2021 Lā Honua / Earth Day Symposium


Makawalu: Environmental Kinship Across Communities

Monday, April 19

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Lā Honua Week Kīpaepae

Kumu Kekoa Harman and his UH Hilo KHAW 204 class

Wednesday, April 21

12:00 - 12:50pm

Kī-Note Presentation

ʻĀina-Awe Inspiring

Community Leader Kuʻulei Keakealani

1:00 - 1:50pm


What is Nature in the Anthropocene Epoch?

Kirsten Mollegaard & her ENG 287 Introduction to Rhetoric class


Culture & Nature: Our Land, Our Honua - A Symbiotic Life in Oceania

Tarisi Vunidilo & her ANTH 612 Indigenous Museum Studies class

  • UH Hilo students
    • Candy Gonzalez, Kekoʻo Brown, Darr Gilreath


Hold the Line: how sea turtles in Hawaiʻi are impacted by fishing line

Hawaiʻi CC Instructor Jen Sims

Workshop 1

Uluākea Protocol

UH Hilo student and Keaholoa Scholar, Kaluhea Fay Dudoit

Description: Participants will learn a mele komo or chant created by Dr. Taupōuri Tangarō for use in the field and in research, as part of a set of cultural and environmental protocols for the UH community, to facilitate culturally appropriate learning in nature spaces. Participants will also learn place names and about the culture of entering sacred spaces.

2:00 - 2:50pm


Nānā i ke Kumu, Exploring Cultural Dimensions of Marine Species in the Hawaiian Archipelago

UH Hilo student & EPP/MSI Scholar, Sheldon Rosa


Restoration of Hale o Lono Fishpond

Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation: Luka Kanakaʻole and Lanihuli Kanahele

Workshop 2

ʻAi Pono: Connection to Well-Being & Sustainability

Hawaiʻi CC I Ola Hāloa Program

Description: Participants will learn the mele kumuhonua or genealogical chant ʻO Wākea noho iā Papahānaumoku. There will also be a demonstration of how to prepare a delicious and healthy Poi smoothie.

3:00 - 3:50pm


Power of the Public: Claiming Your Voice on Environmental Impact Assessments

Michelle Shuey & GEOG 441 Environmentl Impact Assessment class.

Workshop 3

Healthy Filipino Cooking Demonstration

Hawaiʻi CC Counselor Jeanne Batallones for Blue Zones Bodies

Description: Participants will observe a healthy cooking demonstration focused on the use of Filipino vegetables grown by many of our local farmers and widely available in our local farmers' markets.

Thursday , April 22 - Global Earth Day

10:00 - 12:00

Fishing Line Clean-Up with the Honu Protectors at Coconut Island (Mokuola).

Please bring: face masks, clothes for rain or shine, gloves, reusable trash bags, tabis or sturdy water shoes, water, reef-safe sunscreen.

Please arrive before 10am and meet Ryan Sack & Kara Smith (wearing blue “Turtle Team” shirts) in the parking lot for a briefing on proper fishing line removal and disposal methods.

COVID safety measures will be strictly followed

Fishing Line Clean-Up flyer

RSVP to mophonu@hawaii.edu by April 21.

12:00 - 12:30pm


Campus Sustainability Highlights

UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie Irwin, Hawaiʻi CC Chancellor Rachel Solemsaas, and Pālamanui Kumu Kaʻea Lyons

12:30 - 1:45pm

Virtual Huakaʻi

Kaʻao at Keauhou

ʻImi Pono nō ka ʻĀina: Emily Leucht, Lahela Camara, Kehau Kaula

Full: Not accepting new registrants at this time


Aloha ʻĀina Career Pathways: UH Hilo & Hawaiʻi CC Alumni Working in Conservation

UH alumni Zoe Banfield, Kainana Francisco, Mahina Patterson, Bronson Palupe, Kēhau Springer, Sebastian Wells

2:00 - 3:15pm

Workshop 4

Hoʻoluʻu ma ka Hale: Dyeing with Hawaiʻi Plants

Hawaiʻi Papa o ke Ao Cultural Engagement Specialist Malu Dudoit & Kīpuka Peer Mentors

Description: Participants will learn about the natural dye process using 'Ōlena (Turmeric). Participants will receive materials prior to the workshop and must have access to a stove or heating pan to participate during workshop. Materials limited to participants living within State of Hawaiʻi.

Workshop 5

Writing to Appreciate the Environment,

Alicia Takaoka

Description: Participants will be encouraged to articulate details of the environment around them in narrative form to develop a deeper connection to ʻāina. Participants must be able to go outside, engage all of their senses, and collect elements from nature. Participants will also engage in a group activity and write a narrative piece to share. Participants are asked to have a notebook and access to a mobile device.

3:30 - 4:30pm

Kī Note Presentation

Ua Lū ka Hua: Unveiling the Catalyst, a Glimpse into Environmental Kinship Through Kuahu Hula

Kumu hula and Hawaiʻi CC Instructor, Pele Kaio

Friday, April 23

3:00 - 4:00pm

Kī-Note Presentation

A Whole Niu World: Indigenous Epistemology Rising!

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer, UH West Oʻahu