By the Native Hawaiian Place of Learning Office
The UH Mānoa Native Hawaiian Place of Learning (NHPoL) Advancement Office will be hosting “Hawaiʻi Kuʻu Home Aloha 2024 Summit,” a free, three-day event Jan. 16-18, 2024.
Hawaiʻi Kuʻu Home Aloha (HKHA) is NHPoL’s annual invitation to gather and build pilina with one another, our ʻāina, and the places we call home, particularly during the events surrounding January 17, a day we hold in remembrance.
The summit will be hosted on the UH Mānoa campus and include a series of workshops, presentations, and engagement opportunities open to all community members. Light food and refreshments will be provided.
Each day of the summit will focus on a different generational perspective of interacting with ʻāina past, present, and future.
On day one, a historical walk-through of some Hawaiʻi communities will interweave past historical legacies of our changing landscapes. Day two will focus on the present, inviting participants to be grounded in ceremony and deeply present with one another and ʻāina. The final day of the summit will point us to the dreams for the future generations of our beloved home.
Summit presenters include Dean of Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Dr. Jon Osorio, Campus Arboretum Curator Nōweo Kai, artist and playwright Sean Dunnington, Kumu Hula Kekuhi Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani and social change agent Dr. Gail Christopher.
Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani and Christopher will present the summit’s keynote address on the evening of January 18 at Kennedy Theatre entitled: “For Our Grandchildren: Healing. Restoring. Imagining.”
Christopher is an award-winning social change agent with expertise in the social determinants of health and wellbeing in related public policies. Her work is monumental to Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation (TRHT) efforts across the U.S. continent.
Kealiʻikanakaʻoleohaililani is an educator, creator and owner of Lonoa Honua. She is a renowned community figure with a gift for cultivating relationships and rediscovering ecological connections and relations from this Hawaiʻi to the Hawaiʻi beyond the horizon.
With ʻāina at the center of its intentions, the NHPoL Advancement Office welcomes all interested individuals to attend – no specific background or experience is required.
To register for Hawaiʻi Kuʻu Home Aloha go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKHA2024. To review the HKHA 2024 resource guide and schedule go to: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/nhpol/hawaii-kuu-home-aloha/. For additional inquiries, please email: email@example.com