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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