UH Hilo to host two conferences on sustainability: economics featured in Kona; Indigenous perspectives featured in Hilo

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo will host two sustainability conferences this month: one in Kona on circular economies (July 17-19), and one in Hilo on Indigenous Hawaiian and Pacific Island perspectives on sustainability (July 19-20). The public is invited to attend.

Details and registration for both conferences are available online.

Walk-in registration (no conference food) is open until July 12, 2023.

Kona: July 17-19, 2023

Free Event! UH Hilo (and logo). KONA: Alakai Confernece 2023. Sustainable Circular Economies: Putting the Pieces Together” July 17-19, 2023. LOCATION: at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott. 

“2023 Sustainable Circular Economies: Putting the Pieces Together” will be held July 17-19 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Kona.

Leading industry mentors will discuss agricultural technology, soil carbon, biomass processing and fermentation, regulatory issues, sustainability, community acceptance, and economic and environmental analyses of new approaches for renewable, circular economics.

Need more info? Contact UH Hilo Lecturer of Bioeconomy Peter Matlock.

Hilo: July 19-20, 2023

Image of adults and kids planting in a dirt plot. FREE EVENT! Registration required. UH Hilo (and logo). HILO MALAMA HONUA 2023. Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability Confernce, July 19-21, 2023.

“2023 Mālama Honua: Indigenous Perspectives on Sustainability” will be held July 19–21 at UH Hilo’s Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke‘elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language.

The conference will explore the Indigenous Hawaiian and Pacific Islander perspectives on sustainability in Pacific Island systems. Honoring Indigenous voices from Hawaii and across the Pacific, with insights from kupuna, scholars, educators, and cultural practitioners.


  • Navigator Nainoa Thompson (via video)
  • Native Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte
  • Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies Larry Kimura
  • Poet and academic Konai Helu Thaman
  • Assistant Professor of Indigenous Crops and Cropping Systems Noa Lincoln
  • Hawaiian kapa artist Roen Hufford
  • Kamuela Enos, MA‘O Organic Farms
  • Kumu Kekuhi Kanaka‘ole
  • Climate scientist and geologist Chip Fletcher
  • Yolanda Joab Mori, Island PRIDE Micronesia
  • Assistant Professor of Anthropology Tarisi Vunidilo
  • Lecturer of Hawaiian Studies and Music Lito Archangel
  • Assistant Professor of Sustainable Tourism Angela Fa‘anunu
  • OK Farms
  • Onomea Farm Hub
  • More…

The conference is also supported by the UH Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity.

Need more info? Contact UH Hilo Assistant Professor Angela Fa‘anunu.

Learn more about the conference and update on July 19 schedule:

UH Hilo’s Mālama Honua Conference will explore Indigenous perspectives on sustainability, July 19-21. See update on July 19 schedule.

Media release.