Preservation our Kuleana

  Being born & raised in the islands of Hawai’i there is a sense of pride instilled within me, I feel like I could say the same thing for all the people in Hawai’i whether they were born here or flown here. Magic is all around us, from active volcanoes, snowy mountain caps, luscious green forests, the best surf the world has witnessed to unique animals that call this place home just as we do. Hawai’i may be a tourist destination to a many but for us locals, this is our home. A place we were raised in and will raise future generations in. That is why it is our kuleana (responsibility) to preserve the fragile ecosystem and wildlife our island has blessed us with. We are lucky to have services like the DLNR. The State Historic Preservation Division of DLNR works to preserve and sustain reminders of earlier times which link the past to the present.

  We are lucky to have services like the DLNR. The State Historic Preservation Division of DLNR works to preserve and sustain reminders of earlier times which link the past to the present. Though, it is still up to us in the community to preserve Hawai’i as Hawai’i should be. That may all be subject to perspective and agenda but one thing is for certain if it involves destroying the ecosystem or ruining the habitats of wildlife, it probably isn’t in the best interest of our island’s future.

  From picking up the trash you see on the ground to working in the lo’i. From respecting the sanctuaries of endangered animals to respecting our kapuna. To simply educating yourself and those around you of the island’s culture and history.  A positive step forward is progressing towards a better Hawai’i.

  Defending Hawai’i doesn’t mean you need to be on the front lines of the battle, defending Hawai’i is to do your part no matter the magnitude. It is our kuleana to defend Hawai’i and all that it stands for.

Trumps Budget Proposal & how it may affect Hawai’i

The $1.1 trillion dollar budget proposes cutbacks at several federal agencies, like the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa said within HHS, the Community Service Block Grants or H-Cap as it’s known in Hawaii, would hit the rural areas of the state the most. “What that does is it serves all our underserved communities. For example on the big island it serves the elderly with bus services. So really it’s a major hit.”

The budget eliminates the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s grants and programs for coastal and marine management, research and education. 

The budget proposal is just a proposal and will be discussed amongst Congress in May for approval or rejection.

DESTINY MMA : Fight Night

Going down this Saturday @ the Blaisdell Arena DESTINY: Fight Night. Hawaii’s most exciting MMA Event returns to the arena to kickoff Spring Break. 2 World Title fights headline event with an action packed undercard for all you fight fans. Pre-Sale Tickets starting at just $35. Price goes up day of event, so buy your tickets today, don’t wait. Purchase your tickets at the Blaisdell Box or 


Buy local, by locals. A phrase to live by especially here in Hawai’i. With so many outside influence and traffic coming to our islands it can be easy to get lost in the mix or caught up in the hype. A part of the Defend Hawai’i mission is to #SupportLocal, whether it’s printing locally, providing employment opportunities for local people, supporting local events, keeping the revenue circulating within the community & so forth.

We pride ourselves on creating content relatable to our islands history, culture & lifestyle. Innovative designs or sayings used to perpetuate our culture through high fashion. We never tend to exploit or “pimp” our islands inspiration for the sake of monetary gain or social clout. We aren’t saying other locally owned and operated companies do. What we are saying is we do know there are brands or organizations here in Hawai’i that don’t have the “Buy Local, By Local” mentallity, nor are they from here or plan on keeping the fruits of their labor here circulating through the islands.

We shouldn’t judge nor complain about these acts but the veil needs to be lifted and the people should all know who is really using Hawaiiana inspired art for the betterment of the community or who’s using it to make a profit of the locals.

Supporting local is a key factor to a prospering community. The more we support each other within our communities the greater we all become. Let us all push each other forward and progress. Buy local, by locals!