Ka Mauli Hou is based on the fundamental belief that “my life is dependent on yours; your life is dependent on mine” – the psyche and life ways of native Hawaiians.
This belief permeates not only familial relationships but also relationships between the people of Hawaiʻi and the natural world. As younger siblings to the land and water, native Hawaiian hold that these broad familial relationships entail a deep respect and sense of responsibility, which is sustained by the recognition that all life and the physical environment are sacred and this sacredness sustains life.
Ka Mauli Hou envisions a future for Hawaiʻi where the relationships that define and link cultural and ecological resources are honored as sacred and whole; where Hawaiian nature and culture flourish through enhanced stewardship of traditional practices and beliefs; where health of her native ecosystems and culture are protected, restored and sustained through inclusive efforts led by her own people filling meaningful and fulfilling educational, career and leadership positions.
To achieve and sustain this vision, a partnership of diverse entities engaging in restoration, conservation and cultural outreach has been assembled, including Native Hawaiian (EKF, Kamehameha Schools, Office of Hawaiian Affairs), Federal (USDA Forest Service – IPIF and Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDC National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USDI Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service, USGS Biological Resources Division – PIERC), State (Hawai’i Division of Aquatic Resources, Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife, Lyon Arboretum, University of Hawaiʻi), and Non-Governmental Organizations (American Society of Landscape Architects, Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Center for Plant Conservations, Hawaiʻi Agricultural Research Center, Hawai’i Conservation Alliance, Landscape Industry Council of Hawaiʻi, National Tropic Botanical Gardens, The Natural Capital Project, The Nature Conservancy, and Watershed Professionals Network).