Our Mission at Hui o Kuapā
Education is the kua or backbone of the Hui o Kuapā mission. Hui o Kuapā educates the local and global community about Native Hawaiian resource management and innovations through hands on experience in the fishponds or loko iʻa as well as through advocacy of native rights and issues. The organization has been instrumental in raising awareness about the need to care for our planet and food security in rural communities. It proudly continues to carry out that mission today.
Meet The Team
Joseph Farber is a community and environmental planner serving as Hui o Kuapā Administrator. For the past 25 years, he has collaborated with a range of communities throughout Hawaiʻi to restore their loko iʻa (Heʻeia on ʻOahu; Koʻieʻie on Maui; Kapoho on the Big Island; and Keawanui, ʻUalapuʻe, Kahina Pōhaku, Honouilwai, and ʻOhalahala on Molokaʻi). Farber is a founding member of Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa and author of the 1997 book "Ancient Hawaiian Fishponds: Can Restoration Succeed on Molokaʻi?”.
Guy Hanohano Naehu
Head Kiaʻi Loko
Hano, as he is referred to, is a community educator, teaching ancient concepts in land stewardship and resource management. His ocean conservation work has allowed him to represent and be a voice for Hawaii and indigenous Pacific islanders alike. As an avid activist and artist for Aloha ‘Āina he translates his passions through hip hop and lyrical messages under his MC name The Paniolo Prince.
Tanya Mailelani Naehu
Tanya Mailelani Naehu is a Kanaka Maoli Boricua, educator, performer, artist, community organizer and activist of Aloha ‘Āina from the island of Moloka’i, Hawaii. As co-founder of Ka Hale Hoaka, an online school of Hawaiian Knowledge, her teachings are grounded in indigenous philosophies and practices such as mo’olelo, ʻōlelo Hawai’i, hula, and oli. She is also the director of the Molokaʻinuiahina project, a multi-generational community art project that is founded in traditional storytelling. By teaching via various art mediums through the vessel of moʻolelo she emphasizes great importance in building communication skills, self confidence, and a new generation of storytellers.
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