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Dreams Really Do Come True
8/22/17 in Kapaau, HI under Dreamstarter
A longtime dream of Kohala Unupa'a and one of its students, Hokani Maria, is about to set sail. Through a grant program from the Running Strong Foundation for Native American Youth, Hokani was selected as one of 10 Dreamstarters nationwide.
Hokani's dream? To build a wa'a (canoe) for the Kohala community and to do so with the hands of young and old.
All hands have been on deck this summer as Hokani has organized workshops open to the community and led by long time cultural practitioner and coastal navigator Hualalai Keohuloa. On July 17,Kohala Unupa'a hosted a community showcase at the Hub, displaying the completed canoe for the first time. A blessing and naming of the canoe will be held in early fall.
The Kohala Community would like to send their Aloha to their own, Hokani Maria for his vision and Amoo Ching Kainoa for her mentorship and heart for Kohala's keiki.
Gardens Basic Needs Seasonal Programs Food on 3/3/15
The 2015 gardening season is off to a great start thanks to a generous challenge from a fellow Running Strong supporter who wants us to be able to plant family gardens on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota! In 1985 the Slim Buttes Agricultural Development Program started with only six family gardens and today, 30 years later, the program supports over 400 gardens on Pine Ridge. With each garden producing fresh food to be shared among family and neighbors, there is the potential for thousands of people to have more nutritious diets as a result of this challenge.