By Malia Nobrega-Olivera and Kalei Nuʻuhiwa
The ʻAimalama Collective formally started in 2015 to bring awareness and action to Hawaiʻi’s communities in response to the burgeoning climate change initiatives of that time.
With the intention to grow, learn and practice kaulana mahina (Native Hawaiian timekeeping) and kilo (observation, data collection, and trend analysis) the ʻAimalama methodology was, and continues to be, embraced by many community members as an Indigenous tool to identify baselines, track and record seasonality changes, migration patterns, and weather.
The ʻAimalama method has become a movement to help practitioners, educators, and scientists learn to take cues from the environment.
The ʻAimalama movement included gatherings of kūpuna, practitioners, educators, historians and policymakers together for two conferences, 26+ community trainings, and formal international and national presentations at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) – World Conservation Conference (WCC); the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) annual gathering; IUCN Youth Symposium in Madrid, Spain; He Manawa Whenua and Te Hekenga A Rongo in Aotearoa, to name a few.
The collective realized over the years and through our work that our developed ʻAimalama methodology has and continues to catalyze environmental movements supporting the recognition of human and environmental health.
In 2022, surviving challenges from the pandemic has triggered global environmental awareness. Indigenous methodologies and ingenuity need to be actively included and initiated. The ʻAimalama Collective has gone through its own metamorphosis and has emerged as a new entity and collective called Kilo Malama, which more accurately describes the work that we are doing in various public and private sectors.
As part of the Mauliola Endowment ecosystem that strives to reinstate Native Hawaiian methodologies into daily pathways that support health and wellbeing, this year, as Kilo Malama, we will be offering a series of learning experiences called the Kilo Malama 2022 Pānānā Collective for people, practitioners, families, educators, hālau, communities, and organizations who have been collecting environmental data.
Kilo Malama 2022 Pānānā Collective
The Kilo Malama 2022 Pānānā Collective offers three experiences (virtual and in-person):
- Pae Niho: Setting the Structural Stones
- Kīpapa: Building the Walls
- Koʻa: Establishing the Focal Point.
These experiences have been created to help participants learn to sift through kilo data and develop strategies to become better humans on the honua. Each experience includes opportunities to hear directly from, and learn together with, Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners, scientists, and educators.
Participants will learn new skills, deepen environmental understanding and strengthen kincentric relationships to become a true mauliauhonua. Hawaiian kūpuna recognized mauliauhonua as individuals or families that have remained in a location for multiple generations. The term mauliauhonua means that the person was born on, lived, and will be buried on the land, becoming the actual living and thriving essence of the honua. This Kilo Malama series is the next pohaku needed to learn skills essential to becoming good ancestors for future generations.
Let’s create our metaphorical pānānā together, one pohaku at a time.