Activism and Community Development

Hawaii has become a vibrant place for social activism.  There is strident tension between large corporate interests, the people who fiercely protect the land and island way of life, those caught in the middle who are dependent on their jobs, and the Kingdom of Hawaii that did not agree to statehood. Social media and the internet have played a strong role in educating and unifying the islands of Hawaii in working together to steer the loyalties of our government away from heavy service to off-island interests toward demanding our policy priorities to be placed on the people who live here in the islands. The re-emergence of spoken Hawaiian language has revealed a forgotten history of empowerment. We have a multi-cultural population that is both diverse and blended. The infrastructure and desired conveniences of the modern world are expensive and hard to support with our small population scattered on a rural island.  Powerful movements are underway.

Direct action through the courts, marches and initiatives are helping the people reclaim the rights of democracy.

Frustration at having a lesser seat at the table has reached a level that people are marching in the streets and organizing at unified levels.


  • Public Land Development Corporation was repealed

  • Mauna Kea Protection from Industrial Development

  • Pesticide disclosure laws demanded by chemical agriculture ~ though defeated in court

  • Living wage and affordable housing

  • Resisting the TransPacific Partnership agreement

  • Kanaka Maoli resisting the U.S. Dept. of Interior 

  • Over-development

  • Water Rights


Working to effect change in a way that makes "nobody wrong" is happening through collaborative community projects and visionary forums.

Kauaʻi is blessed with a good range of non-profit efforts that often collaborate with each other but all work for making our island a beautiful place.


Kauaʻi also has a number of agriculture programs, drug recovery, food pantries, social services and service organizations. Here are a few examples in the slide show:

Building Community

World Peace and Prayer Day, June 21, 2017

We had the blessing of Chief Arvol Looking Horse call into our KKCR program last year discussing Standing Rock. This video is a call to prayer action on June 21st. Its message is important to quell the distress and in-fighting that can happen amongst the people awakening to the fact that humanity is on a profoundly destructive path.

Kauaʻi Humane Society

Nathan Winograd provides a presentation on Kauai 6/26/16 on how to restructure animal shelters into successful No Kill (low-kill) life affirming place that is effective at animal placement and sterilization, and cost effective as well. This is a growing trend in the United States with positive examples from urban areas to poor rural communities.

Office of the County Council - County of Kauaʻi

4396 Rice Street, Suite 209, Lihuʻe, Kauaʻi, HI 96766 

Office Phone: 808-241-4092 / Fax: 808-241-6349 

Cell Phone: 808-652-4363

Felicia Cowden Ohana

4191 Kilauea Road, Kilauea, HI 96754

Cell Phone: 808-652-4363