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 has 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 right of democracy.

Direct Action

  • Stopping the Public Land Development Corporation

  • Mauna Kea Protection from Industrial Development

  • Pesticide disclosure laws demanded by chemical agriculture

  • Living wage and affordable housing

  • Workshops

Working to effect change in a way that makes "nobody wrong"  

is happening through collaborative community projects and visionary forums.

Building Community

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.


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

Why We Need Change

What We Can Do

Understanding Hawaiian History

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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