Season 3 of UH Hilo podcast will focus on native birds

The new season of the Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast will explore pilina (relationship) with the island’s native manu (birds): the places, environments, ecosystems, cultural significance, and “superpowers” of each featured species.

A small yellow bird singing in a tree.
Two ‘amakihi, a common honeycreeper, singing in the forest on Hawai‘i Island. (Mark Kimura)

Season three of the popular podcast Ka Leo o ka Uluau, that during the first two seasons took listeners on an authentic journey to ho‘okama‘āina (acquaint) them with Hawai‘i Island’s unique districts, will focus on the island’s native manu (birds) in this year’s 12 new episodes. The new season launches on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023.

The podcast is supported by the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Office of the Chancellor and Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center.

The new season of Ka Leo o ka Uluau will explore pilina (relationship) with the island’s native manu (birds): the places, environments, ecosystems, cultural significance, and “superpowers” of each featured species.

Leilani DeMello pictured
Leilani DeMello

“Season three takes us further into our environment to meet our manu Hawai‘i, our native birds,” says podcast co-host Leilani DeMello, an alumna of both Hawai‘i Community College and UH Hilo. “We have an opportunity to learn about the importance of place through their habitats, lifestyles, and functions in the different spaces of our landscape.”

She says season three is a great progression from the previous two seasons that created a foundation of mo‘olelo (stories) and practice.

In keeping with the deep-dive theme into ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i and the meaning of place and identity that was found in the first two seasons of the Ka Leo o ka Uluau podcast, guests this season will share personal experiences, the appearance of manu in mo‘olelo and place names, and Kumulipo-inspired pairings of manu with other Hawai‘i life forms.

Drew Kapp pictured
Drew Kapp

Co-host Drew Kapp who teaches geography at Hawai‘i Community College says season three featuring manu experts will help to elevate native birds on Hawai‘i Island and beyond.

The importance of the topic comes from “our inextricable ties with the manu, our environmental kinship, and the kuleana (responsibility) we gratefully bear to do whatever it takes to fiercely protect these amazing manu,” he explains.

Tune in!

Episodes of Ka Leo o ka Uluau will continue to be released throughout 2023 on the Hilo moon phase of every malama (Hawaiian lunar month) to raise awareness of this indigenous and highly relevant practice of keeping time and attentiveness to Hawai‘i environment, and also to acknowledge the place of origin of the podcast.

The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast platforms, and all episodes are released through the podcast’s own website where guest biographies, photos, and glossaries are included.

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