Jun 05

Hōʻā i ka LAMA! June 13, 2014 “Lights Out” Event

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“Hōʻā i ka Lama”, An Event To Support The Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage,

Raise Awareness About Climate Change and to Mālama ʻĀina

A call to our global community to “Hōʻā i ka lama” (ignite the torch)on the next full moon (June 13, 2014), turning our attention to the night sky to show our collective support for the 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).

Inspired by Earth Hour, a worldwide “lights out” movement uniting millions of people around the simple act of turning off their use of electricity as a symbolic act to show their awareness and care for the planet, Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau (Climate Change, Climate Alert) or “LAMA” project housed within Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, encourages you to join us in ‘TURNING IT ON BY TURNING IT OFF’, from sundown on June 13th until sun rise on June 14th.

Why a “lights out” event? According to the recently released report, The Third National Climate Assessment, “The majority of the warming at the global scale over the past 50 years can only be explained by the effects of human influences, especially the emissions from burning fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) and from deforestation”. [i]  “The combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity is the single source of CO2 emissions in the nation [United States]”.[ii]  Completely eliminating (or significantly decreasing) the use of electricity during the Hōʻā i ka lama event is another step forward in curbing our over-dependence on fossil fuels and channeling our human propensity to live, love, and thrive in a world powered by local, renewable energy sources.

What does it mean to “Turn it ON by turning it off”?  Turn it on refers to that knowledge torch that we all carry within us that have been passed on to us by our kupuna (elders) and to channel our collective energy towards a sustainable future.

“LAMA believes that individual changes in behavior have the power to affect global change that will protect Mother Earth for generations to come.  It is our hope that this small action will inspire our communities to support clean energy initiatives and return to a way of life supported by the guiding principle of mālama ʻāina and living in balance with nature,” says Malia Nobrega-Olivera, LAMA Director and Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement Specialist.

What will my family do when the lights are out?  We have lots of ideas, such as going outside and teaching one another about the stars and moon phases, gathering your ʻohana and sending good energy to our navigators on the Mālama Honua voyage, having a moonlit dinner, planning a picnic with your loved ones, planting a garden with the moon cycle, making music, etc.  Visit our website to learn what others are planning for the Hōʻā i ka lama event and how this initiative contributes to other LAMA projects, such as the “Lamakū Naʻauao” project funded by the Kresge Foundation to help build the capacity of the Native Hawaiian community to participate in decision-making and plans to adapt Hawaiʻi’s food and energy systems to the impacts of climate change.

How can my ʻohana (family), business, organization, and community participate?  We are asking everyone to make a pledge on our website, plan an event, and to help us share this message with friends and family worldwide through your social media networks.  Take a picture or video of your action and share it with us on Instagram (#hoaikalama), FaceBook, and Twitter.  We will also be having an Instagram Challenge and offering prizes too.

For more information-

Website-  http://hoaikalama.com

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/kilohonua

Twitter- @kilohonua

Instagram- @kilohonua #hoaikalama  #islandclimate

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Feb 07

ROOTS ~ RESILIENCE ~ ROMANCE : February 14, 2014 10am


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ROOTS ~ RESILIENCE ~ ROMANCE is an event to stand for women and climate justice.  Women are key to sustainable solutions.  When women farmers are empowered, we will see food security.  Join us to learn more about the impacts of climate change and solutions for a sustainable future.  Share your message on a poster, participate in our social media campaign, and receive a FREE Native plant (food, medicinal, and love plants will be available), taro huli, or seeds to cultivate with your special someone.  Weaving and other cultural demonstrations will be showcased.

This event is a collaboration between LAMA, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, PacificRISA, Ka Papa Loʻi o Kānewai, UHM Sustainability Council, Hawaiʻi Institute for Human Rights and other faculty, staff, and students from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

For more info contact-

Malia at nobrega@hawaii.edu
Micky at mickyhuihui@gmail.com
(808) 956-3895

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Sep 24

33 Million Strong, Women Form Unprecedented Alliance to Take Bold Action on Climate Change and Sustainability



For Immediate Release:  September 24, 2013 www.iweci.org

Contact:  Celia Alario, +1.310.721.6517 or Tania Hack +1.805.280.1786; media@iweci.org

Bios and quotes from participating delegates:  http://www.iweci.org/summit-delegates

Photos available:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/101097407@N04/

Video of Summit Proceedings:  http://www.youtube.com/user/IWECI?feature=watch

B-Roll Available Upon Request


33 Million Strong, Women Form Unprecedented Alliance


Declaration and Action Agenda Takes on Climate Change and Promotes Sustainability Solutions


New York— Unlikely partnerships, meaningful policy, reaching beyond the choir, gender equality and a commitment to bold action were all on the agenda as 100+ women from around the world gathered in New York for three days of dialogue and deliberation at the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit.  Emerging from the gathering, a burgeoning collaborative of organizations with a combined reach of 33 million women and men is now poised to become a major force in the climate and sustainability movements.

