Hawai'i conservation alliance

Conference Public Event

HCA Open House

Wednesday, August 3, 3:30-8 PM

Each year the Hawai'i Conservation Alliance sponsors free events open to both conference attendees and the general public. This year's program will feature presentations by Susan Middleton and Eddie and Myrna Kamae. Free popcorn, Big Island Candies shortbread cookies and iced tea will be provided.

Download Open House Press Release

3:20-6:30 PM: Teachers, educators and interested members of the general public are invited to attend free events   sponsored by the Hawai'i Environmental Education Alliance (HEEA). 

3:30-7 PM: Conservation through Art Exhibit, conference exhibits and poster presentations open.

Susan Middleton, "Art, Science and Biodiversity"

Wednesday, August 3, 5:30-6:30 PM

For more than 25 years, Susan Middleton’s photographs have explored the intersection of of art, science, and biodiversity. In this presentation, she creates a portrait of life through images taken from 1985 to the present, with a special emphasis on Hawai'i. A selection of images from Middleton's and David Liittschwager's book and exhibition "Archipelago: Portraits of Life in the World's Most Remote Island Sanctuary" will be featured in the Conference's Conservation through Art exhibit.
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Photo by Susan Middleton and David Liitschwager, (c) 2005.

Eddie and Myrna Kamae, "Listen to the Forest"

Mk&ek&waterfall_1-2 Wednesday, August 3, 6:30-8 PM

Director, filmmaker and musician Eddie Kamae and producer Myrna Kamae present Listen to the Forest (1993), an award-winning documentary about mālama 'āina (taking care of the land).

The event will feature the premiere of a new Happy Face Spider song by Jeff Cicatko and his son Jonah to be followed by Eddie Kamae, master of the 'ukulele, who will enchant listeners with a couple of forest songs.  Teachers who attend the Listen to the Forest film screening will receive a free DVD!

About Listen to the Forest:

Throughout the film, Kamae echoes the message he says the forest is sending to all of us. “The forest is crying out, we need to listen . . . I don’t just mean the beautiful sounds of the birds and the wind in the ‘Ohi‘a, but the message the old Hawaiians who lived close to the earth can still hear and remember.”

The film explores and celebrates the interrelationship of living creatures--plants, insects, animals, and man--who live in and depend on the rainforest. This universal subject is expressed in the Hawaiian tradition revealing the powerful connection between the natural history and cultural life of these islands. Through interviews and original songs, chants and dances, the film gives voice to an older form of ecological wisdom that is summed up in the phrase Malama ‘aina—to take care of the earth. It features kumu hula, kupuna and other native Hawaiians who speak of a time when the people of these islands came to the forest often to listen, look, share and partake in its bounty and beauty, gathering needed materials with care, respect and gratitude. Download Listen to the Forest Press Release