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Aloha ʻĀina & Sovereignty

Ke`eaumoku Kapu and Trinette Furtado on how natives and newcomers can work together for an equitable future for Hawai`i

Ke'eaumoku Kapu has been fighting for Hawaiian rights and sovereignty inside and outside the political system for the last 30 years. His Na`aikane o Maui Community Center in Lahaina stands for Hawaiian Cultural Preservation by hosting and promoting a variety of programs. He is founder and current president of Aha Moku O Maui, Inc., a powerful organization established by Act 288 and placed in the Department of Land and Natural Resources to ensure Hawaiians have a voice in politics and land rights.
Trinette Furtado is a small business owner and Hope Pelikikena (Vice President) of Nā Leo Kāko'o o Maui, a mākua (parent)- kumu (teacher) support group for Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Maui. She is also Kākau 'Ōlelo (secretary) on the Executive Board of 'Aha Kauleoʻ a DOE-supported statewide advocacy group for Ka Papahana Kaiapuni (Hawaiian language immersion schools).
Mother to a 10 year old haumana (student) at Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Pā'ia, she is currently focusing on state assessments created ma ka 'ōlelo Hawai'i (in Hawaiian). Her next project is tackling nutrition, food availability in Hawai'i schools and the federal and state regulations and mandates that govern it.
These two important voices in the Native Hawai'ian rights and cultural preservation movement remind us all to do everything possible to learn about our island neighbors and understand intimately their challenges, frustrations, hopes and dreams. The only way through is together. Aloha no!
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