Article: Cultivating a “konohiki” Mindset for the Future…


Cultivating a “konohiki” mindset for the future…

Aloha ʻāina momona!

Aia a kau ka i‘a i ka wa‘a, mana‘o ke ola.

One can think of life after the fish is in the canoe.

This ʻōlelo noʻeau (Hawaiian proverb) implies that big life dreams can be pursued only if the immediate needs to sustain life are secured.

This sentiment is at the root of KUA’s mission. To revive foundations that support ʻāina momona–healthy and abundant resources that contribute to community well-being and resilience–we must address the disconnections and frayed relationships with each other and the environment we live in.

In Hawaiʻi, there once existed a kind of leadership and tradition that wove these connections and built these relationships. The konohiki–the headman of an ahupuaʻa (land division)–was knowledgeable about environmental resources and wise enough to understand people too were of the environment.

One interpretation of “konohiki” is to invite willingness and ability. Willingness nurtured