Jul 21

Hawai‘i to host Pacific Peoples’ Lunar Conference on Climate Change


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Event will examine how ancestral knowledge and modern technology can solve emerging challenges

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i—July 21, 2015—Hundreds of cultural experts, practitioners, and community members from Hawai‘i and nations across the Pacific will gather in Honolulu this fall to share lunar methodologies with one another and build a regional community of practice focused on addressing and mitigating the impacts of climate change.

‘Aimalama: Pacific Peoples’ Lunar Conference on Climate Change will take place September 25–27 at Keoni Auditorium on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus. Representatives from Hawai‘i and Pacific nations will convene to share their experiences in reviving and applying traditional lunar calendar wisdom in daily practices, and discuss how ancestral knowledge can complement and even inform modern-day technology solutions.

The three-day conference is open to the public and includes numerous panel discussions, keynote addresses, and a selection of huaka‘i (guided day trips) to organizations and community programs on O‘ahu that incorporate lunar calendar knowledge in their endeavors. A limited number of earlybird registrations is available for $200 per person through the conference’s website at aimalama.org. The rate increases to $300 when earlybird registrations sell out.

Dr. Pualani Kanaka‘ole Kanahele, a revered Hawaiian cultural practitioner and a retired associate professor in the University Hawai‘i System, kumu hula, and co-founder of the Edith Kanaka‘ole Foundation, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. “The Hawaiian lunar calendar is knowledge that belongs to Hawaiians,” Kanahele said. “The traditional lunar calendar is older than Hawaiians. It is ancient wisdom and therefore belongs to the People of the Pacific. The ‘Aimalama Lunar Conference will bring this ancient wisdom to the forefront for us to update our knowledge today so that we can create new knowledge for the future and share it with the world.”

Many Pacific societies are currently reviving and reconnecting with the traditional lunar calendar to restore wisdom of agricultural productivity, marine and forest gathering, resource management, health and healing, and daily practices that provide sustenance for the health and well-being of communities. ‘Aimalama is expected to draw leaders and innovators operating at the intersection of ancestral knowledge and technological transformation to identify common ground to confront regional and global challenges.

Several Kaulana Mahina (Hawaiian lunar calendar) practitioners gathered on O‘ahu last year to examine ancestral methodologies, leading to the organization of a two-day ‘Aimalama Symposium in October at which elders, practitioners, and local scientists discussed and learned how the Kaulana Mahina was being used and could be used in daily activities. “The Kaulana Mahina is a proficient tool for noting baselines for healthy environments and for tracking changes that are occuring daily, seasonally, annually, and episodically,” said Kalei Nu‘uhiwa, a Hawaiian lunar practitioner and one of ‘Aimalama’s organizers. “They agreed that the lunar calendar provides a proven process in which changes can be recorded and adaptive changes for survival can be considered. The ‘Aimalama Lunar Conference is the next step in sharing this valuable knowledge with a wider audience and fostering a network of practitioners across the Pacific that can harness this wisdom for the benefit of their communities.”

The research and practices discussed at the conference will form the basis for a paper highlighting lunar methodologies used to identify changes occurring in the Pacific, the natural indicators of changing climate, and the adaptive measures to prepare for it. Intended to be a native peoples of the Pacific’s response to climate change, the paper will be submitted for publication and presentation to the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress in Honolulu next year, as well as other pertinent international meetings such as the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

‘Aimalama: Pacific Peoples’ Lunar Conference on Climate Change is sponsored by the Kama‘aha Education Initiative, Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, LAMA (Loli Aniau, Maka‘ala Aniau), The Kohala Center, the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council, and the Gladys Kamakakūokalani ʻAinoa Brandt Chair in Polynesian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Permanent link to this article: http://islandclimate.net/hawaii-to-host-pacific-peoples-lunar-conference-on-climate-change/

Apr 21



From April 22nd to April 26th, we are putting out a kāhea to take some action and spread some inspiration by sharing HOW YOU AND YOUR ʻOHANA CONNECT TO YOUR ʻĀINA?


Step 1 – SNAP A PHOTO (BETWEEN 4/22-26)
Share your #EARTHDAY2015 activities with us- Whether you are planting a lāʻau lapaʻau (medicinal) or a food crop with your ʻohana , protecting Mauna a Wakea, preparing a garden, cleaning an ʻauwai, making kūlolo, catching fish, kuʻi ʻopihi, gathering limu, composting, buying local produce at a farmers market, recycling your e-waste, etc.

Step 2 – Follow @kilohonua on Instagram and like @kilohonua on FaceBook.
(participants’ Instagram account must allow public viewing in order to be eligible for prizes)

Step 3- TAG
Tag your photo(s) using #EARTHDAY2015 and #KILOHONUA

*  Winners will be notified via social media and have 5 calendar days to respond. If there is no response from the selected winner(s), new winner(s) will be chosen. After all winners are confirmed, they will be announced on our website.
*  Only entries posted between April 22-26, 2015 are eligible for prizes.
*  Participants are required to have a public Instagram account in order for us to view their contributions to the #EARTHDAY2015 and #KILOHONUA social media challenge.
*  Entries must be original photos, taken and owned by the participant submitting them.
*  Entries may not contain any content that is: sexually explicit; unnecessarily violent or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, professional, or age group; obscene or offensive.
* Yes, we have prizes!  2 (two) winners will be chosen.  We have 1 (one) 18oz double walled steel HYDRO FLASK and a pair of headlamps.

Permanent link to this article: http://islandclimate.net/lama-earthday2015-social-media-challenge/

Apr 21

ʻAimalama Symposium Report- Now Available


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In October 2014, LAMA partnered with Kalei Nuʻuhiwa and Kamaʻaha Education Initiative to organize the ʻAimalama Symposium. The primary purpose of the symposium was to engage, listen and learn from one another as lunar calendar practitioners and to enhance the collective knowledge and skills of the participants regarding the use of the Kaulana Mahina, ancient Hawaiian lunar calendar. We invited cultural experts, practitioners, and leaders from different islands to collaborate in building a strong kahua for the lunar calendar practitioners network and to provide feedback on the draft LAMA Kilo Honua resources. We also worked on an action plan that leads towards a lunar calendar symposium in 2015 for indigenous practitioners from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific and in 2016 a global symposium that would inform discussions of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, hosted in Hawaiʻi as well as other international meetings.

If you have any questions regarding this report please contact Malia at nobrega@hawaii.edu.

Permanent link to this article: http://islandclimate.net/%ca%bbaimalama-symposium-report-now-available/

Feb 27

Kilo Honua Workshop Report- now available online

Kilo Honua workshop report

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In March 2014, LAMA hosted a community workshop in Kailua, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu called the Kilo Honua Workshop.  We’ve completed the workshop report and have it available as a resource for our communities.

If you have any questions regarding this report please contact Malia at nobrega@hawaii.edu.


Permanent link to this article: http://islandclimate.net/kilo-honua-workshop-report-now-available-online/

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/.


Permanent link to this article: http://islandclimate.net/%ca%bbaimalama-symposium-october-3-5-2014/

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