From indigenous leaders to former heads of state, from scientists to pioneers in fields of renewable energy, business and policy, the Summit was a who’s who of women leaders from the Global South and the Global North.  This diverse cohort of delegates found unity around a ‘Declaration Statement for Urgent Action on Climate Change and Sustainability Solutions’ and laid the foundation for a Women’s Climate Action Agenda to be finalized in the coming weeks.  The Agenda builds upon the core concepts of the Rights of Women, the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Rights of Nature, and the Rights of Future Generations, addressing issues ranging from the protection of oceans and fresh water to divestment from fossil fuels and putting a high price on carbon.  See the full text of the Declaration here:  http://www.iweci.org/uploads/cke_documents/IWECI_declaration_FA.pdf

“Women have the knowledge to create the change we know the world needs. We are framing our own powerful Women’s Climate Action Agenda, working beyond the United Nations and other policy structures to reach new constituencies committed to protecting the earth and future generations,” said Osprey Orielle Lake, Co-Founder of the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative (IWECI), which hosted the Summit.

“Women are gathering in great numbers with an unstoppable resolve, because what’s happening at the international policy level on climate change is not equivalent to the urgency we are facing,” said Sally A. Ranney, Co-Founder of the IWECI.  “We are putting the world on notice: no more delays.  We call for policies that protect our live-giving air, water, soils, forests and oceans.  Violence against the earth and future generations is no longer tolerable:  It’s time to stop the chemical warfare against nature,” Ranney said.

“We represent a constituency of 33 million women and men, already mobilized and ready to take action. We vote, we march, we petition, we have purchasing power.  We will be heard and we will make change, so that future generations can have a livable planet,” Ranney added.

“Our Summit delegates included accomplished leaders in their fields who, though lesser known outside of their home countries, are major figures who rarely have the opportunity to converse together at this level.  The result is an unprecedented collaboration, representing 33 million women and men around the world that are fiercely dedicated to a just transition to a clean energy future and to transforming how we are living with the earth and each other,” Lake added.

The IWECI Summit occurred at a critical juncture in the debate over addressing climate change, with Climate Week and the United Nations General Assembly sessions in New York, and as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) prepares to release its much anticipated 5th Assessment Report.  Summit delegates committed to building momentum for substantive action on, increased funding for and the meaningful policy changes necessary to address the global climate crisis.

Ranging from small regional groups to large organizations with constituencies of hundreds of thousands, the combined reach of Summit collaborators represents a substantial boost to civil society movements mobilizing around climate change with a commitment to gender equity.  In addition to the Declaration, Summit delegates took their first collective action yesterday, committing to a Women’s Global Day of Action on Climate in 2014.  Additionally delegates signed a letter to US President Barack Obama urging him to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline (http://tarsandssolutions.org/member-blogs/global-women-leaders-send-president-obama-a-clear-message), an appeal to United Nations and World Bank officials to reject REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) http://no-redd.com/oppose-redd/, and calling on Ecuadorian leaders to protect the Yasuni National Park and uphold its Rights of Nature provisions (see www.amazonwatch.org).

Over the coming weeks Summit delegates will finalize the Women’s Climate Action Agenda and plan for collective actions in 2014.  The group is committed to bringing in a whole new constituency of women (and men) who have yet to engage on climate in their communities.


About IWECI:  IWECI engages women grassroots activists, Indigenous and business leaders, policy makers and culture-shapers in collaboration. Our goal is to stop the escalation of climate change and environmental and community degradation, while accelerating the implementation of sustainability solutions through women’s empowerment, partnerships, hands-on trainings, advocacy campaigns, and political, economic, social and environmental action. www.iweci.org on Twitter @IWECI

For more information and bookings please contact Celia Alario or Tania Hack, media@iweci.org  +1.310.721.6517)  Audio of our Media Briefing event in advance of the Summit can be heard at: http://www.iweci.org/news


Summit Working Groups and areas of focus for the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit, and the Women’s Climate Action Agenda:

