September 2023



Moʻolelo: Celina Mahinalani Garza

Returning to Pono Resource Management in Maui

Poi: B. Kehau Chrisman

Hōkūleʻa in Washington

Recipe: Furikake Salmon

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Celina Mahinalani Garza

Returning to Pono Resource Management in Maui

In Hawaiʻi, our mele are a repository of knowledge and lifeways. Mele can serve a number of functions such as encapsulating history, expressing feelings of aloha, and manifesting pride for our ʻāina. 

All of these things are dependent on a thriving ʻāina. And for ʻāina to thrive, our people integrated pono resource management into the fabric of our native society.

Following Western contact, however, our intricate and effective systems of resource management were upended by foreign values and interests. Wai, a resource essential for life in these islands, was treated as a commodity, rather than a kinolau, or a physical embodiment, of our akua. Today, Hawaiʻi continues to grapple with the remnants of this imbalance.

This article was written in May, but focuses on Lahaina and what it was like pre-western contact vs. after the rise of sugar and pineapple industry and where the natural resources like wai (water) were diverted.

In light of the recent devastation in Maui, it’s important for Kanaka Maoli to continue to fight for land and water rights.

Lei Nāhonoapiʻilani i ka Hanohano - Ka Wai Ola

Honokōhau River is the largest river in Maui Komohana. This river once fed over 5,000 loʻi kalo terraces in the valley. Today, large portions of the stream are diverted for agricultural, commercial, and municipal purposes.

– Photos: Ka Huli Ao


B. Kehau Chrisman

There are certain Hawaiian words that have worked their way into the English language; they have evolved and have become everyday “English” words. These are words like “lei” and “aloha”. Geologists worldwide routinely use the word ʻaʻā for the sharp, chunky type of lava, and pāhoehoe for the smooth and unbroken type of lava. Almost everyone knows what “lūʻau” means and recognizes the word “poi”.

When Hawaiians talk about poi, it usually is accompanied by a “yum” look on our faces. Here on the Mainland, though, I usually get a contradictory “yuck” look. I donʻt blame them. I went to a tourist-type Hawaiian lūʻau once at one of the Maui hotels where they served horribly watered-down poi in containers that were a little bigger than those white paper pill cups they give you when you are in the hospital! I myself said “yuck” to this, and I looked at the server and asked, “how can you serve this stuff to people???” She only shrugged. Obviously, it was not her decision.

I do understand that loving poi is an acquired taste that we are raised with as children growing up in Hawaiʻi. Itʻs the same thing about potatoes; if you were raised with potatoes, youʻd think they were delicious. Having been raised in Hawaiʻi, and especially living on the Big Island near Waipiʻo Valley where some of the best taro is grown, I have come to know some of the different varieties of taro, and which ones make ʻono (delicious) poi. When you have eaten good poi, it is something you remember for a long time.

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Hokule'a in WA

I feel grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Moananuiākea, Hōkūle‘a’s historic journey as she travels for 47-months and 43,000 nautical miles circumnavigating the Pacific. She is majestic and carries with her the mana of our ancestors. I was able to attend her arrival to both the Seattle and Tacoma ports, as well as hear Uncle Nainoa Thompson, Master Navigator speak at the Burke Museum. You could just feel the energy and pride of the Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander people that attended these events-the chants and cultural protocols that were done between the crew and the Native Coast Salish tribes welcoming her to their waters. I’m so glad I was able to take my `ohana to see her.   

-Marla ʻAlohilani Tam-Hoy Barhoum (HHAPI Health Educator)

Video: I Kū Mau Mau-Seattle 2023

Moananuiākea - Hōkūleʻa (

Track the voyage with your ʻohana!

Traditional Polynesian Voyaging Canoe

Hōkūleʻa to Visit Seattle and Tacoma

Moananuiākea is Hōkūle‘a’s 15th major voyage in her first 50 years. At the core of Hōkūle‘a’s creation was exploration – to uncover, recover, and reclaim. Reclaim our culture, traditions, and our relationship to home and our island earth. Moananuiākea is no different, but we are now guided by what the worldwide voyage told us—that we must deepen our values in the voyage and move from exploration and understanding to mālama, or caring, and kuleana, or taking responsibility. With those values, we must move discovery toward choices and actions that we believe will help build a future good enough for our children. This is our most difficult voyage yet because the destination is not ours. It will be the most difficult island yet to find, because it is the future of island earth.

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Recipe: Furikake Salmon


  • 2 Salmon Fillets (6-8 oz ea)
  • 1/4 cup Furikake
  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise*

*Daysha recommends Kewpie Mayo. Mix in some soy sauce or wasabi for some added flavor!


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Lay salmon skin side down on aluminum foil lined baking sheet.
  3. Baste salmon with mayonnaise. Sprinkle furikake on top of mayonnaise.
  4. Bake salmon for 10 minutes or until done and enjoy! Serve with rice.
Recipe from Uwajimaya

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