A Message From the Mayor
Aloha and welcome to Kauaʻi’s newest educational mission: Kauaʻi Nui Kuapapa—Talking About Our Island, which is created for our local community and can also be utilized by visitors and by all those interested in the history and culture of Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau.
My Holo Holo 2020 vision, calls for all organizations, businesses, residents and visitors on Kauaʻi to be part of creating an island that is sustainable, values our native culture, has a thriving and healthy economy, cares for all—keiki to kupuna—and has a responsible and user-friendly local government. Kauaʻi Nui Kuapapa fits perfectly into this plan as it provides an incredible resource of information of where we come from and how we operated and identified with our surroundings when we were in fact living a sustainable lifestyle on this island.
There is incredible knowledge locked up in the original place names that exist around Kauaʻi. There is also substantial benefit to knowing how Moku and Ahupuaʻa land divisions according to availability of its natural resources originally divided the island. This project is designed to help us unlock that information and share it with our community so that we can use it to help us make good decisions into the future.
Uniquely Kauaʻi, the historical Moku and Ahupuaʻa land management system was established by Kauaʻi’s King Manokalanipō in the 1400s. Today this project recognizes Moku and Ahupuaʻa of the era of King Kaumuali‘i’s reign and from it we continue to honor Kaua‘i's old and unique culture. We will use this information to support Kaua‘i’s modern-day identity, while always integrating our multi-ethnic and diverse population as one large ‘ohana.
It is my hope that this project will allow the people of Kaua‘i County to become more informed about their respective Moku and Ahupua‘a through Kaua‘i Nui Kuapapa and that this knowledge will continue to support our community to become more informed in participating in various aspects of society, including social issues, issues related to environment, agriculture, economy, culture, and development.
Mahalo to the Nā Hōkū Welo team from the bottom of my heart for all of their hard work, patience and perseverance in helping us get this project up and running.
Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr.
Mayor, County of Kaua‘i