UNDA KAVA 808
Makahiki Games and Kava Ceremony
Large percentages of Native Hawaiians, the indigenous peoples of Hawai’i, live and attend under-resourced schools and communities. As a result, Native Hawaiians have the greatest disparities as they face the highest mortality rate, the highest drop out rate, and highest rate of incarceration compared to other ethnic groups in Hawai’i.
Unda Kava 808, Inc. (Popularly called MAʻA, or Makahiki Athletic Association. MAʻA literally means “to be second nature”) is a new 501c3 community based organization seeking to reverse the negative health effects through cultural sports.
MAʻA is a sports-focused, intercultural, interscholastic organization that connects diverse communities through cultural education-based athletic training and competitions in private and public schools.
Impacting over 11,000+ individuals in the area of cultural sports in the past two years on Maui, participants and spectators have received education on the history of Makahiki, studied the rules and techniques of each game and exhibited their skills in friendly competition.