COLONEL ann WRIGHT SPEAKS OF THE DANGERS OF MILITARIZATION on the feb. 3, 2019, cultural access

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Ann Wright, who also spent years as a U.S. diplomat internationally, retired from the U.S. 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. Colonel Wright is a strong supporter of the Mālama Mākua mission.


Lieutenant colonel joe estores SPEAKS OF cultural awakening and healing on the June 1, 2019, cultural access

Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Native Hawaiian, Joe Estores, a Pearl Harbor bombing survivor, was culturally connected to Mākua Cave (Kāneana Cave) as a child and then led live-fire training and bombing of Mākua as a soldier. Kupuna speaks of guilt, forgiveness and the need for the return of Mākua from the U.S. army. To see second part of Kupunaʻs talk, click here.



Aloha mai kākou! Below are the cultural access dates for the upcoming months. Free reservations are made through Eventbrite with links found below. IMPORTANT: If you DO NOT receive a confirmation email shortly after registering for any cultural access, your registration did not go through. Please try again or contact us at

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 5:30 pm, through Sunday, August 18

Update: The registration list for this overnight cultural access is full. We wish we could accommodate more folks, but there are only 40 spots available to us each access. However, there is a Waitlist to join If you are interested in knowing if spots open up. If spots do open up and you are contacted, you will have no more than three hours to claim those spots. The Waitlist will close at 11 pm on Wednesday, August 14.


Mākua Valley is calling and welcoming you home. Hele mai! The next cultural access is a rare OVERNIGHTER where you can sleep in sacred Mākua.

Deadline to register is Wednesday, August 14, at 11 pm.Access participants will check-in at Mākua on Saturday, August 17, at 5:30 pm. The overnight access will conclude at sunset on Sunday, August 18. Since this is a special, overnight access, it is not an access for folks who would only like to come on Sunday. Participants need to plan to attend both Saturday night and Sunday cultural practices. 

Camping will be either in the pavilion or next to the pavilion in the grassy area to the mauka side. Cultural practices will include star gazing and pounding kalo on Saturday night, a hiuwai ceremony before sunrise Sunday morning, followed by a strenuous hike after breakfast. Folks who are not early risers may not want to join the hiuwai ceremony, but would be able to go a hike a few hours later. There will be activities in the pavilion following the hike. 

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 at the tickets link 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, AUGUST 14, to secure the place for you and/or your hui on the list. 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), covered shoes, food to share and a tent, unless there is space in the pavilion or unless you plan to sleep in your car. 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.

Directions: 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 gate is closed and it will be opened for you) and meet in the parking lot, where you will sign in.

Hele mai!


Sunday, August 25, 2019 Registration full

Saturday, September 7, 2019 registration coming

Saturday, September 21, 2019 registration coming

Saturday, October 5, 2019 registration coming

Sunday, October 13, 2019 registration coming

Saturday, November 2, 2019 registration coming

Sunday, November 24, 2019 - Makahiki opening ceremony registration coming

Saturday, December 7, 2019 registration coming

Monday, December 30, 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.