1- Renewable Energy, Efficiency, Green Business, Cities, Lifestyles, Eco-villages

2- Forests, Seeds, Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity

3- Fresh Water, Oceans, Climate Science

4- Rights of Nature, Indigenous Peoples, Earth Community Economy

5- Stories, Media and Messaging — Communicating Climate Change, Solutions and New Cultural Narratives

6- Organizing Women in the Climate Movement/ Women and Climate Policy

7- Tar Sands, Pipelines, Fracking, Fossil Fuel Resistance, Fossil Fuel Divestment

8- Climate Finance, Carbon Fee, Financial Transaction Tax

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Sep 20

Native Hawaiian Woman Joins a Powerful Cohort of Women Leaders at the International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit

September 20, 2013
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A Native Hawaiian woman from Hanapēpē, Kauaʻi, Director of Strategic Partnerships of UH Mānoa’s Loli Aniau, Makaʻala Aniau (LAMA) program, joins a powerful cohort of women leaders from 35+ countries in New York from September 20-23, 2013 to take bold action on climate change and craft a Women’s Climate Action Agenda.

The first International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit will be completing this agenda and the women gathered in New York include a mix of business leaders, former heads of state, scientists, government official, indigenous leaders, activists, teachers, community organizers and culture shapers.  Participants include: Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary to the UNFCCC; Marina Silva, former Brazilian Minister of Environment; Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland; Dr. Jane Goodall, Dame of the British Empire, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messenger of Peace; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams; Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist; May Boeve, 350.org Executive Director; Dr. Vandana Shiva and leaders from Global Gender Climate Alliance, Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), 1 Million Women, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and other grassroots organizations.  (See a full list of Summit delegates here: http://www.iweci.org/summit-delegates )

Malia Nobrega-Olivera is currently in New York to attend the summit as an official delegate, a co-chair of the Summit Working Group on Rights of Nature, Indigenous Peoples, Earth Community Economy, and a presenter on a panel regarding women and traditional ecological knowledge.

“Salt makers on the island of Kauaʻi are experiencing first-hand the impacts climate change has on our traditional practice.  This year is the second time in my lifetime that my ʻohana (family) has not been able to produce paʻakai (salt).  The puna (wells) are overflowing and flooding our salt making area.  We are taught by our kupuna (elders) that if there is any flooding in the area, like during the winter season, that we are not to enter in.  What will we do if we are not able to make paʻakai? What will happen to this unique cultural practice that only exists on Kauaʻi?  I’m here to learn from other women leaders, to share ideas, and to implement critical sustainable solutions,” stated Malia Nobrega-Olivera.

Dozens of communities plan to host ‘Vision Hub’ events to follow the proceedings via live stream (at www.iweci.org) and contribute questions and comments to the Summit delegates from locations around the globe.

Summit delegates will host a press teleconference on September 24th following the Summit to detail the outcome of the proceedings and discuss the Women’s Climate Action Agenda. Interviews are available with delegates during and after the Summit.  (For more information and bookings please contact Celia Alario or Tania Hack, media@iweci.org  +1.310.721.6517)


Press Tele-Conference Following International Women’s Earth & Climate Summit

September 24, 2013, 11:30 AM ET / 10:30 AM CT / 9:30 AM MT / 8:30 AM PT

Participant Dialing Instructions:

Toll Free Number: 1.800.434.1335; Direct Dial Number: 1.404.920.6442

General Conference Code: 686459#


About LAMA:  Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau (Climate Change, Climate Alert) or “LAMA” is a new program housed within Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, one of the largest schools of indigenous knowledge in the United States at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

LAMA’s mission is to catalyze climate adaptation and resiliency by engaging communities in Hawai’i and beyond through innovative training and policy tools that link decision- makers with the university, island communities, and the public as well as private sectors. It is our goal to engage and empower climate justice communities in Hawai‘i and globally.

For more info visit LAMA at-  http://islandclimate.net

Photo by Malia Nobrega-Olivera

The Big Picture: Conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE and Dr. Vandana Shiva

Moderator: Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!

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Apr 10

Kresge Foundation $460,000 Award To UH Mānoa Strengthens Hawai‘i’s Food Security and Builds Partnerships to Protect Environment and Native Hawaiian Cultural Knowledge

April 2013

Strengthens Hawai‘i’s Food Security and Builds Partnerships to Protect Environment and Native Hawaiian Cultural Knowledge

Contact- Margot Schrire, Director of Communications
(808) 956-6774 or

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HONOLULU- The Detroit-based Kresge Foundation has awarded $460,000 to Lamakū Na‘auao (Knowledge Torch), a new University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa program that will build the capacity of the Native Hawaiian community to participate in decision-making in critical environmental and social issues.

