Pouhana O Na Wahine Update

Members of Pouhana O Na Wahine pictured left to right: Dolly Tatofi, Mililani Martin, Aunty Nanifay Paglinawan, Dayna Schultz, and Rosemond Pettigrew.

Pouhana O Na Wahine is a grassroots organization advocating for Native Hawaiian families who face challenges related to domestic violence and sexual assault, by exercising our inherent sovereign rights as indigenous people of Hawaii. The Board and its members come from the different islands in the Hawaiian chain.

Pouhana O Na Wahine’s Board and members met on the island of Oahu at the Life Source Center in the ahupua’a (land division) of Manoa, on Saturday, February 23, 2019, to continue organizing efforts for the safety of Native Hawaiian’s experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault.

NIWRC has a meeting scheduled with the Pouhana’s Board on August 31 – September 1, 2019 on Oahu, including discussions on national strategies for increasing the safety of Native women, priority areas addressing domestic and gender-based violence against Native Hawaiian women, and exchange opportunities with Indian tribes, tribal coalitions and domestic violence and sexual assault organizations.