What is Puana Ka ʻIke?

Puana Ka ʻIke is a free and informative lecture series promoted by local sponsors to perpetuate the Hawaiian Culture offered from September thru April every year.

The lectures below are listed from newest to oldest.

Select a Specific Lecture Video:

2014

Katrina-Ann Kapã'anaokalãokeola Oliveira

February 2014
Mau Loa
Katrina-Ann Kapã'anaokalãokeola Oliveira

Puana Ka 'Ike, Feb 21, 2014 from Keauhou-Kahalua'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Mai Kekahi Kapa a i Kekahi Kapã Aku: Environmental Kinship & Kanaka Naming Practices. A presentation by Katrina-Ann Kapã'anaokalaokeola Oliveira, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

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(1:01:27)


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Uncle Aku Hauanio, Kalapana 'Ohana

January 2014
Mau Loa
Uncle Aku Hauanio, Kalapana 'Ohana

Puana Ka 'Ike - January, 2014 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Kau La'au; Traditional Hawaiian Ulua Fishing. A presentation by Uncle Aku Hauanio, Kalapana 'Ohana

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(57:20)


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2013

AVAKONOHIKI.ORG — Ancestral Visions of ‘Äina

November 2013
Mau Loa
AVAKONOHIKI.ORG — Ancestral Visions of ‘Äina

Puana Ka 'Ike - Nov. 15, 2013 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Kamakakuoka'aina, Ancestral Visions of 'Aina. A presentation by Jenny Estrella, Raymond Estrella and Kulani Jeremiah-Wong.

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(1:01:17)


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Mau Loa

October 2013
Mau Loa
Mau Loa

Puana Ka 'Ike - October, 2013 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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A Mau Loa: The Continued Legacy of the Wa'a presented by Mau Loa.

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(01:21:26)


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Ku'ulei Keakealani

September 2013
Ku'ulei Keakealani
Ku'ulei Keakealani

Puana Ka 'Ike - Sep. 27, 2013 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Na Mo'olele o Na 'Aina Aloha: Stories of Beloved Lands by Ku'ulei Keakealani.

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(01:21:27)


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Leighton R. Tseu & Captain John "LJ" Benson III

April 2013
Dr. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker
Leighton R. Tseu & Captain John "LJ" Benson III

Puana Ka 'Ike - Feb. 15, 2013 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Recovering the Mo'olelo of our Kupuna presented by Leighton R. Tseu & Captain John "LJ" Benson III

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(01:05:30)


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Dr. Keanu Sai, Willy Kauai, Donovan Preza, and Kaui Sai-Dudoit

March 2013
Dr. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker
Dr. Keanu Sai, Willy Kauai, Donovan Preza, and Kaui Sai-Dudoit

Puana Ka 'Ike - March 16, 2013 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Riding the Waves of Change: How Hawaiian History is Now Being Taught. Panel discussion by Dr. Keanu Sai, Willy Kauai, Donovan Preza, and Kaui Sai-Dudoit.

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(3:06:41)


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Dr. David Keanu Sai

March 2013
Dr. David Keanu Sai
Dr. David Keanu Sai

Puana Ka 'Ike - March, 2013 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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1893 Executive Agreements & Profound Impacts Today presented by Dr. David Keanu Sai

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(02:14:28)


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Dr. Noenoe Silva

February 2013
Dr. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker
Dr. Noenoe Silva

Puana Ka 'Ike - Feb. 15, 2013 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Recovering the Mo'olelo of our Kupuna presented by Dr. Noenoe Silva, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

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(44:25)


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Earl Kawa'a & Isaia Kealoha

January 2013
Dr. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker
Earl Kawa'a & Isaia Kealoha

Puana Ka 'Ike - Jan. 25, 2013 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Kupuna Talk-Story About Health and Wellbeing featuring Earl Kawa'a, Kamehameha Schools and Isaia Kealoha, Kalapana.

