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Hawaiians for the Conservation of Native Ecosystems
Nā Hawai‘i no ka Mālama Kaiaola Maoli

‘Ahahui Mālama I Ka Lōkahi is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization first created by native Hawaiians who recognize that Hawaii's unique native plants, animals, and ecosystems represent a vital cultural resource in danger of extinction. We believe that Hawaii's native ecosystems provide the cultural heart of its people, the basis for traditional material culture, and make the strong Hawaiian connection to the land unique in the world.

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Ryder Onopa
1987 - 2017

Aloha ‘oe to our dear friend, Ryder Onopa, MD. He was one of the most extraordinary human beings! A rising star at the eastern horizon by which we set our bearings towards aloha, compassion, caring, humbleness and a deep commitment to the well-being of the human and the natural world. He was a natural-born healer well beyond the "MD" tag that followed his name. To be around him and his positive visions, ideas, thoughts and actions were healing. He did not have to spend time defining "Aloha" because he was "Aloha" by his nature and more importantly, by his actions.

There is deep sadness to have lost his physical presence. We feel so honored that he came into our lives and inspired us during his short 30 years on this earth. We will continue our good work at Na Pohaku o Hauwahine and Kawainui with Ryder's spirit ever-present.

Honolulu Star Advertiser, 8/24/2017

To practice, promote, and perpetuate a modern native Hawaiian conservation ethic
That provides for a healthy Hawaiian ecosystem
Nurtured by human communities and
Serving as a model for local and global resource management.


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