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Mana Lāhui Kānaka

Understanding mana is critical to understanding the contemporary Native Hawaiian identity and a key element in building stronger, healthier communities. A new book from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Mana Lāhui Kānaka, is a multidimensional study of mana: what it is, how to articulate it, and how to access and cultivate it. The 300-page volume builds on Kūkulu Hou, the vision for kanaka leadership presented by author and OHA Ka Pouhana Kamanaʻopono Crabbe, PhD.

Mana Lāhui Kānaka is the culmination of more than five years of research, drawing from literary and historical records, social science research and first-person accounts – much of which wouldn’t have been possible without the translation of Hawaiian language nūpepa, vehicles of mana in their own right.

“This book represents a framework to incorporate mana in the 21st century, and is just one tangible representation of our sophisticated identity – who we are as a living culture for the past, present and future.” – Kamanaʻopono Crabbe, PhD



Download a free copy of the Mana Lāhui Kānaka Book

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In coordination with the release of Mana Lāhui Kānaka, OHA is reaching out to larger communities to discuss mana, in person and online. Kānaka ʻōiwi are encouraged to participate and express their own ideas on how mana can be used to strengthen communities, and the lāhui at large. 

Follow us and use the hashtag #manalahui on social media in the coming year.


More than 30 original videos have been created sharing community mana’o on mana. Click below or visit our Mana YouTube Playlist to watch these mana filled videos.


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