The Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana has declared a Wā Hoʻomaha, a period of rest, for our huakaʻi to Kanaloa Kahoʻolawe. The Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana (ʻOhana) holds the utmost concern for the safety of our huakaʻi participants and our collective community that supports Kanaloa Kahoʻolawe and Aloha ʻĀina throughout our Pae ʻĀina ʻo Hawaiʻi. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ʻOhana has made the difficult decision to pause community huakaʻi through February 2021 or until further notice. The possible risk of exposure to participants while together on the island, as well as the potential for participants to expose their own ʻohana and home communities is too great to ignore. Our Lāhui has a history of disproportionate rates of infection and mortalities due to widespread disease. We must be makaʻala and continue to assess the potential dangers of the current pandemic.
As we move through the current time of change, we would like to urge everyone to take this time to care for ourselves, our families, and our communities. We encourage our broader ʻOhana to continue to hold space and pule for Kanaloa Kahoʻolawe and Aloha ʻĀina. We also encourage everyone to seek out Aloha ʻĀina opportunities in your own communities. Please remain safe and healthy, remember to care for our kūpuna and our ʻohana. The Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana reaffirms our commitment to Kanaloa Kahoʻolawe. We look forward to welcoming our extended ʻohana back on the island when it is deemed safe. I ola Kahoʻolawe, I ola ka lāhui, I ola kākou. Aloha.