OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

E Hoʻokanaka! Inspiring & uplifting the next generation of leaders

E Hoʻokanaka! celebrates emerging leaders in the Hawaiian community. Embedded in the message of E Hoʻokanaka! is empowerment, strength, innovation and resiliency.  We will share the stories of young ʻōiwi leaders who are making positive impacts in their communities; those who are taking a fresh approach to addressing the issues and challenges that Hawaiʻi faces.

As we collectively respond to some of our most pressing concerns as an island community – climate change, affordable housing, equitable education, the protection of sacred spaces and the appreciation for traditional knowledge and practices – it is imperative that we identify and uplift those who are making extraordinary efforts to effect changes that will help move our lāhui forward.

Moananuiākea Film Screening Series

We are launching the E Hoʻokanaka! effort with a series of free film screenings featuring the documentary Moananuiākea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe.  The film captures the dramatic story of Hōkūleʻa’s three-year-long Worldwide Voyage.

A series of film screenings are being offered in communities that are home to some of the young navigators, the men and women who helped to lead the historic voyage.  Beyond their contributions to the Worldwide Voyage, these “Hometown Heroes” are also active in efforts to make positive impacts in their own communities.  Our goal is to recognize the work of these rising leaders and to continue to promote the voyage’s iconic message of “Mālama Hōnua.”

Each event will feature an ʻŌpio Meet & Greet Mixer prior to the screening, where youth from the community will be able to meet their featured “Hometown Heroes,” hear their moʻolelo about the voyage, and learn about the work they are doing in their communities.

These events are free and families are welcome.

Moananuiākea Screening Schedule

OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING AT MĀʻILI BEACH PARK
Featured Hometown Heroes: Sam Kapoi & Kaina Holomalia

October 12, 2019 – Waiʻanae, Oʻahu, 5:30 pm – 9 pm

5:45 pm     ‘ŌPIO ACTIVITIES/MEET & GREET
6:45 pm     FILM SCREENING

Food & Drinks Available. Bring blankets/low chairs. View Māʻili flier.

OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING AT KAILUA BEACH PARK
Featured Hometown Heroes: Haunani Kāne and Kaleo Wong

October 26, 2019 – Kailua, Oʻahu, 5:30 pm-9 pm

5:45 pm     ‘ŌPIO ACTIVITIES/MEET & GREET
6:45 pm     FILM SCREENING

Food & Drinks Available. Bring blankets/low chairs. View Kailua flier.

PALACE THEATER FILM SCREENING IN HILO
Featured Hometown Heroes: Kaʻiulani Murphy, Pōmai Bertelmann & Pua Lincoln

November 17, 2019 – Hilo, Hawaiʻi, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
A performance by Hawaiʻi Island-based Hālau I Ka Leo Ola O Nā Mamo will start off the evening

Food & Drinks Available. View Hilo flier.

NEW! E Hoʻokanaka debuts in Ka Wai Ola
Read the series of articles dedicated to sharing perspectives on leadership from young Hawaiian leaders.

"Courage to Leave the Dock" KWO Article Kaʻiulani Murphy

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