BEST HAWAIIAN ACTIVIST
In the Kaua’ula Valley above Lahaina, Jonah Ke’eaumoku Kapu and his family farm taro and care for the land pretty much as his family has done for many generations. As a Hawaiian with a strong understanding and commitment to his people’s rights and struggles, Kapu has no peer. His most public role right now is as leader of Kuleana Ku’ikahi, an organization fighting developers from continuing their practice of building luxury estates on the ancient farmlands mauka of Olowalu and Launiupoko—land zoned for agricultural uses only. He’s also in the middle of a five-year term as member of the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission—an ideal setting for his unique and thoughtful perspective on history and land development.
runner-up (tie): uncle charlie maxwell/banyan tree preacher (ap)