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OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Kāmau a Ea

What is Kāmau a Ea?

The Kāmau a Ea series of governance events engaged leaders of Hawaiian self-governance initiatives in collective efforts to rebuild a Hawaiian nation.

The first four Kāmau a Ea summits focused on internal lāhui discussions. The final Kāmau a Ea 5 symposium, looked outward, and brought experts from the worldwide community to share their insights regarding the establishment and re-establishment of nations at international and federal/U.S. levels. The fifth summit was an opportunity for our Hawaiian community to learn from other nation’s experiences.

The name of the series, Kāmau a Ea, holds significant meaning. “Ea” is translated as “life” but also means “sovereignty, rule, and independence,” as embodied in the words of Kauikeaouli on Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, Restoration Day: “Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono.” “Kāmau” means “to keep on, continue, persevere, last, add a little more,” which honors the efforts of those who have persevered to restore ea since 1893.

Symposium 5: November 2014

The fifth and final in the Kāmau a EA series of governance events was held on November 1st, 2014.

Video: Presentations from Summit 5

Watch the presentations from Summit 5, by Dr. Lauri Malksoo, Francis Boyle, James Anaya & Robert Williams, Thomas Schlosser, Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Richard Trudell.

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Summit 4: April 2014

Summit 4 was held on April 11th and 12th, 2014.

Video: Community Presentations & Q/A Session from Summit 4

Watch the morning session presentations  from Summit 4, by Soulee Stroud, Pōkā Laenui, Keoni Agard, Russell Stewart, Henry Noa.

Watch the afternoon session presentations  from Summit 4, by Jon Osorio, Andre Perez, Walter Ritte, Bumpy Kanahele, Michelle Kauhane, Davianna McGregor, Kaleikoa Kaeo.

Watch the afternoon Q/A panel discussion  from Summit 4.

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Summit 3: September 2013

Summit 3 was held on March 14th and 15th, 2014.

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Summit 2: May 2013

Summit 2 was held on May 13th and 14th, 2014.

Video: Ka‘i a Holo & Summit 2 Summary

Watch: This short film was shown at the Kāmau A Ea Summit on May 13, 2013 that brought together leaders of Hawaiian self-governance initiatives.  In this film, Hawaiian community leaders share some of the work that is currently in place in the fields of education, land stewardship and criminal justice that can support a Hawaiian self-governing body. Through interviews with Kalehua Krug, Mahina Paishon-Duarte, Kapua Sproat, Ulalia Woodside, Toni Bissen and RaeDeen Karasuda we learn about the achievements of their Hawaiian-focused organizations, some of the challenges they face operating under the Hawaiʻi State Government and hear how self-governance can impact their efforts to benefit the lāhui.

Watch the video summary of what transpired at Summit 2.

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Summit 1: November 2012

Summit I was held on November 28th and 29th, 2012. The unedited video presentations that follow are from day 1.

Video: Presentations & Summit 1 Summary

Watch the unedited presentations from Summit 1.

Watch the video summary of what transpired at Summit 1.

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