, Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, Creative Arts, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Waimea Music Company, Big Island Candies, Sushi Shiono, County of Hawaii, KAPA, Vitamin Water and Kintetsu International Hawaii.

The Moku O Keawe International Festival is an annual celebration of the rich Hawaiian culture, produced by the Moku O Keawe Foundation, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing, enriching and educating the practice and development of hula and its associated arts to build, strengthen and inspire the living cultural traditions of Hawai‘i.  For more information, visit

Hawaii Man Can’t Live on State Park as Caretaker

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A native Hawaiian did not have the right to set up a home in a state park, a Hawaii Appeals Court ruled.

Lloyd Pratt, who was convicted of camping in a closed area of a Kalalau state park, argued his Hawaiian ancestry entitled him to live off and maintain his native soil.

Pratt had tried to settle a portion of land and plant crops in the wilderness area of the park on the island of Kauai. He said he had the right to act as a “hoa’aina,” or caretaker of the land and restorer of ancient, native Hawaiian sites.

Pratt claimed his “ancestors” are buried in the Kalalau Valley, that his father’s family is from Oahu, and that his other relatives hailed from the Big Island of Hawaii.

The Intermediate Court of Appeals upheld Pratt’s conviction.
“Pratt has not established that he is a lawful occupant or tenant of … Kalalau,” Judge Katherine Leonard wrote for the court. “The district court made no factual findings that Pratt or any of his family members lawfully resided, owned, or occupied land in the Kalalau Valley.”

Leonard added that Pratt appears to be a “deeply spiritual Hawaiian man,” but that  state laws “do not go so far as to allow native Hawaiians to reside on state lands, without permission, in order to bring ancient ways and ancient sites back to life.”

Judge Craig Nakamura dissented in part, writing that while Pratt’s conduct is not exempt from prosecution, the trial court incorrectly weighed the state’s interest against the fact that Pratt was not causing actual harm.
Judge Alexa Fujise issued a concurring opinion.