Mahalo 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