U’ilani Naipo is lineal descendent of Miloliʻi, South Kona, known as “The Last Hawaiian Fishing Village”. Uʻilani currently serves as a voice of the kūpuna seen and unseen, the ʻohana of Miloliʻi, and Kalanihale for the Miloliʻi Community-Based Subsistence Fishing Area (CBSFA) Strategic Team that recently established rules for the Kapalilua district of South Kona. Kalanihale is a grassroots non-profit organization that supports the educational, environmental and cultural well-being of the community Miloliʻi. CBSFA efforts are based on the only law in the State of Hawai’i that allows for the creation of fishing rules “for the purpose of reaffirming and protecting fishing practices customarily and traditionally exercised for the purposes of native Hawaiian subsistence, culture, and religion.”
Traditional fishing practices based on kilo are still practiced by the (no less than) current 5th and 6th generation of ʻohana of Miloliʻi – he mau mauliauhonua. The community of Miloliʻi has long been a leader in making natural resource governance more Hawaiian again and are part of a greater statewide movement for place-based self-determination and reconciliation through natural resource governance and management.