Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
Goal 5: Strategic Actions
1. Honor Kanaka Maoli culture and heritage.
Kanaka Maoli culture is the foundation for living culture in Hawai‘i. We must ensure that the Kanaka Maoli people are supported, and that culture is perpetuated. The success of this endeavor will ensure the way of the Kanaka Maoli will guide our actions and behaviors in the years ahead.
2. Celebrate our cultural diversity and island way of life.
- Ensure the existence of and support for public and private entities which further the betterment of Kanaka Maoli.
- Increase fluency in Kanaka Maoli language. It is one of the official languages of Hawai‘i.
- Sponsor cross-sector dialogue on Kanaka Maoli culture and island values.
- Protect Kanaka Maoli intellectual property and related traditional knowledge.
- Provide Kanaka Maoli cultural education for residents, visitors and the general public.
Our diversity likewise defines us. Ensuring that our cultural practices flourish, through language, dance, song and art is crucial to sustaining who we are as a people. We must protect and nurture all aspects of our diverse history, traditions and cultures.
3. Enable Kanaka Maoli and others to pursue traditional Kanaka Maoli lifestyles and practices.
- Identify and protect the places, features and sacred spaces that give Hawai‘i its unique character and cultural significance.
- Increase the number of educators who teach cultural and historic education.
We must provide opportunities to those who want to pursue and perpetuate the way of the Kanaka Maoli.
4. Provide support for subsistence-based businesses and economies.
- Provide Kanaka Maoli mentors with opportunities to pass on Hawaiian culture and knowledge to the next generation of Kanaka Maoli and others. The power of wisdom comes from communication.
- Perpetuate Kanaka Maoli food production associated with land and ocean traditions and practices.
We must create opportunities for the Kanaka Maoli practice of subsistence-based businesses and economies, and remove the hurdles to their start-ups and development. Such traditional cultural practices are an economic alternative to Western forms of trade and commerce. Subsistence fishing, gathering, hunting and farming on Moloka‘i are examples of subsistence-based economies that are viable.
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