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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs



Join us for the first of four workshops in the ASSUMING YOUR POLITICAL KULEANA series that will happen online weekly on THURSDAYS at 2 pm.

On May 7, 2020, we will share a Historical Overview of ʻŌiwi Civic Engagement and Mele with Kumu Hina and Davis Price.

This workshop is the first in a four-part webinar series that is being presented in partnership with Kanaeokana. Tune in to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Facebook, the Kanaeokana Facebook and partner pages.

The four week online civic engagement workshop series is one component of OHA’s Aloha Rising Vote 2020 campaign to increase civic engagement amongst Native Hawaiians. The weekly one-hour program will feature Kumu Hina sharing mele and community experts discussing the history of civic engagement amongst the Native Hawaiian community. The series will cover a broad range of topics centered on ʻōiwi civic engagement and history through a cultural lens. Each program will end with a mele that all participants can join together and sing.


Eo Kauaʻi! The Mana Maunakea workshop featuring Kumu Hina and kiaʻi Lanakila Mangauil are coming your way. Join in a special cultural workshop on Monday, Dec. 9 from 6-8pm at Lidgate Beach Park Pavilion in Līhuʻe.

Nā kumu will share ʻike on oli, protocol, mele aloha ʻāina, kapu aloha, civic engagement and more.

Registration is not required. Come early to reserve your seat.

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Join us at the next Mana Maunakea workshop featuring Kumu Hina and Lanakila Mangauil in Kāneʻohe, Oʻahu on Wed., Oct. 2nd.  Nā kumu will share ʻike on oli, protocol, mele aloha ʻāina, kapu aloha, civic engagement and more. 

Registration is not required. Come early to reserve your seat.

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This series of workshops and programming covering the spiritual and environmental significance of Maunakea is co-sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua and ʻĀina Momona. 

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In early summer of 2019, Hinaleimoana “Kumu Hina” Wong led a series of free Aloha ʻĀina, ʻĀina Aloha Mele Workshops across Oʻahu. At each workshop, Kumu Hina taught us how Hawaiian perspectives impact the mele that we sing, dance and chant in honor of our beloved land.

As Hawaiians, we are connected by our history, language, culture and mana of our ancestors and ʻāina. Our mele hold a repository of cultural knowledge and kauna, or hidden meaning, of our Lāhui and it is important that we learn about and continue passing on that ʻike for generations to come.

Mahalo nui to the students, families and communities who joined voices in Kumu Hina’s mele workshops and who will continue further their connection to their land, culture, and people.


From Maunakea to Hālawa Valley, Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong works with many different communities to preserve & perpetuate Hawaiian culture. For years, Kumu Hina has been changing the lives of inmates behind bars by using Hawaiian values and practices to help them heal.

In this video, we join Kumu Hina’s class in Hālawa Correctional Facility, the largest hale paʻahao (prison) in Hawaiʻi. We hear from paʻahao (prisoners) about their experiences and the impact that Kumu Hinaʻs classes have on their lives. These changes can be seen by justice officials, including former Honolulu Police Department officer and Hawaiʻi State Parole Board member Annelle Amaral. Amaral also served as the President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs for four years.

“I can spot [her] prisoners. They are so good…I will know like that, this is one of Hina’s students.” – Annelle Amaral

Mahalo to Hawaii Department of Public Safety (PSD) for giving us an exclusive look at Kumu Hina’s class. Read more about the OHA sponsored culture-based education happening in our prisons in the September issue of Ka Wai Ola News:

Follow the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on social media for more video news stories, features and events on the Native Hawaiian community.


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