About the Podcast

Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast cover artThe purpose of the Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast is to hoʻokamaʻāina (acquaint) listeners to the island of Hawaiʻi, to its moʻolelo (storied accounts) of its special places, to its Hawaiian cultural practices rooted in sustainability, and to its native manu (birds) and our pilina (relationship) with them.

Season I (2021) consists of four episodes from each of the six traditional moku or districts of Hawaiʻi Island, published twice monthly beginning in January 2021. Listeners will join a huaka‘i (journey) clockwise around the island, with right hand toward the mountain, starting in Hilo and moving to Puna, Kaʻū, Kona, Kohala, and Hāmākua for a total of 24 episodes. Storytellers from the Island who are associated with each place will visit our podcast hosts to share moʻolelo about key places, histories, people, traditions, and lessons from each place.  You may use the StoryMaps to guide your huakaʻi.

Season II (2022) consists of 12 episodes published at the start of each Hawaiʻi lunar month beginning in January ~ Kāʻelo 2022.  Listeners will learn about traditional cultural practices, rooted in place and in sustainability, that are practiced in Hawaiʻi Island communities today.

Season III (2023) consists of 12 episodes published at the start of each Hawaiʻi lunar month beginning in January ~ Kāʻelo 2023.  Listeners will learn about special bird species native to Hawaiʻi, the geographic areas they frequent and the island ecosystems in which they dwell, what superpowers each species possesses, and how we can honor and strengthen our relationship with them, as kānaka.

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This project was initiated by the Importance of Place Doing Committee at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo with the input of many people including faculty, staff, students and community members. The podcast is made possible largely with support from UH Hilo’s Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center and the Office of the Chancellor.  We are also recognize the generosity and graciousness of those who have provided us space, resources and guests, including the UH Hilo Department of Geography & Environmental Science; and Hawaiʻi Community College, including I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles, the Pālamanui Campus, and the Kō Education Center.

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