Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo
Kevin Chang is the Executive Director of Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo a capacity building and network facilitation mechanism for rural and Native Hawaiian community driven natural-cultural resource management initiatives. Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo (KUA) means “grassroots growing through shared kuleana (responsibility)” the acronym KUA means backbone. KUA was called into creation in 2011 by a statewide network of grassroots rural and Native Hawaiian community mālama ʻāina groups called E Alu Pū (“move forward together”).
Today KUA supports three mālama ʻāina (to care for that which feeds) networks - E Alu Pῡ, Hui Mālama Loko Iʻa and the Limu Hui- that today touch on approximately 70 regions across the state. KUA is an inaugural IUCN Indigenous Peoples Organization and Kevin sits on the IUCN CEESP Steering Committee and Co-Chairs the Theme on Culture Spirituality and Conservation.