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(1:27:11)


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2012

Makekau-Whittaker, Wilhelm & Rios

November 2012
Dr. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker
Kuaihelani

Puana Ka 'Ike - Nov. 16, 2012 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Dr. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker, University of Hawai'i, Manoa; Aulani Wilhelm, NOAA; and Hawane Rios, University of Hawai'i, Hilo present "Kuaihelani: Cultural Reclamation of Midway Atoll."

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(1:23:22)


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Dr. Kekeha Solis

October 2012
Dr. Solis
Dr. Kekeha Solis

Puana Ka 'Ike - Oct. 26, 2012 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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I Ka Olelo No Ke Ola: To Animate the Language. Presentation by Dr. Kekeha Solis, University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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(1:14:22)


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Noa Kekuewa Lincoln

September 2012
Noa Kekuewa Lincoln
Noa Kekuewa Lincoln

Puana Ka 'Ike - Sep. 27, 2012 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Noa Kekuewa Lincoln presents "Redefining the Kaluulu: Past, Present. Future.

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(1:04:51)


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Kaipo Perez III

April 2012
Kaipo Perez III
Kaipo Perez III

Puana Ka 'Ike - Apr. 12, 2012 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Ecological Evaluation of Coral Reef Resources at Kahalu'u Bay, Kona by Kaipo Perez III.

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(1:08:08)


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Keanu Sai, Ph.D

March 2012
Noa Kekuewa Lincoln
Keanu Sai, Ph.D

Puana Ka `Ike - March 16, 2012 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Keanu Sai, Ph.D., discusses the 1893 Executive Agreements between the Hawaiian Kingdom and the United States, and the profound impacts today.

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(1:32:48)


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Alohalani Brown

February 2012
Alohalani Brown
Alohalani Brown

Puana Ka 'Ike - Feb. 24, 2012 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Mo'o Mo'olelo - Mo'o Stories presented by Alohalani Brown.

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(1:08:08)


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Mahealani Pai and Keone Kalawe

January 2012
Noa Kekuewa Lincoln
Mahealani Pai and Keone Kalawe

Puana Ka `Ike - Jan 27, 2012 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Presentation by Keone Kalawe and Mahealani Pai regarding Kaneaka, the Holua Slide and He'eia Bay

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(1:00:52)


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2011

Earl Kawa'a

October 2011
Earl Kawa'a
Earl Kawa'a

Puana Ka 'Ike - Oct. 20, 2011 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Hawaiian Naming Practices presented by Earl Kawa'a.

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(1:11:32)


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Jamaica Heolimalekalani Osorio

September 2011
Jamaica Heolimalekalani Osorio
Jamaica Heolimalekalani Osorio

Puana Ka 'Ike - Sep. 2, 2011 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Ho'i Hou i ka Iwi Kuamo'o - Return to Backbone presented by Jamaica Heolimalekalani Osorio.

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(1:03:17)


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Michael J. Matsukawa

May 2011
Michael J. Matsukawa
Michael J. Matsukawa

Puana Ka 'Ike - May 13, 2011 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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In Chambers: Judicial Imprints on Hawai'i's History. Presentation by Michael J. Matsukawa

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Part 1 (1:04:34)


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Lucia Tarallo Jensen

April 2011
Lucia Tarallo Jensen
Lucia Tarallo Jensen

Puana Ka 'Ike - Apr. 1, 2011 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Unveiling Concepts & Philosophy Behind Maoli Arts presented by Lucia Tarallo Jensen.

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Part 1 (1:22:56)


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Keanu Sai

March 2011
Keanu Sai
Keanu Sai

Puana Ka 'Ike - Mar. 18, 2011 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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1893 Overthrow Settled by Executive Agreement. Presentation by Dr. Keanu Sai, at Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay, on March 18, 2011.

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Part 1 (1:30:39)


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Kehau Abad, PhD

February 2011
Kehau Abad
Kehau Abad, PhD

Puana Ka 'Ike - February 25, 2011 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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There's more to Hawaiian leadership thank we think.

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Part 1 (53:04)


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Florence Tabag

January 2011
Florence Tabag
Florence Tabag

Puana Ka 'Ike - Jan. 28, 2011 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Presentation on Mo'oku'auhau (Genealogy) with Florence Tabag and Elizabeth Hamm.

