Kulani update: puuhonua legal meeting, ag RFP issued

Palikapu Dedman, Ohana Hoopakele president (right) and Bill Chang (left), taken from Occupy Hawaii video.

HAWAII ISLAND – Continuing their fight to bring a pu’uhonua to the site of the soon to be restored Kulani Correctional Facility, Ohana Ho’opakele invited UH law professor Bill Chang to discuss legal issues at a recent meeting. Ohana Ho’opakele has filed a complaint challenging the state’s Final Environmental Assessment on the reactivation of the […]

Lawsuit challenges lack of Puuhonua at new Kulani prison

Top left:  James Albertini, Samuel Kaleleiki and Ronald Fujiyoshi. Bottom left: Palikapu Dedman and Nohea Crutcher

HAWAII ISLAND – Ohana Ho`opakele, the group seeking to create a pu’uhonua at the soon to be reinstated Kulani Correctional Facility, has filed a complaint challenging the state’s Final Environmental Assessment on the reactivation of the prison. According to an Ohana Ho’opakele media release: …the organization and individuals Palikapu Dedman, Ronald Fujiyoshi, James Albertini, Nohea […]

VIDEO: Palikapu Dedman’s angry geothermal speech

Palikapu Dedman speaks against geothermal and its impact on his religion

PAHOA, Hawaii – Palikapu Dedman, an outspoken opponent of geothermal industry and leader of the Pele Defense Fund, spoke at the end of Saturday’s “Save Pohoiki” informational meeting at the Akebono Theater in Pahoa, and his speech may have stolen the show. It was an angry, 25 minute talk by a Hawaiian man who says […]

VIDEO: State plans to re-open Kulani


NOTE: This story was produced for our TV program on Na Leo o Hawaii and uploaded to YouTube in January 2013, but it was only posted to our website in December 2013 as a part of our Best of 2013 series. HAWAII ISLAND – Up on the remote slopes of Mauna Loa, at the end […]

Hawaii Governor signs local farming bills, includes puuhonua

HONOLULU, Hawaii: Governor Neil Abercrombie signed a number of bills into law on Friday, many of them pertaining to local agriculture, and some directly involving Hawaii Island, like House Bill 2848 which seeks to create a Hawaiian puuhonua – of sorts. FRIDAY, July 15, 2012 – Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed a number of measures […]

Ohana Ho’opakele’s hosts ho’olaulea for pu’uhonua

MAKU’U, Hawaii: Ohana ho’opakele is throwing a Ho’olaulea fundraiser in the hopes of raising money to plan and build a Pu’uhonua and Hawaiian healing center on the Big Island as an alternative to prison. Bill HB 2848 SD2, which passed the 2012 Hawaii State legislature, requires Department of Public Safety to plan for a model […]

Push for Hawaiian pu’uhonua continues after success at legislature

PUNA, Hawaii: After a success at the state legislature, the efforts to create a Native Hawaiian pu’uhonua at Kulani move forward with the ‘Ohana Ho’opakele’s Ho’olaulea on May 26th. Jim Albertini of the Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action passed along this information on the event, to be held at Makuu Farmers Market: […]