Aha Moku

"Unlike western land and ocean use practices, the 'Aha Moku system is based on observational knowledge that provides a management system of proper stewardship of both land and ocean resources. Land use was determined by the availability of wai ola (life-giving water).

Mokupuni O Maui

Mokupuni O Maui
Hawaiian terms for land divisions such as mokupuni, moku, and ahupua'a are given to these land and ocean areas. This map of Maui names and delineates the Moku land divisions. Each of these districts is know by its natural feature, place names and environmental conditions. Specific areas have diverse natural resources and are therefore managed in different ways. The 'Aha Moku system is the foundation which provides kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) a lifetime reverence for self-sustainability. For kanaka maoli, this system continues today and into the future. Wao Akua, Wao Kele, Wao Kanaka, 'Ae Kai, Kai Malolo, and Kai Uli are examples of designated management zones to assure that proper practices, uses and care are established within each moku/ahupua'a.
Credit: National Park Service, Haleakala National Park Guide

Aha Moku Code / Civil Code

All visitors to the shoreline are asked to respect these expectations. Although the codes of conduct differ between regions on each island they can all be thought of as related to an overall approach of acting “pono”, translated to English loosely as, “doing what is right”. They fit with the Do’s and Don’ts listed on our Stewardship page. The following is a good example of a Native Hawaiian based Code of Conduct for proper use of a shoreline area and access.

  • Avoid walking on or over rock piles, tumbled rock or rock walls as they may be archeological features
  • Clean up after your pet
  • Dispose of trash properly off-site
  • Do not climb over fences
  • No camping
  • No drugs or alcohol
  • No firearms
  • No open fires
  • No smoking
  • Park vehicles in the designate area only
  • People come here for quite enjoyment, please keep lights and music contained
  • Respect other visitors
  • Stay on worn paths
  • Leave all rocks, shells and coral where they are found