Nov 18

ʻAimalama Symposium- October 3-5, 2014

10-3-2014Aimalama-groupOn October 3-5, 2014, LAMA (Loli ʻAniau, Makaʻala ʻAniau) hosted practitioners and community educators from throughout Hawai’i in an intensive 2-day symposium to explore how observation of the lunar phases effectively enhances their work.  Hailing from Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Māui, and Hawaiʻi Island with kuleana working towards a return to the sustainable practices of our kūpuna, the hui shared about their work in their communities.  Detailing the successes of their mālama ‘āina efforts within the context of sustainability and community empowerment, they discussed how these culturally-rooted initiatives and perspectives present the unique opportunity to reconnect with Kaulana Mahina (the lunar calendar).  All invited participants are already contributing to lunar practice or are considering using it in some way.

The group came together to lay the foundation for an upcoming Pacific-wide Kaulana Mahina conference in Fall of 2015.  The group envisions the gathering will engage practitioners and the larger community with the primary goals of enhancing knowledge, skills, and attitudes regarding traditional knowledge, food security, and re-adaptation to a changing climate.  With a focus on KILO (observation) as the foundation of sustainable practice, the 2015 conference will seek to inspire the public to take action within their own communities towards sustainable systems, attitudes, and practice with Kaulana Mahina as the guiding force.

Participants presented their observations of how mahina affects their work in ʻāina or kai-based resource management from the loʻi to the loko iʻa.  Under facilitation by renowned Kaulana Mahina practitioner Kalei Nuʻuhiwa, participants included representatives from Paepae o Heʻeia, Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy, Hale o Lono Loko Iʻa, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Kōkua Kalihi Valley, the Kahoʻolawe Island Reserve Commission, Conservation International – Hawaiʻi Fish Trust, the Kama ʻAha Education Initiative, Ka Honua Momona, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and community-driven schools and academic departments from the UH system.  Engaging discussion followed each presentation as participants offered insight from their fields of expertise and shared resources to further enhance the work.

To learn more about the ʻAimalama Symposium and LAMAʻs work in the community, visit http://islandclimate.net/projects/lamaku-naauao/aimalama-symposium-oct-2014/.

 

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Sep 19

MAHALO! Sept 9th HŌʻĀ I KA LAMA a success!

tag_hoaikalama_1402723836Mahalo nui loa to everyone that participated in our 2nd HŌʻĀ I KA LAMA “lights out” event!  It was a GORGEOUS evening to spend time with loved ones, marvel at the wonders of our natural world, and delight in activities that did not require the flip of a switch.

We were reminded, if only for one evening, that happiness and aloha is not dependent on energy consumption or industry or consumerism, but that our relationships with each other and our natural world is indeed the light and energy that sustains us.  Internalizing this truth is truly empowering, testament that we are who we need, and that much of what we consider “comforts of home” can be replicated without very much effort.  By being conscious of our energy use, together we are already making an impact!

The September 9th event hosted almost 300 participants from throughout ka pae ʻāina Hawaiʻi, the continental US, and beyond.  Highlights of our outreach included UH-Mānoa students, as well as joining forces with Hālau Kū Māna (HKM) Public Charter School students and families in a schoolwide effort to reduce home energy use.  HKM’s ʻOhana Energy Survey challenges families at home to decrease their household energy consumption in competition with the schoolʻs own monthly electricity bill ~ such an innovative way to bring awareness to individual changes in behavior!

Mahalo also to those who participated in the Instagram/Social Media Challenge ~ we received so many amazing images of folks engaged by candlelight, moonlight, and inner light!  The LAMA Team will be announcing the winners of the challenge (2 total) very soon.
Nov 6th is our next “lights out” event to HŌʻĀ I KA LAMA and we love it that ʻohana continue to be energy-conscious on a day-to-day basis.

You can keep abreast of LAMA’s work and projects at www.islandclimate.net ~ we have some exciting projects and events in the works!  Or continue to follow us and like us on our social media pages- FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram  @kilohonua.

Me ke aloha,

The LAMA Team

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Sep 01

Hōʻā i ka lama on Sep 9

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A call to our global community to “Hōʻā i ka lama” (ignite the torch) on the next full moon (September 9, 2014), turning our attention to the night sky to show our collective support for the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, to raise awareness around the global issue of climate change, and encourage simple, conscious efforts to mālama ʻāina (care for the land). The September 9th full moon will be celebrated as the last of the year, bigger and brighter than usual.For more information-Website-  http://hoaikalama.com

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Sep 01

LAMA at First Stewards 2014 Symposium in Washington DC

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Malia Nobrega-Olivera, LAMA Director and HSHK Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, was invited to participate in the First Stewards 2014 Symposium in Washington DC.  The theme for this years symposium was “United  Indigenous  Voices  Address Sustainability: Climate  Change  & Traditional  Places”.  Malia spoke on the Rights and Responsibilities panel that discussed the following-
“Indigenous communities have used certain places that have special meaning to them for a long time, and perform duties and tasks in these places because they are morally right or legally required. The Rights and Responsibilities Panel addresses the question of: What should indigenous communities be morally or legally allowed to have, get or do in regards to these places, particularly in light of the long-term change in the earth’s climate?”

This was a great opportunity to network with other colleagues and to create new partnerships for HSHK.  Participants included industry, policy, and indigenous leaders from the continental U.S., American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and Hawaiʻi.

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Sep 01

22nd Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference

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LAMA Director and HSHK Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement, Malia Nobrega-Olivera recently spoke at the 22nd Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference- “Navigating Change in the Pacific Islands” on a plenary panel on July 17, 2014.  The panel participants included
Governor Neil Abercrombie, Ambassador Ronny Jumeau of the Seychelles, Representative Chris Lee.  The panel was titled “Navigating Change: A Dialogue with Island Leaders on Climate Change”  Malia spoke on her unique work both at the local and global levels on issues around climate resilience for indigenous peoples and women.

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Click here to learn more about the 22nd Annual Hawai’i Conservation Conference

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