ABOUT US

The hand of Mālama Mākua cultural practitioner Leandra Wai-Rodrigues still guides us, even though Puna Leandra passed from this physical realm in 2016.

The hand of Mālama Mākua cultural practitioner Leandra Wai-Rodrigues still guides us, even though Puna Leandra passed from this physical realm in 2016.

WHAT WE SEE, what we are

Some look at Mākua, a sacred valley on Oʻahu's Waiʻanae Coast that is home to endangered species of plants and animals and more than 120 known ancient cultural sites, and see a perfect place to practice war by dropping bombs and firing bullets. But we say: ʻAʻOLE!  We look at sacred Mākua, where Earth mother Papa and sky father Wākea created human life, and see a breathtaking wahi pana (legendary place, often sacred) that is vital to the Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) culture, and thereby vital to all of the Hawaiian archipelago, for without Kānaka Maoli, there would be no Hawaiʻi. Mālama Mākua, organized in 1996, strives for the preservation, community access to and return of Mākua Valley, which has been occupied by the U.S. army since World War II, for culturally appropriate use. The non-profit organization hosts free cultural accesses to ancient and culturally-vital sites in sacred Mākua twice each month. All are welcome. Come home to Mākua.


Mālama Mākuaʻs Vince Kanaʻi Dodge, Sparky Rodrigues, and Lynette Cruz (appearing in that order) share manaʻo about sacred Mākua and the mission of Mālama Mākua in sacred Mākua Valley in this short film by Erin Sitt.


DOWN TO EARTH: DAVID HENKIN  TALKS STORY ABOUT SACRED MĀKUA

Click on the audio player below to listen to an interview from 2012 with Earthjustice attorney David Henkin, who represents Mālama Mākua, to learn of the history of Mālama Mākua, an organization that was formed in 1996.

Click here for a transcript of the interview, as well as links to Earthjustice press releases which provide additional information.