"Aloha 'aina, malama' aina, ahupua'a style living..."
"Aloha 'aina simply means to love and respect the land, make it yours and claim stewardship for it.

Malama 'aina means to care for and nurture the land so it can give back all we need to sustain life for ourselves and our future generations, and,

An ahupua'a is an ancient concept of resource use and management based on families living in a division of land that connects the mountains to the reefs and the sea."
Puanani Rogers, Team Leader for the Ho`okipa Network

Talking Points
  • Definition as stated by indigenous people
  • Traditional lifestyle
  • Nurture and care for the land
  • Concern for future generations

For native Hawaiians, sustainable development is part of their traditional lifestyle. Groups of families have traditionally lived in areas defined by from the tops of the volcanos ridges down to the sea. Each group maintained a lifestyle that could be supported by the area in which they lived. This definition comes from a speech given by Puanani Rogers, Team Leader for the Ho`okipa Network at a conference at Lihu`e, Kaua'i in Hawaii in October of 1996.
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