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Part 1 (1:31:10)


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2010

Kamana Beamer

November 2010
Kamana Beamer
Kamana Beamer

Puana Ka 'Ike - Nov. 19, 2010 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Living Ahupua'a presentation by Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Ph.D.

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Part 1 (1:04:28)


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Richard Ha, Wallace Ishibashi and Michael Kaleikini

October 2010
Peter Vitousek
Richard Ha, Wallace Ishibashi and Michael Kaleikini

Puana Ka 'Ike - Oct. 22, 2010 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Panel discussion on Geothermal with Richard Ha, Wallace Ishibashi and Michael Kaleikini.

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Part 1 (1:01:52)


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Kaipo Perez III

September 2010
Peter Vitousek
Kaipo Perez III

Puana Ka 'Ike - Sept. 24, 2010 from Joy T Cunefare on Vimeo.

   
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The Ecological Evaluation of Coral Reef Resources at Kahaluâ'u Bay Hawai'i and it's Connectivity to Freshwater Resources, Culture, and Effects of Global Climate Change.

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Part 1 (52:06)


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Kawika Winter

April 2010
Kawika Winter
Kawika Winter
   
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Kawika Winter, director of the Limahuli Garden and Preserve on Kaua‘i, describes Hawaiian land management techniques and how they can be applied today.

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Part 1 (61:00)


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Peter Vitousek

March 2010
Peter Vitousek
Peter Vitousek
   
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Biologist Peter Vitousek, Ph.D. explores traditional Hawaiian farming techniques.

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Part 1 (55:00)


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Dr. Keanu Sai

March 12, 2010
Kaleikoa Ka’eo
Dr. Keanu Sai


   
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Dr. Keanu Sai discusses "Kamehameha III and the Transformation of the Land Tenure System."

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Part 1 (69:00)

Part 2 (43:00)


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Kaleikoa Ka’eo

February 26, 2010
Kaleikoa Ka’eo
Kaleikoa Ka’eo


   
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Dynamic storyteller and Maui Community College Instructor Kaleikoa Ka’eo speaks about Hawaiian mythology.

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Part 1 (44:00)

Part 2 (37:00)


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Thomas Dye

January 2010
Dr. Thomas S. Dye
Thomas Dye


   
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Dr. Thomas S. Dye completes his presentation on archaeological map-making in Hawaii. Taped January 22, 2010.

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Part 1 (52:02)

Part 2 (36:57)


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2009

Kalo Discussion

November 2009
Kalo Discussion
Kalo Discussion


Kalo, Issues of Genetically-Modified Organisms - Part 2 from The Kohala Center on Vimeo.

   
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Dr. William Steiner, UHH College of Agriculture, Dr. Dennis Gonsalves, Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, and Jerry Konanui, Association of Hawaiian Awa, present three perspectives on this controversial issue.

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Part 1 (76:00)

Part 2 (34:00)


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Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

October 2009
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
   
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Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer, using humor and interactive teaching techniques, explains "‘Ike ‘Āina: Sustainability in the context of Hawaiian epistemology." 65 minutes. Taped October 23, 2009 in Keauhou, Hawaii.

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Dr. James P. Kauahikaua

September 2009
Dr. James P. Kauahikaua
Dr. James P. Kauahikaua
   
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Dr. James P. Kauahikaua, Scientist-in-Charge at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and Park Ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park talk about the science and mythology of Hawaiian volcanoes.

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Part 1 (59:00)


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Dr. Samuel M. ’Ohukani’ōhi’a Gon, III

August 2009
Dr. Samuel M. ’Ohukani’ōhi’a Gon, III
Dr. Samuel M. ’Ohukani’ōhi’a Gon, III

Diverse Ecosystems of the Hawaiian Islands from The Kohala Center on Vimeo.

   
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Part of the Conservancy staff for over 20 years, Sam has brought his expertise to the organization in a variety of capacities. As the Ecologist for the Hawai’i Natural Heritage Program of The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i from 1986 - 1999, he conducted biological inventories and produced biological reports and management recommendations for The Conservancy, their partner federal, state, and local agencies, and for private organizations. As the coordinator for the Hawai’i Natural Heritage Program from 1992 to 1994, Sam managed a staff of 15 and an annual budget of over $1 million. As Director of Science he guided the scientific efforts behind the vision and operations of The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i. In his current role as Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor, Sam continues his guidance and adds his cultural expertise to enhance the mission and many facets of The Conservancy.

