Earth Day 2023: UH Hilo and HCC events April 17-23, theme is indigenous food sovereignty

UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College will present a speaker’s series, māla (gardens) day, and huakaʻi (field trips) engaging with the community in places where indigenous food sovereignty is underway.

La Honua Earth Day activities April 17-23, 2023. April 17, Kipaepae. April 20, Speaker series. April 21, gardens trips. April 22, Field trips. April 23, Filed trips.


The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College (HCC), in partnership, are celebrating Lā Honua (Earth Day) 2023 with both in-person and virtual events throughout the week of April 17-23, all related to this year’s theme, “Indigenous Food Sovereignty.”

The week’s events will open with a kīpaepae (opening ceremonies) and Chancellors’ welcomes at the HCC Manono Campus on April 17.

Throughout the week keynote presentations will focus on indigenous food sovereignty.

Friday, April 24, will feature a māla (gardens) day with events held at all three UH campuses on the Hawaiʻi Island: Hawaiʻi Community College’s Pālamanui campus in Kona, Hawaiʻi CC’s Manono campus in Hilo, and UH Hilo.

Kerri Inglis pictured
Kerri Inglis

“Our intention here is to contribute to the well-being of our campus gardens, uniting all three campuses in a comparable activity,” says Kerri Inglis, professor of history and co-coordinator of the events.

On Earth Day itself, April 22, Lā Honua Community Day will be held at HCC’s Manono campus in conjunction with their Hawaiʻi Community College Day.

And finally, at the end of the week on Sunday, April 23, students and faculty will participate in service to the ʻāina through Mālama ʻĀina huakaʻi (field trips), engaging with the community in places where indigenous food sovereignty is underway.

For more information, see the informational flyers or contact Kerri Inglis.