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 ~ 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-


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Sep 01

LAMA at First Stewards 2014 Symposium in Washington DC


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

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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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.

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