Hawai'i conservation alliance

Conservation Land And Culture: Creating Conservation And Cultural Alliances

Kevin Chang, Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)
Lea Hong, The Trust for Public Land

Wednesday, August 3, 10 AM - 12 PM, Room 313BC

There are a growing number of successful projects and programs in Hawai‘i integrating traditional Hawaiian knowledge and culture with conservation. This panel will continue the dialogue of the previous year’s forums, allowing organizations involved in cultural/natural resource management to discuss the growth of their field and introduce their projects’ experiences, questions, and concerns with the conservation community. Topics could include land acquisition and management issues (community collaboration), training, implementing or coordinating ahupua‘a management concepts (makai and mauka resource views), balancing culture and the bottom line, and increasing diversity in Hawai‘i’s conservation community.

Speakers and Topics: Speakers will have approximately 10-15 minutes in which to introduce their organization or project and their role in it. Each speaker will then be asked about their project's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as well as its role in Hawai‘i’s conservation movement. The last 30 minutes of the session will be shaped by questions posed by the moderator and the audience. The purpose of this panel is not simply to present projects but to discuss common goals and obstacles, to network and to develop leadership skills and mutual support among the panelists and audience members for each other’s work.

  • Cheyenne Hiapo Perry, Office of Hawaiian Affairs will discuss OHA’s work at Wao Kele o Puna.
  • Julie Leialoha, Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will discuss DLNR’s partnership with OHA at Wao Kele o Puna.
  • Mahealani Cypher, Ko‘olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club will discuss their ahupua‘a boundary marker project
  • Hi‘ilei Kawelo, Paepae o He‘eia will discuss the successes and challenges of fishpond restoration work.
  • Kehaulani Souza, Archeologist and Mokauea ‘ohana will discuss marine environment restoration.

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