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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.

E Hoʻokanaka! in Ka Wai Ola

Read the series of articles dedicated to sharing perspectives on leadership from young Hawaiian leaders.


“Leading by Doing” featuring Hōkūleʻa Navigator Haunani Kane – October 2019 Ka Wai Ola

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“Courage to Leave the Dock” featuring Hōkūleʻa Navigator Kaʻiulani Murphy – November 2019

Navigator Kaʻiulani Murphy


“Step Up and Take Control of the Narrative” feature Koa Hewahewa – December 2019

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“Build new leaders through inclusion and support” featuring Lanakila Mangauil – January 2020

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Creating a Network of Knowledge Via Mele featuring Zachary Alakaʻi Lum

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Service is the path to leadership featuring Lahela Williams


Take the time to listen featuring Marcus Kawika Iwane


Commit to a better future featuring Shalene Kamakaʻala

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