Members, living in Hawaii's largest houseless community, are depending on traditional subsistence strategies for sustaining their village, Pu‘uhonua ‘O Wai‘anae. Leaders have established partnerships in order to build their capacity in establishing a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, obtaining funding, meeting the basic needs of community members, and establishing sovereignty for preventing police removal. I serve as one such partner. The following describes our relationship as well as the ways in which I bridge activism with teaching. I detail how I and others, at the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu, involve learning community students in an overall movement for social justice throughout Hawai'i that addresses homelessness, land restoration, and both food and political sovereignty.

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