Hawai'i conservation alliance

Kīpaepae Opening Protocol

Welina e ke hoa kāʻana no Hawaiʻi Kuauli,

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance & Foundation, The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, and the Hawaiʻi Community College Haʻakumalae Protocols Committee personally invites all conference attendees to participate in the Kīpaepae Kā Mauli Kuauli, the official opening ceremony of the 23rd Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference.  Your participation is warmly welcomed and highly encouraged.

Kīpaepae literally translates to the stepping-stones for entering a house.  During this ceremony we will welcome all participants to Hilo as we begin to build our collective foundation, our kīpaepae, for the important work that will take place during the conference.

Special attention is given to the well-being of our mauli, our spirit, and the mauli of the landscape.  We intend to ignite, or , our mauli to bring forth the attitude, the intention, and the collective environment needed to accomplish our conference goals.  The conference theme, Hanohano Hawaiʻi Kuauli celebrates our verdant land and sea. The perpetuation and continued vision of Hawaiʻi Kuauli, as an abundant, resilient, and sustainable Hawaiʻi, depends not only on our physical workings on the ʻāina and kai, but also our internal and spiritual cultivation and evolution.

As each stone in the kīpaepae contributes individually to the structure, the foundations full potential is only realized when all the stones contribute to the whole.  We hope that you will join us in building our Kīpaepae Kā Mauli Kuauli.


Aloha mai e ko Hawaiʻi Kuauli!

Mahalo for your patience in receiving Kīpaepae Ka Mauli Kuauli details. 

We are less than a week away from the conference and are very excited about this opportunity to welcome the 1,000+ participants to Hawaiʻi Island and to the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference space.  Below are some important general details about this Kīpaepae.  Please read carefully as times have changed from previous postings and there are details for two groups. 

For a more detailed explanation of the Kīpaepae process and Kīpaepae throughout the conference please click here.

For links to mele mp3 and text and kīhei information please see links at the bottom of the page.


Opening Ceremony

For those who wish to be part of the Hui Kīpaepae (Welcoming group)

Date: Friday, July 31, 2015

Time: 4:00pm-7:00pm

Location: UHH Gymnasium


Bring: hei, pahu (if get), pū (if get, pū ʻohe can too)


Date: Monday, August 3, 2015

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

Location: UHH Gymnasium

What: Orientation, Kīhei tying ceremony (for those whom this will be the 1st time wearing a kīhei), Kūkulu moku,

Bring:  kīhei, hei, lei (to lei Malihini), pahu (if get), pū (if get, pū ʻohe can), pōhaku for kūkulu moku, purpose and potential


Time: 5:00pm || Kīpaepae begins with procession of Malihini (Visitors) to malae (ceremony space) at UHH Gym.


For our Malihini, our honored guests

Date: Monday, August 3, 2015

Time: 4:30pm-5:00pm

Location: UHH Campus Center Plaza

What: Orientation

Bring: kīhei (encouraged not required), small pōhaku, purpose and potential


Time: 5:00pm || Kīpaepae begins with procession of Malihini (Visitors) to malae (ceremony space) at UHH Gym.




Conference Mele

     - Kā Mauli Hou i ka ʻĀkua

     - Kā Mauli Hou i ka ʻĀkua (mele)


     - Mele koʻi honua: ʻO Wākea

     - Mele koʻi honua: ʻO Wākea (mele)

Other Mele

     - Lei ʻo Hilo

     - Lei ʻo Hilo (mele)


Kīhei Information

Kīpaepae Information for entire conference