The Konohiki Restoration Project is a multi-faceted approach to the issues facing Native Hawaiians. The Project's mission is to restore the health to the land and that which sustains; from the mountains to the ocean and from the heavens to the people, both Native Hawaiians and others who care for the land. We are a community organization that works to restore and perpetuate the culture of Native Hawaiian people through their lands, lifestyles, and sustainable systems.
The Konohiki Restoration Project is a 501(c)(3) Native Hawaiian Organization.* Your help is greatly appreciated and will provide crucial services to Native Hawaiians. Tax-deductible donations may be arranged through Inter-Nation Cultural Foundation, a global donor-advised 501(c)(3) non-profit established in 1998, as our IRS Tax-exempt Determination Letter is pending. If you would like to discuss donating to the Konohiki Restoration Project, please contact Marshall Paul, Executive Director at (808) 344-6796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) defines a Native Hawaiian organization as “any organization which serves and represents the interests of Native Hawaiians; has as a primary and stated purpose the provision of services to Native Hawaiians; and has demonstrated expertise in aspects of historic preservation that are significant to Native Hawaiians." The NHPA defines Native Hawaiian as “any individual who is a descendant of the aboriginal people who, prior to 1778, occupied and exercised sovereignty in the area that now constitutes the State of Hawaii.”
Location and Facilities
We are newly located on five beautiful acres in Kilauea on the island of Kauaʻi. Orchards and gardens are the setting for Native Hawaiian cultural education and experiences, customary protocol, restoration projects, health, well being and confidence-building, and positive energy programs. We will cultivate taro here, host workshops and gatherings, and conduct sacred ceremony. Also underway is a double-hulled voyaging canoe to be used for subsistence practices. We plan a school of Native Hawaiian astronomy and celestial navigation.
Our base of operations, the Konohiki Historic Preservation Facility, is also located at the Kilauea site. The facility is an office, meeting space, and place for elders to pass on knowledge, wisdom, and mana (chi) to their people, protecting their culture, sustainable systems and lifestyles.
We are please to collaborate with master builder Jack Whitfield of SOL Projex in planning the construction of a traditional thatched-roof hale waʻa (canoe house). This structure will serve as shelter for canoes while they are under construction, a storage place for tools and materials, and protection from the sun and rain for the canoe builders.
At the Konohiki Restoration Project we engage in the protection and preservation of cultural and historic resources under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and administer other programs that provide services to Native Hawaiians including assistance with land title issues, volunteer opportunities to care for sacred sites like Heiau's and burial sites and activities to gain experience in traditional agricultural methods.
Our outreach program includes a weekly community affairs radio show on KKCR , Kauaʻi Soapbox, bringing a Hawaiian point of view to public affairs.
Kaʻimi Hermosura, Konohiki is also the author of the cover article on Food Sovereignty in the current issue of Cultural Survival Quarterly, a publication of the international indigenous rights organization Cultural Survival.
We are promoting Kaʻimi's music, which is a fusion of modern and customary songs and chants in English and Hawaiian. We held a successful fundraising concert and published a CD, Kuʻu Lei Pupu. We have plans for concerts in larger venues, more music recording and online sales.
We envision many more services including job placement assistance, Hawaiian Language classes for children and adults, a Native Hawaiian Repatriation Assistance Program to bring displaced Hawaiians back to the islands, a Legal Assistance Service and the Konohiki Land Trust, as our restoration of healthy functioning ahupuaʻa (watersheds) incrementally increases. We also intend to create a cooperative farmworker village of taro growers and their families, Ka Māla Village.