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Olelo Ala NuukiaMission Statement

The Hanalei River Heritage Foundation (HRHF) partners with the community to increase the use of Hawaiian language, literature, traditional practices as the foundation of stewardship on the island of Kauaʻi. We use this same foundation to develop educational materials & teach environmental stewardship and to address the impacts of climate change and other threats to our island environment. In doing so, perpetuate the use of traditional practices and knowledge to improve the overall management of natural and cultural resources in a modern day context.

Hana pū ka Hanalei River Heritage Foundation (HRHF) me ke kaiāulu no ka hoʻonui ʻana i ka hoʻohana ʻana i ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, nā palapala, nā hana kuʻuna ma ke ʻano he kahua no ke aloha ʻāina ʻana ma ka mokupuni ʻo Kauaʻi. Hoʻohana mākou i kēia kumu hoʻokahi no ka hoʻomohala ʻana i nā mea hoʻonaʻauao a aʻo ʻana i ka mālama kaiapuni a no ka hoʻoponopono ʻana i nā hopena o ka climate change a me nā mea hoʻoweliweli ʻē aʻe i ko mākou mokupuni. Ma ka hana ʻana pēlā, e hoʻomau i ka hoʻohana ʻana i nā hana kuʻuna a me ka ʻike e alakaʻi maikaʻi i nā kumuwaiwai kūlohelohe a me ka moʻomeheu i ka pōʻaiapili o kēia wā.

Olelo NuukiaVision Statement

Based on the Hawaiian Concepts of Ike Kupuna (Traditional Knowledge), Aloha Aina (Culture-based Stewardship), and Ohana (Family), the Hanalei River Heritage Foundation believes the best way to create awareness both locally and globally is to start with our youth and get them actively educated and involved as stewards of the environment, the culture, and the language. HRHF’s long term goal is to develop a program of coastal research, education, remediation and preservation that can be used as a model to help other island communities that are facing similar challenges worldwide.

Me ka manaʻo Hawaiʻi o ʻIke Kūpuna (traditional knowledge), Aloha ʻĀina (culture-based Stewardship), a me ka ʻOhana (family) kekahi, ke manaʻoʻiʻo nei mākou ʻo ia ka Hanalei River Heritage Foundation, ʻo ke ala maikaʻi loa e hoʻokumu i ka ʻike, ma ʻaneʻi (locally) a ma ka honua nei (globally)a e hoʻomaka ʻia kēia hana koʻikoʻi me nā ʻopio. Pono mākou e hoʻonaʻauao iā lākou i ka mālama ʻana i ke kaiapuni me ka hoʻohana ʻana i nā kuʻuna, moʻomeheu, ʻōlelo, a me ke kākoʻo ʻana me ka ʻike ʻepekema kekahi. Pēlā nō, hiki iā mākou ke hoʻohana i kēia kumu hoʻohālike e kōkua i nā kaiāpuni likeʻole ma ka honua.


Nā Papahana Current/Upcoming Activities



Mahalo Market

(Mahalo No Ka Mea ʻAi Culture-based Farmerʻs Market & Wrap Around Services.) “Utilizing culture-based strategies to build resiliency to overcome adversity!”

In September 2021 we were awarded a multi-year award from the US Department of Health and Human Service & the federal agency, Administration for Native Americans to move forward with the Mahalo No Ka Mea Ai Culture-based Farmer’s Market!

For the past 4 months, producers, value-added product & art/craft vendors, and cultural practitioners have been meeting at the Hoʻomana Thrift Store in Wailua, planning & training to “roll out”, MAHALO MARKET. The ANA Grant provides us funding to assist with marketing & product development. We also provide the location, tables, tents, training in food & safety, etc. Finally, we are working with Hoʻomana to renovate a space that can be used by vendors & farmers as an office for official Farmerʻs Market business at no cost.

We named the farmerʻs market, MAHALO MARKET to honor the Hawaiian value of gratitude. We are using the concept of MAHALO as a culture-based strategy to build resilience with individuals, family’s, and communities experiencing hardship due to generational poverty and more recently CV19. MAHALO continues to be our Hui mantra as we look forward to welcoming the community to this unique, culture-based, farmerʻs market, featuring Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander produce, value-added products, & our Polynesian Culture.

Produce discounts will be offered to families experiencing hardships to encourage. Everyone is welcome to buy fresh produce, take advantage of social & community service providers, & learn Hawaiian culture! We are still taking applications for farmers/ vendors at MAHALO MARKET. Please feel free to reach to Kamealoha Hanohano Pa- Smith, HRHF Program Administrator at 808-212-4356 or email at khs96703@gmail.com Imua kākou! (Picture: Vegetables from Linʻs Farm in Līhuʻe fofamilies experiencing hardships, distributed on Fridayʻs at the Hoʻomana Outreach Event)



Project Mālama Ola Native Fish Habitat Research

With funding from the US Fish & Wildlife with support from the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations in Washington D.C., Malama Ola supports the vision of our community that came together in the aftermath of the April 2018 Floods on Kauai & subsequent floods to develop a plan to inventory, assess, & monitor native fish in Hanalei River/Watershed. Malama Ola is meant to empower native practitioners & families to develop & implement a meaningful native fish habitat & migration inventory, assessment, & monitoring protocol based on traditional knowledge methodology, namely Kaulana Mahina (Hawaiian moon calendar) which includes elements of Kapu (when it is ok and not ok to fish based on fish spawning patterns) to better understand the impacts of climate change & green waste debris on the native fish habitat, spawning, & migration patterns in Hanalei River.


Project Kuʻu Kūlaʻiwi Place-Based Hawaiian Language Classes

With funding from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, starting in March 2022, the HRHF offers Place-Based Hawaiian Language Classes 10 weeks (2 cohorts).The purpose of this project is to provide place-based Hawaiian language, culture, and traditional practices learning to Native Hawaiian and Local Families in East Kauai. The intended result is to reconnect Kanaka and Kamaʻāina to their ancestral lands, cultural/sacred sites, and names of winds, rains, rivers, ocean, and other natural elements. By the end of this 10 week course (held once a week), participants should be able to: a) introduce themselves in Hawaiian, b) introduce their family genealogy in Hawaiian, c) learn the names and meanings of significant cultural/sacred sites in their ʻahupuaʻa and moku, including names of winds, rains, and other natural features, and d) some basic oli (Hawaiian chant). *Registration for this class will start in February 2022 with classes starting in March. Please watch for updates on this website or announcements in our Monthly Community Newsletter, Ka Nu Hou Holomua here.

Hanalei Bay Heavy Metal TestsReports


  • Hanalei Bay Sediment Test (2013)

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  • Hanalei Bay Sediment Test (2014)

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  • Hanalei Sediment Sample Report (2014)

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