Sam has over 30 years of experience in Hawaiian ecology. This experience includes biological inventories and research, field ecology, entomology, arachnology, ethology, natural community classification, and biological database management.

He also has extensive knowledge of Hawaiian culture, history, and language which are all an important asset when working with the local communities. He has applied his expertise of island conservation in cooperative projects and workshops in the Galapagos Islands, the Philippines, Pohnpei, Palau, Jamaica, Okinawa, Amazonia, and Rapanui. As an excellent public speaker, Sam often lends his knowledge to conservation agencies, community groups, donors, and important visitors.

Sam is an active member of The Nature Conservancy of Hawai’i and an Advisory Committee member for the ’Ōhi’a Project (Hawaiian natural history curriculum development). Additionally, he serves as a Hawaiian natural history and culture consultant for the Moanalua Gardens Foundation (and its transition status in the Papahana Kuaola Hawaiian Education Center), sits on the steering committee of the ’Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi (Hawaiians for the preservation of native ecosystems), and on the Restoration Advisory Group for the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission. He has served on panels of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on the topic of traditional management of natural resources, and sits on the Hawaiian leadership committee advising the Hawai’i Life Sciences Consortium. Sam serves on the Board of Trustees for the Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program (NHCAP), the Bishop Museum Association Council, and as an at-large member of the Hawai’i State Board of Land and Natural Resources.

For over 12 years Sam studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) and hula with Kumu John Keolamaka’āinana Lake, a master of Hawaiian religion and cultural protocols; training that culminated in his ’uniki (traditional rite of passage) in February 2003 as a kahuna kākalaleo, practitioner of Hawaiian chant and protocol. In that capacity he serves as Kahuna Pule at the heiau of Pu’u Koholā at Kawaihae, as part of Nā Wa‘a Lālani Kāhuna o Pu’u Koholā. Before his passing, Kumu Lake gave Sam the kuleana to continue teaching oli for the hālau on O’ahu, a heavy but joyful responsibility. Sam strives to blend the richness of unique Hawaiian ecosystems with the equally rich culture that developed here. Sam received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He then went on to receive his masters in Zoology and doctorate in Animal Behavior at the University of California, Davis. He holds an affiliate faculty post with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai’i.

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Part 1 (49:00)


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Dr. Pualani Kanahele

April 2009

Dr. Pualani Kanahele


   
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Dr. Pualani Kanahele is of pure Hawaiian descent, raised in a hula tradition that spans many generations. She is responsible to her ancestral and matrilineal lineage. She knows the forests, the mountain, volcanism and the ocean of her homeland; these too are her responsibility. Educated in Western institutions, Pua earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and, at the age of 69 in the winter of 2006, received an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Hawai’i at Mänoa. Currently, Dr. Kanahele heads a team of cultural researchers who are reestablishing an archaic system of knowledge that includes Papahulilani (those of the heaven, sky), Papahulihonua (those of the earth), and Papahänaumoku (those who are born).

Dr. Kanahele also serves as President of Edith Kanaka’ole Foundation, a family foundation that focuses on promoting and elevating Hawaiian cultural knowledge and intelligence. She is a Kumu Hula and is also Director of Hawaiian Traditional Knowledge Research with the Hawai’i Community College.

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Part 1 (41:39)

Part 2 (40:43)


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Jeffrey Yin

March 2009

Jeffrey Yin

   
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According to Dr. Jeffrey Yin, the influence we have on our environment and fellow humans is global; therefore, our kuleana, our responsibility, is also global. Modern technology, itself a cause of global warming, also offers unique answers to the problem. Harnessing natural energy in a sustainable way offers an unprecedented opportunity to balance society's energy needs with kuleana, effectively caring for the environment and the people.

