Kua'aina Ulu 'Auamo (KUA)


Mission Statement

Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA) means “grassroots growing through shared kuleana (responsibility)” the acronym KUA means backbone. KUA, called into creation in 2011 by a statewide network of over 30+ grassroots indigenous and local community based natural resource management groups called E Alu Pū (“move forward together”) works to empower communities to improve their quality of life through caring for their environmental heritage together to better Hawaiʻi and achieve ‘āina momona— an abundant, productive ecological system that supports community well-being. KUA employs a community‐driven approach that currently supports three statewide networks: E Alu Pū, almost 40 traditional Hawaiian fishpond projects and practitioners called the Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa, and a new and growing group of Limu (native seaweed) practitioners called the Limu Hui.


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.

Program Details

KUA works to develop generative networks for change. KUA brings each network together for an annual gathering for 3-4 days of camping, hands on stewardship and place based workshops and learning, workshops and governace activities. From these large events we develop community driven smaller capacity based workshops, build on collective issues of interest in systemic transformation and advocacy and connect them to the larger conservation movement and institutional supporters in ways that build their capacity to change the context of their work to one that is more favorable to them.
Together these networks have worked together to build relationships and influence resource flows and substantive policy changes that better support their work and aspiration for how we can better care for Hawai'i at the local level.

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47-200 Waiheʻe Rd c/o Key Project
Kāne’ohe, HI 96744
United States
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