Ka ʻAha Lahui O ʻOlekona Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon and SW Washington

Ka ʻAha Lahui O ʻOlekona Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon and SW Washington

Ka ʻAha Lāhui O ʻOlekona Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon and SW Washingtonʻs mission is to actively participate in the promotion, perpetuation and practice of the Native Hawaiian culture and values.

Ka ʻAha Lahui O ʻOlekona Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon and SW Washington

Ka ʻAha Lāhui O ʻOlekona Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon and SW Washingtonʻs mission is to actively participate in the promotion, perpetuation and practice of the Native Hawaiian culture and values.

About the Organization:

Ka ʻAha Lāhui O ʻOlekona Hawaiian Civic Club of Oregon and SW Washingtonʻs mission is to actively participate in the promotion, perpetuation and practice of the Native Hawaiian culture and values.

organizational budget

$0 - $50,000

existence for

0-5 Years

The Issue:

For so many Native Hawaiians, the cost of living in Hawaiʻi (our homeland) has surpassed our abilities to thrive. We are displaced indigenous peoples who have had to deal with the disparities that have plagued our people ever since foreigners touched our shores. Since then, many of us have been forced to live in ways that are not conducive to our optimal health and our best ways of living. Many of our people have been plagued with health issues like heart disease and diabetes as a result of this oppressive system. We are raising our children here and do our best to teach them the cultural values of our ancestors. The very country that offered our people the moon and the stars in the past, continues to oppress our people by stripping them of their resources and forcing them to rely on a government that cannot see past capitalism.

The Solution:

The solution is truly to have the conversation revolving food sovereignty and how the affects of it can both better and strengthen our communities. There are many aspects of our culture that can help build a better future for our NHPI community. Our goal is to build a relationship with indigenous community gardens and continue our partnership with the Oregon Food Bank to build sustainable cultural practices of our people. Our program will allow for our youth, the next generation and key to the survival of our people, an opportunity to learn about this land and the lands of our people. They will be able to not only build cultural foods and herbs, but provide this to our community and create a family base. Through this program they will learn about native plants, practices, and why our ancestors saw the importance of maintaining this aspect of our culture.

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