Kuaaina UluAuamo: A Movement for Land, People, Culture, and Justice
Kuaaina UluAuamo (KUA) is a grassroots organization that is working to protect and restore the land, people, culture, and justice of Hawai`i. KUA was founded in 2018 by a group of Native Hawaiians who were concerned about the increasing threats to their homeland.
One of KUA’s main goals is to protect Hawaii’s sacred sites. These sites are important to Native Hawaiians because they are connected to their history, culture, and spirituality. KUA has been successful in protecting several sacred sites, including Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park and the Mauna Kea Observatories.
KUA is also working to restore Hawaii’s natural resources. They have planted thousands of trees, restored native fishponds, and removed invasive species. KUA is committed to creating a more sustainable future for Hawaii.
In 2023, KUA became involved with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is a global organization that is dedicated to the conservation of nature. KUA is working with the IUCN to develop a plan to protect Hawai`i’s unique biodiversity.
KUA is a powerful force for change in Hawaii. They are working to protect the land, people, culture, and justice of Hawaii for generations to come.
Here are some of the ways that KUA is involved with IUCN:
- KUA is a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas. This commission is responsible for developing global standards for the protection of natural areas.
- KUA is working with the IUCN to develop a plan to protect Hawaii’s Marine Protected Areas. These areas are important for the conservation of Hawaii’s marine life.
- KUA is participating in the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. This list identifies species that are at risk of extinction. KUA is working to raise awareness of the threats facing Hawai`i’s endangered species.
KUA’s involvement with IUCN is a significant step forward in the fight to protect Hawaii’s natural resources. With the IUCN’s support, KUA will be able to make a real difference in the conservation of Hawaii’s unique biodiversity.
If you are interested in learning more about KUA or getting involved, please visit their website at https://kuahawaii.org/.