Three Hawai‘i photographers set out to capture Kohala

June 5, 2015 (Big Island Video News)—A three-year photography project involving three well known Hawaii photographers is set to get underway in the native forests of North Hawaii. The Kohala Watershed Partnership, a sponsored program of The Kohala Center, recently received funding to undertake Images of Kohala: Source of Water, Source of Life in order to capture images “from some of the wildest and least accessible locations on Kohala Mountain.”
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Cream of the crop: An engaging view of Hawaii’s history and monarchy is honored as the year’s best book

NoMakouKa-Mana_CoverMay 3, 2015 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—“No Makou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation,” by Kamanamaikalani Beamer, a re-seeing of Hawaii history and the role of alii from an indigenous perspective, has won the Samuel M. Kamakau Award for book of the year, bestowed by the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association at its annual awards ceremony April 23.

The judges called Beamer’s book “one of those rare texts that could leave even the most jaded of readers feeling like a seemingly immovable tide might actually be turning.”

“No Makou ka Mana” also won in the Hawaiian language, culture and history category, and received an honorable mention for nonfiction.

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»Watch the post-award interview with Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer

»Listen to an interview with Hawai‘i Public Radio’s Noe Tanigawa (Hawai‘i Public Radio, June 3, 2015)

»Read “Storied landscapes: An understanding of place defines this year’s Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival” (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, April 26, 2015)

»Buy No Mākou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation


Storied landscapes: An understanding of place defines this year’s Hawai‘i Book & Music Festival

April 26, 2015 (Honolulu Star-Advertiser)—(Excerpt) In a similar vein, Hawaiian-language newspapers and other documents published from 1835 to 1920 will be discussed in a panel at the festival. Panelists include Kamana Beamer, author of “No Makou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation,” recipient of the 2015 Samuel M. Kamakau Book of the Year Award from the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association. He is [president and chief executive officer] of Hawai‘i Island’s Kohala Center, whose mission includes environmental education and stewardship of such natural areas as the Puu Pili rainforest in Kohala.

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VIDEO: Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer — No Mākou Ka Mana: Liberating The Nation

April 23, 2015—Following the 2015 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Awards, Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer sat down with the Hawai‘i Book Publishers Association to talk about his latest book, No Mākou Ka Mana: Liberating The Nation, for which he won the Samuel M. Kamakau Award. His book explores the wisdom and creative political sophistication of Hawai‘i’s leaders.

Study calls for more rideshares, better bus schedules

July 13, 2014 (West Hawaii Today)—Hawaii Island could do more to improve mass transit and bolster rideshare programs. That’s according to a new study prepared for the Kohala Center by the Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, which called for increased carpooling and clearer county bus schedules. With long travel distances and commutes, more than half of the island’s energy demand goes to transportation, states the study, titled “Expanding Transportation Opportunities on Hawaii Island.”
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Hawaii’s Big Island could improve public transit with technology, study says

July 11, 2014 (Pacific Business News)—Hawaii’s Big Island could improve residents’ access to public transportation by using Google and other technology to attract more riders, according to a study by the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources. The Kohala Center on the Big Island commissioned the study to find out of the island can reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
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Something Good Is Sprouting Up In The School Yard

June 2, 2014 (Edible Hawaiian Islands)—A resurgence of school gardens in Hawai‘i isn’t just connecting students with the joy of getting dirty. The growing renaissance of outdoor learning is bringing a holistic awareness of health and nutrition to students and their families. What the kids learn at school translates into the home, where long-term changes can happen.
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