RETIRED U.S. army COLONEL ann WRIGHT SPEAKS OF THE DANGERS OF MILITARIZATION while on cultural access in sacred mākua

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright, who also spent years as a US diplomat internationally, retired from the military because she did not believe the Iraq war was a just war. She lives on Oʻahu, but now travels the world speaking about the dangers of militarization. She spoke to cultural access participants on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in sacred Mākua.



Aloha mai kākou! Below are the cultural access dates for the upcoming months. Free reservations are made through Eventbrite with links found below. Click here to sign up for our email list to be notified when registration for each cultural access opens.

SunDAY, march 23, 8 AM

Mākua Valley is calling and welcoming you home. Hele mai to sacred Mākua on the next cultural access Saturday, March 23. Connect. Come home. Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 20, at 11 p.m.

Access will begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 23. Access participants will visit kiʻi pōhaku, the petroglyph rock near the front of the valley, and also visit and connect with an ancient site. 

This access is not strenuous, but there is an ascent of about 75 feet near the far end of the route. Please note that there is little to no shade in Mākua.

To get your name or the names of everyone in your hui on the list to be able to come on the access, simply sign up here through Eventbrite. This will just secure your place on the access. Since there are a limited number of spots, please only make reservations if you believe you can go. Names need to match a photo I.D. and need to be registered by 11 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, to secure the place for you and/or your hui on the list. There are only 40 spots available for this access.

If it was up to Mālama Mākua, there might not be a list, but if your name is not on the list, the U.S. army representatives will not let you in the valley, unfortunately. Bring photo I.D. (to check in, no I.D., no go, unfortunately), plenty of water and sunscreen (since it can get hot in Mākua and there is very little shade), a snack (to eat and/or share) and covered shoes. Since this is a cultural access, going barefoot is allowed in certain locations. If you do not have covered shoes with you, though, you will not be able to visit the ancient sites. Minors are welcome and do not need I.D., but will need to be signed in by an adult with a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Take Farrington Highway past Wai'anae, past Mākaha, and toward Ka'ena. There will be a gate about a quarter mile past Kaneana Cave (Mākua Cave) on the mauka side of Farrington Highway. Just inside the gate is a parking lot. Enter through the gate (honk your horn if the gate is closed and it will be opened for you) and meet in the parking lot, where you will sign in.

Hele mai!



Saturday, April 6, 2019 registration coming

Thursday, April 18, 2019 registration coming

Start times for the cultural access will be determined a couple weeks before each access. Cultural accesses are led by Mālama Mākua and participants will need to be at Mākua at the start time to be able to go on the access.

Mahalo nunui!


Waiʻanae and Mākua Valley: Environmental Dangers, Destruction and Restoration

Much of this video is devoted to Mālama Mākua founding member Sparky Rodrigues giving a presentation on the dangers and degradation to the ʻĀina due to militarization on the Waiʻanae Coast, with Mākua as a centerpiece of his talk, at the Aloha ʻĀina EAducational Weekend in Keaʻau in May 2018. Listen for Uncle Sparky telling of the old definition of ʻĀina, as was taught to him. The last 40 minutes of the video are excerpts from interviews of Mākua as a special and sacred place and why Mākua needs to be cleaned up, protected and returned. The interviews were part of Kourtney Keohuhuʻs Mākua Stories and were recorded during the Hoʻolauleʻa on Mākua Beach that celebrated the 10th anniversary of PEACE (no live-fire training) in the valley in 2014.

Contents of the video include: “Mākua Live,” 0:00 - 2:47; presentation by Sparky Rodrigues of Mālama Mākua at Aloha ‘Āina EAducational Weekend, 02:48 - 46:17; Mālama Mākua Ho‘olaule‘a celebrating 10 years of PEACE in Mākua, 46:18 - until pau. Aggregate edit by Oren Tsutsumi.

“Mākua Live” by Sparky Rodrigues with music by Kyle Kajihiro. “Waiʻanae and Mākua Valley: Environmental Dangers, Destruction and Restoration,” a presentation by Sparky Rodrigues at the 2018 Aloha ‘Āina EAducational Weekend. Video by Oren Tsutsumi. “Mālama Mākua Ho‘olaule‘a celebrating 10 years of PEACE in Mākua” excerpted from Mākua Stories by Kourtney Keohuhu.


Robi Kahakalau, along with Kimié and Paula Fuga, sings her signature song “Mākua” to close out an amazing and mana-filled day at Mākua on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Non-profits Nā Kama Kai, Sustainable Coastlines and Protectors of Paradise, along with Mālama Mākua, opened the day at 9 am with a clean-up of Mākua Beach with an estimated 800-plus folks fanning out along the mile-long beach. A Celebration of 15 Years of Peace in Mākua (no military live-fire training) began under the big tent set up in the Kulaʻilaʻi parking lot next to Mākua Beach at noon with incredible speakers and mele. A star-studded, three-plus hour concert then followed at 3 pm, featuring Nā Hoku Hanohano award winners Kimié, Mike Love, Paula Fuga and Sistah Robi, among others.