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New website helps people learn more about protecting community rights

Keoni Alvarez

Have you ever spent time trying to connect with the right government agency if you had a question about community rights or protecting cultural resources?

If so, there’s a new website that can help save you some time.

Local volunteer Ann Marie Kirk put it together after she found a need for a variety of information.

“Sometimes when you get a community project or you get a community issue, like say an ocean access is blocked, you don’t know who to call, who you’re supposed to get in touch with, what the laws are in place," she said. "You find yourself calling multiple numbers, trying to find everything on the internet and it’s so time-consuming and frustrating."

"The idea was to create a website that you can find all the different things you need — and the things that you can do. So I just hope it will be helpful for community members," Kirk told HPR.

The website just went online this week at kokuaneeded.org. Kirk gave a big mahalo to the League of Women Voters on Oʻahu for their support.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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