The video below depicts our position statement and concerns regarding the irresponsible management of Kahikinui by the Department of Hawaiian Homelands in collaboration with one of the area’s non-profit organizations, Ka Ohana o Kahikinui. The Kahikinui Project is an illegal and illicit export of cultural property belonging to the heirs of Kamehameha III. The project offends Native Tenant rights and commodifies the natural resources of the area which belong to the heirs of King Kamehameha III. The non-profit of the area Ka Ohana o Kahikinui are currently reviewing proposals for installation of 15 windmills in Kahikinui.

We created this video to communicate the consensus of many Kahikinui leaseholders, Kahikinui stakeholders as well as residents of Maui County and those across Ko Hawaii Pae Aina who have reached out communicating immense concern regarding The Kahikinui Project. We are lineal descendants of the Ko’olau Moku and consider ourselves to be stakeholders in the health and well-being of the Kahikinui forest. This is not our moku but this is our mauna. We are not Kahikinui beneficiaries, we are not members or board members of Ka Ohana O Kahikinui [KOOK], we are not members of Kahikinui Game and Land Management Organization [KGLMO] and we are not members of Living Indigenous Forest Ecosystems [LIFE]. Through our third party research of the existing documentation and timeline of conversations we have concluded that; The existing beneficiary established and managed organizations can carry-out the ungulate removal needs to continue the reforestation efforts.

Napua Hueu, and Kamalani Pahukoa. The Hueu family has 8 individuals awaiting DHHL awards. The Pahukoa family has 25 individuals awaiting DHHL awards.


Natural resource irradication and commodification, prohibiting access of native tenants and preventing native tenant rights; utilizing cause related marketing and geenwashing to justify export of cultural property and workforce is a continued pose of threat for invasive species contamination.

#1. We have concern about DHHL’s on-going mismanagement of our land trust. In 2015 there were more than 29,000 on DHHL wait list while half the distributed lands were being leased by big businesses and for-profit entities which provide income for the historically land-rich but cash-poor DHHL administration. The number of eligible DHHL beneficiaries awaiting residential leases totals more than 22,000 individuals statewide. [Published Oct 4, 2017]

#2. Ka Ohana o Kahikinui board and membership does not include all Kahikinui lease holders. The organization that provided The Kahikinui Project with permission is not made up of the entire group of Kahikinui DHHL lease holders. Extracted from the Ka Ohana o Kahikinui bylaws: Article 2.10 Board of Directors: The property and affairs of the corporation shall be covered by a board of directions consisting of 7 members. Article 2. 20 Meeting The board of directors shall have an annual meeting during the second quarter of each year, and may have additional meetings at such other times and places as appropriate. If necessary, meeting of the Board of Directors may be held by a telephone conference. Article 2.30 Quorum 4 Directors shall constitute a quorum. Article 5.50 Amendments of By-Laws The by-laws may be amended by 2 members. 4.15 Qualifications for regular membership Must reside in Kahikinui, Maui, Hawaii. Kia Hawaii failed to provide thorough community outreach efforts. If every Kahikinui DHHL lease holder was not made aware of the project, was not offered the opportunity to provided feedback on the project and did not approve the project, then you have not garnered support from every one of the Kahikinui beneficiaries and therefore you cannot state that the “community requested your help and is in support of your project”. Kia Hawaii, in future please consider following the outreach protocols. hold a public hearing regarding the proposed use of land for commercial purposes, at which hearing interested persons shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard. Public notice of the time and place of the hearing should be given at least once statewide and in the county in which the property is located. The notice shall be given not less than twenty days prior to the date set for the hearing. The hearing shall be held in the county and community in which the land is located. We know mainland developers with more community outreach protocol standards than Kia Hawaii.

#3. We have concern about the misconception that there was and is no beneficiary managed organizations for reforestation and ungulate control efforts in Kahikinui. There has been community conceptualized management plan that has been guiding the care of this forest for twenty years. Kahikinui Game and Land Management Organization [KGLMO] was formed by a Kahikinui beneficiary in the late 90s. They coordinate the Kahikinui hunting program to manage the ungulates through a coordinated hunting program and established as an organization to protect, preserve, and promote the rare and beautiful native flora and fauna of Kahikinui. Living Indigenous Forest Ecosystems [LIFE] has been an active organization since the late eighties formed by a Kahikinui beneficiary and has focused on reforestation and living ecosystems as a means to restore Kahikinui’s native habitat. They have conducted many projects over the last twenty years - its founder self-propagates native trees, coordinates out plantings and cultural protocol. The Kahikinui Forest Reserve Community Management Conceptual Plan is 24 pages of policies and procedures outlining the proper management of the Kahikinui forest by its own community, drafted by the Kahikinui Forest Partnership Working Group comprised of Kahikinui leaseholders. This plan was prepared for The Department of Hawaiian Homelands in 1995. Section 8 states: Ungulate displacement program can be accomplished by ground drives and hunts utilizing the game management club of KGLMO and the local community.

#4. We have concern about the ultimatums put forth by Kia Hawaii that - if their project is not funded I quote Kia Hawaii “The State will conduct eradication via aerial shooting and the animals will be left on the mountain and a valuable food resource wasted.” We very much recognize the need for the feral animals in Kahikinui to come down and out of the wao akua so it its permitted the time and space for new understory growth. We would expect and hold the State to providing outreach, notice and awareness of its intentions to execute aerial shooting and expect them to work with the community to consider an alternative option.