Dr. Yin, a Honolulu native, graduated in 1991 from Kamehameha Schools. Drawn to atmospheric sciences as an undergraduate at Harvard University, Dr. Yin earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences in 2002 from the University of Washington. Inspired by a desire to understand climate variations and their influence on humans, Dr. Yin spent five years in postdoctoral research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Yin currently serves as a Resource Assessment Scientist at 3TIER, Inc., providing weather and climate information to renewable energy industries.

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57:24


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Keanu Sai

March 13, 2009

Keanu Sai



   
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In early 2009, Governor Lingle asked the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm that the State of Hawai’i has good title to Ceded Lands, further stating that Hawaiians have a moral but not legal claim to these lands. But what are Ceded Lands and why are claims made of these lands so important?

In this presentation, political scientist Dr. David Keanu Sai draws upon his extensive research completed for his dissertation and recently written law journal article. He presents the historical and legal context of the Hawaiian Kingdom government and annexation of Hawai’i to the United States, inclusive of the 1898 Joint Resolution of Annexation which served as the basis of the Governor's request. Dr. Sai reveals the issues around Ceded Lands and as clearly, offers several steps toward resolution.

 

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2.5 hrs

Part 1 (49:00)

Part 2 (47:42)


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2008

Charles Burrows

November 2008

Charles Burrows

Puana Ka 'Ike - Nov. 28, 2008 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.



Puana Ka 'Ike - Nov. 28, 2008 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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In this presentation, Dr. Charles Pe‘ape‘a Makawalu Burrows discusses key Hawaiian conservation values including:

  • Mana: Faith, Respect for Nature
  • Kapu and Noa: Sacred and Release, or protecting the sanctity of the mana in humans and nature
  • ‘Ike: Knowledge or keen observation of the natural world
  • ‘Āina: The Living Earth as living entity
  • Lokahi: Unity, Balance, Harmony, similar to homeostasis
  • Mālama ‘Āina: Caring for the Earth, Stewardship of Creation

Chemist and Biologist Dr. Burrows, president of ‘Ahahui Mālama I Ka Lōkahi, (a nonprofit native Hawaiian environmental organization), also serves on the boards of several Kailua community organizations on O’ahu which advocate for the protection, conservation, and restoration of Kailua ahupua‘a‘s cultural and natural resources. Retired in 2000 after 35 years of service as a science educator, Dr. Burrows remains active as a member of the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Native Hawaiian Historic Preservation Council, and the Hawai’i Interfaith Power and Light, and serves on the United Church of Christ National Energy and Environment Committee.

 

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Part 1 (46:17)

Part 2 (33:43)


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Masaki Takabayashi

October 2008

Masaki Takabayashi

Puana Ka 'Ike - Oct. 24, 2008 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
Video Information:   Do humans and corals share a special bond? A study of an ancient Hawaiian geneology chant, the Kumulipo, says yes. Corals are the first ancestors from which generations of biodiversity follow. A recent study conducted by researchers at The University of Hawai‘’i at Hilo reveal astonishing findings about the design and structure of corals. This presentation briefly describes the knowledge of corals as understood by Hawaiians and what marine geneticists have found about the kinship between corals and humans.
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45:03


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Mahealani Pai & Chadd Paishon

September 2008

Mahealani Pai & Chadd Paishon

Puana Ka 'Ike - Sep. 26, 2008 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Māhealani Pai and Chadd Paishon truly represent the achievements that begin with effective collaboration.

A cultural Specialist at Kamehameha School, Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Group (formerly with Kamehameha Investment Corporation), Māhealani Pai leads the restoration efforts of select ma kai (ocean) sites areas nā ahupua‘a of Kahaluâ'u and Keauhou.

Makali‘i Navigator and Captain of Nā Kālai Wa‘a Moku o Hawai‘i, Chadd Paishon, provides a learning venue in Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u, effectively connecting the ‘āina (land), kai (ocean), and lani (heavens).

Together, Māhealani and Chadd work diligently to advance the environmental kinship concept, emphasizing mai poina, (the remembrance of lost ancestors), and cultivating a deeper understanding of these cultural values and program efforts.