Participants in the Lamakū Na‘auao project will receive training and policy tools designed to help them contribute to decisions involving island food security, renewable energy research, cultural practices, and the impacts of climate change.

The project is spearheaded by Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau (LAMA), a new program housed within the Hawai’inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and the William S. Richardson School of Law.

The core idea is that the Hawaiian community has a deep reservoir of knowledge that can benefit not only its own members but also the larger community.

The “Lamakū Na‘auao” project builds on the partnership between the Kresge Foundation and the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), which gathered information about climate change adaptation strategies and practices that would be beneficial for the Native Hawaiian community and the State of Hawai‘i.

Funding from the Kresge Foundation will help LAMA:

  • Hire qualified staff.
  • Develop the Kilo Honua (earth observers) curriculum and distribute it to Native Hawaiian communities and the general public through workshops. The workshops will offer a human rights-based approach to enhancing food security, renewable energy development, and traditional knowledge from a local, national, and Pacific perspective.
  • Design and publish a briefing sheet that evaluates existing laws and policies around traditional knowledge relevant to Hawai‘i and then offers effective recommendations that recognize the rights of Native Hawaiians to their traditional knowledge, cultural expressions, and art forms as well as natural and biological resources.
  • Create a website and via community television and social media provide the Native Hawaiian and Hawai‘i communities with information to inform dialogue with local, state, and national policy-makers about climate change, renewable energy, food security, and traditional knowledge.

“The Lamakū Na‘auao (Knowledge Torch) project aligns well with Hawai‘inuiākea’s

mission which is to pursue, perpetuate, research, and revitalize all areas and forms of Hawaiian knowledge and apply this knowledge to provide service and support to the Hawaiian community and beyond,” said Dean of the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge  Maenette K.P. Ah Nee Benham.

William S. Richardson Law School Dean Avi Soifer said the new program is a perfect fit for the Law School’s focus on environmental law and sustainability issues. “Our Environmental Law Program (ELP) focuses on training environmental lawyers who contribute to the advancement of environmental law in multiple ways and they practice locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally,” said Soifer. “Partnering with LAMA is certain to enhance that mission.”

Director of Strategic Partnerships for LAMA, Climate Change and Climate Alert, Malia Nobrega-Olivera noted how critical this effort will be in creating a cohesive effort and community awareness, especially around critical climate change issues. “It will enhance current partnerships and expand LAMA’s reach to new collaborators to create and implement innovative models of climate resiliency for the Islands,” she said.

Donna Vuchinich, president and CEO of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation concluded, “We are delighted that this premiere national foundation is building on their past support and fueling this important effort that will benefit our entire island community.”

To learn how you can support the William S. Richardson School of Law, please contact Carrie Fuller at Carrie.Fuller@uhfoundation.org or (808) 956-5516. You can also make a secure gift online at www.uhfoundation.org/GiveToWSRSL.

For information on how to support the Hawai’inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, please contact Mark Fukeda at Mark.Fukeda@uhfoundation.org or (808) 956-7988. You can also make a gift at www.uhfoundation.org/GiveToHawaiianKnowledge.

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation, a nonprofit organization, raises private funds to support the University of Hawai‘i System. The mission of the University of Hawai‘i Foundation is to unite donors’ passions with the University of Hawai‘i’s aspirations by raising philanthropic support and managing private investments to benefit UH, the people of Hawai‘i and our future generations. www.uhfoundation.org

Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau’s (LAMA) mission is to catalyze climate adaptation and resiliency by engaging communities in Hawai’i and beyond through innovative training and policy tools that link decision-makers with the university, island communities, and the public as well as private sectors. http://islandclimate.net

The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation headquartered in Metropolitan Detroit, in the suburb community of Troy. Through its grantmaking and investments the Kresge Foundation works to create opportunity, have community impact, foster institutional transformation, and promote environmental conservation poor and low-income children and adults and underserved urban and rural communities. www.kresge.org

Contact at LAMA-

Malia Nobrega-Olivera
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Direct Line- (808) 286-5461

Pa’akai or salt making on the island of Kaua’i is one of the traditional cultural practices of kanaka maoli that are being impacted by climate change.  Many communities today, like the members of the Hui Hana Pa’akai o Hanapepe continue to share their indigenous knowledge from one generation to another.

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