May 11

LAMA Produces Short Film- I Am Hawaiʻi

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Apr 26

LAMA featured on Think Tech Hawaiʻi- Climate Change: Beyond Outrage

Makahiki- 2016, Mālama- Welo, Mahina- Lāʻaupau (Tuesday, April 26, 2016)

Malia Nobrega-Olivera, Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (HSHK) Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement shared her story and her work on Think Tech Hawaiʻi.  She shared about the impacts of climate change on cultural practices like salt making on the island of Kauaʻi.  Ms. Nobrega-Olivera also talked about her work at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, in the community, as well as her work on an international level.

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Jan 13

Puke Moʻolelo Mahina- Monthly & Anahulu Planners Now Available


LAMA is excited to partner with Konohiki Honua in the release of the 2016 puke moʻolelo mahina! We have a limited supply of 6 month and 1 year moon phase planners available for purchase at the newly launched website- They run from the malama of Kaelo to Makalii and incorporate both the Gregorian and Hawaiian lunar calendars. (Take a look below for an example of the monthly and anahulu layout.) A portion of the money will support more printing of the planners and will also support the community engagement work of LAMA.

pukemmFor more information contact-
Kanani Frazier-
Malia Nobrega-Olivera-

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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 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.

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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.

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