#5. We have concern with the fact that Kia Hawaii is a company based out of the Big Island. The Big Island is the epicenter of Rapid Ohia Death Fungal Disease with the heart of the infestation in lower Puna at 34,000 acres but impacts a total of 50,000 acres including Native ‘ohi‘a lehua forests cover approximately 865,000 acres of land across the state and are considered the primary species providing habitat for countless plants, animals and invertebrates. Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death threatens the State’s tropical forests and delicate ecosystems and ultimately could jeopardize local water supplies and Hawaiʻi’s economic vitality According to their Kickstarter website, Kia Hawaii published on March 15th that.. “Our policy is that invasive species are a part of everyday life in Hawaii and always will be. We understand their removal is sometimes necessary to increase the likelihood of native species thriving and, if they need to be removed, there should be efforts made to utilize them.” To date Kia Hawaii has yet to provide a sufficient policy on invasive species management or their decontamination procedures. Regardless if every piece of equipment stays on the island of Maui, it is standard protocol for conservation groups to have policy language addressing invasive species management. The fact that you cannot just bring back a 200 year old Ohia tree once its gone is the biggest concern to me. In allowing a company based out of the big island with multiple members of their crew living there to come into our Ohi’a forest, we feel that Kia Hawaii may be outright risking the health of our established forest in lieu of influencing this need for new reforestation. The new Ohi’a trees will not be worth anything if the established Ohi’a trees fall susceptible to ROD. We very much understand the need for the feral animals to be removed from the upper forest however we believe that Kia Hawaii comes with more risk than reward and is not the right entity to be carrying out the community needs for ungulate removal and reforestation efforts. We believe the local community of Maui is qualified and possesses everything it needs to carry-out these initiatives.

#6. We have concerns that Kia Hawaii may be greenwashing the public. Definition of Greenwashing: Disinformation disseminated by an organization so as to present an environmentally responsible public image.

#7. We have concerns that Kia Hawaii’s concept may be commodifying Maui’s wild food sources and threatening access to these natural resources. A right to food-based analysis study in 2009 was applied to five cases: Pohnpei, maasai, awajún, inga and inuit where information was gathered through supplementary questionnaires and interviews. Titled, “Human rights: Implications of Indigenous Peoples’ food systems” the main findings were that commercial and development activities on indigenous lands and territories pose a threat to indigenous Peoples’ food systems and livelihoods, and thereby their right to food; and encroachments on indigenous Peoples’ lands threaten their food security and nutritional health, and may lead to conflicts and culture loss.

#8. We have concerns about Kia Hawaii’s Large Animal Mortality Composting process. According to their Kickstarter website, Kia Hawaii has stated that: “We have not been able to find any studies on carcasses left in restoration areas and their impact on native flora and fauna.” According to the Waste Stream Consultant that contributed research for the Venison to Market Feasibility Study funded by Maui County in 2014. It was concluded that Maui County was not equipped to deal with large animal mortality compositing in a commercial capacity.

#9. We have concern with The Kahikinui Project’s cause related marketing angle which portrays and labels DHHL lease holder recipients of the meat distributions as “families in need”. Cause-related marketing is a mutually beneficial collaboration between a for-profit entity and a nonprofit designed to promote the for-profit entities sales and reputation and promote the non-profit’s cause. Although cause-related marketing may do a wonderful job in collecting funds or benefits for the affiliated charities, it should not be forgotten that social causes, in desperate need of funding, may venture into partnerships that are far from equal and sometimes hold the potential of harming more than helping it. Because cause-related marketing is driven by the need to increase a firm's return on its investment, it goes without saying that causes are not always selected on the basis of the potential good that can be achieved but, rather, on the free publicity and increased sales a particular affiliation might bring to a company.

#10. We have concern with The Kahikinui Project’s overall lack of correspondence and transparency. We requested on March 8th by email and have yet to receive any of the following from either Kia Hawaii or Ka Ohana o Kahikinui: Minutes from all of the board and general membership meetings that Jake Muise [Kia Hawaii] attended. A copy the agreement exchanged between Kia Hawaii and Ka Ohana o Kahikinui. A copy of Kia Hawaii’s temporary right of entry. Kia Hawaii’s policies on invasive species management and control. Kia Hawaii’s gear decontamination procedures. Kia Hawaii’s cattle deboning method and process. Kia Hawaii’s large animal mortality composting process. Kia Hawaii’s position on how the helicopter claw cow transport is humane. These are just eight of many more concerns we have and that have been communicated by our neighbors and lahui across Ko Hawaii Pae Aina. Other concerns brought forward that we have yet to look into include that.. Kia Hawaii’s business model seems dependent on the eradication of wild food sources and threaten food security. Kia Hawaii may have been extracting cattle from the Kahikinui forest before its temporary right of entry was activated. Kia Hawaii may be profiting off of the animals removed from Kahikinui. Kia Hawaii may be exposing the Kahikinui Forest to Rapid Ohia Death Fungus Disease which currently has no known prevention or control mechanism. Please do not misinterpret the pressures we’ve applied for transparency and accountability as hatred. We appreciate the messages that have been sent our way from people across Hawaii expressing their gratitude for our diligence in attending the recent community meetings, forest plan working groups, facilitating relevant discussions and time spent researching these concerns that have lead us to this effort of garnering further awareness and solutions. Kahikinui has the organized members, resources and intelligence to self-manage.


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