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Part 1 (52:39)


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Kepa Maly

April 2008

Kepa Maly

Puana Ka 'Ike - Apr. 18, 2008 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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Biography
Kepa Maly, Cultural Historian–Resource Specialist 
& Ho‘opa‘a Kumu Hula

As a young boy, Kepa learned the Hawaiian language, as well as cultural practices and values, from native kĂĽpuna (elders). Raised on the islands of O’ahu and Lana’i, Kepa participated in 1975 in a ’uniki, as po’o pua’a, of Halau Hula o Ma’iki, and is instructor of traditional chant and dance (aho’opa’a kumu hula). For thirty-five years, Kepa has devoted himself to learning and documenting Hawaiian traditions and practices from many kĂĽpuna — learning cultural truths from previous generations.

In 1995, Kepa and his wife Onaona formed Kumu Pono Associates LLC, with a focus on researching and writing historical documentaries; conducting detailed oral histories; developing preservation and resource management plans, and writing interpretive plans for a variety of state projects. Kepa and Onaona live on the island of Lana’i, where their dedication to cultural preservation extends to their own backyard. So far, they have developed a museum and heritage center in conjunction with the community (the Lana’i Culture & Heritage Center), and are currently developing plans to ensure long-term management of Lana’i's cultural and natural resources.

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Part 1 (1:01:39)


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Jon Osorio

March 2008

Jon Osorio

Puana Ka 'Ike - Mar. 15, 2008 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

   
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A Personal Biography
Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio

Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo’ole Osorio is a scholar of nineteenth century Hawaiian political and social history and a dedicated activist and advocate for Hawaiian self-determination. A full professor at and former Director of the Kamakakokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, Dr. Osorio has developed and taught classes in history, law as culture, music as historical texts, and indigenous research methodologies. He helped design the Master of Arts degree in Hawaiian studies, and assisted in creating a new School of Hawaiian Knowledge. He has attended and organized protests and demonstrations for a number of worthy causes. Dr. Osorio called for Hawai’i's decolonization at the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues at the UN. He is the author of Dismembering Lahui, detailing the colonization of Hawai’i as a slow and insinuative process that heavily depended on Hawaiians being converted to the law.

Dr. Osorio is a Christian husband and father enthusiastically involved in family activities. His love for mankind and boundless energy for change is evident in his philosophies regarding peace, environmentalism, and the protection of Hawaiian culture. His visionary goal is that the Hawaiian sovereignty movement will ultimately produce a nation and government devoted to peace and disarmament, careful management of our lands and waters, and protective of the cultural diversity that has defined Hawai’i.

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Part 1 (1:15:48)


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Rubellite Kawena Johnson

March 1, 2008

Rubellite Kawena Johnson

Puana Ka 'Ike - Mar. 1, 2008 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.



Puana Ka 'Ike - Mar. 1, 2008 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

 
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Rubellite Kawena Johnson is a prolific writer and educator who has authored many books and papers highlighting Hawaiian culture and history. As an expert in Hawaiian culture, history and religion, Dr. Johnson offers a fresh look at how our ancestors understood the environment, and created the Kumulipo Hawaiian Chant of Creation to pass down this understanding to our generation. Her family history places Dr. Johnson in a unique position to instill deep understanding on these subjects: a native Hawaiian and lineal descendant of Kuali’i and Kamehameha, Dr. Johnson is also a descendant of the great chiefs of Hawai’i.

Among Dr. Johnson's credits are Emeritus Professor of Hawaiian Language and Literature at the University of Hawai’i; recipient of the Living Treasure Award from Honpa Hongwanji; recipient of the Hawai’i Award for Literature from the State Foundation Culture and the Arts and The Hawai’i Literary Arts Council.

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Part 1 (41:44)

Part 2 (43:21)



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Kalei Tsuha

January 25, 2008

Kalei Tsuha

Puana Ka 'Ike - Jan. 25, 2008 from Keauhou-Kahaluâ'u Education Grp on Vimeo.

 
Video Information:   

Kaulana Mahina, The Hawaiian Moon Calendar with Kalei Tsuha.

Video Length:  

Part 1 (53:27)

Part 2 (43:21)



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