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© 2020 Kuleana Coral Reefs

Kuleana Coral Resoration is a Hawaii nonprofit corporation pending 501(c)(3) status

Hawaii's rich cultural history, & profound values are at the heart of everything we do. 

For hundreds of years, Hawaii's once-fertile reefs were once well managed by resource managers known as Konohiki. These leaders were the heads of land divisions under a chief (Ali’i). The Konohiki would manage land and ocean rights within a designated area. Experts in the land-ocean interface of their ahupua’a, the Konohiki would ensure the prosperity of their local resources. As a result of this careful stewardship,  healthy reefs and thriving fisheries helped sustain a self-sufficient Hawaiian population for more than a thousand years. KCR is seeking to re-establish the essence of this robust stewardship system through their work.

Culture &

Values

The Kumulipo chant teaches that the Ko’a, or coral polyp, was the first organism created.

 

The Ko’a was followed by sea stars, cucumbers, and urchins, each increasing in complexity. Early translators of the chant noted that the order of species closely matches the biological groupings we use today.

 

 

The chant teaches us that life in the ocean and life on land are interconnected. The Ko’a and the organisms in the sea are the building blocks for all of life on this shared planet we call Honua. 

 

Our Kuleana for the ocean requires us to recognize this connection and to take responsibility for the impact we have on the ocean. At Kuleana Coral Restoration we return to the Ko’a, the beginning of life, and we work to restore what has been damaged and would otherwise be lost.

Laulima

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Malama

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Ho'omau

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Our Core Values