Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo means grassroots growing through shared responsibility.
KUA means back, or backbone. Together, we are building a “backbone organization” that supports creative and collective community-based natural resource management networks and solutions to problems stemming from environmental degradation in Hawai’i.
The roots of KUA's existance and work grew out of a gathering of Hawaiian fisher folks in 2003 who were concerned about their fisheries. Since 2003 that group grew and continued to gather through the support of an organizational effort called The Hawai'i Community Stewardship Network. That network through its advisory council called for the creation of what would become KUA in 2011.
We believe empowered community stewardship efforts lead to our vision of an abundant, productive ecological system that supports community well-being- ʻĀina Momona.
KUA advances community-based natural resources management in Hawai’i, working together with government, communities and many others towards restoring Hawaiʻi communities’ traditional role as caretakers of their lands and waters.