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.
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