I Mana Ka Mauli, I Mauli Ka Mana

About He Au Honua

He Au Honua: Indigenous Research Conference will be held on Maui, Hawaiʻi from Tuesday, March 19 to Friday, March 22, 2019. The opening ceremonies will be a shared event with the Native Hawaiian Education Association at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. A lūʻau dinner to follow. The conference is hosted by the Native Hawaiian Education Association.

He Au Honua Conference Title:

He Au Honua derives from the Maori term He Manawa Whenua, the conference title over the last six years where it originated from. He Manawa Whenua is a term for a subterrainal aquifer or an underground spring. Water is life, and because a Manawa Whenua originates deep within the earth, Māori believe it is a most precious resource vital for the well-being of the people. This conference was gifted to Hawaiʻi in 2017 to signify the close ancestral ties between Maori and Kanaka Maoli. In keeping with the original title, He Au Honua where Au– not only refers to era, but also current, be it water, wind, or otherwise. Honua, meaning Earth, yet in other Polynesian languages, the honua (or cognates thereof) could also mean placenta. Being that we are of the honua, the new title suggests that this is our time to come forth more so than we already have. At the heart, of ancestral knowledge is research. Therefore this conference proposes to explore the pool of ancestral or indigenous knowledge and research under the following theme:

I Mana ka Mauli, I Mauli ka Mana

Life is Divine Power, Divinely Powerful is Life

MANA and MAULI exist in all things but the way in which they are seen, understood and utilized are varied and different. Mana is the power we have to influence things in the world, and mauli is the inner life-force inherent, as well as developed, within us. I Mana ka Mauli, I Mauli ka Mana our life force and our spiritual, intellectual, cultural power draw from each other. This speaks to our indigenous intellectual framework that includes our kuleana and relationship with nā akua (divine, supernatural), ʻohana (familial, cultural) and ‘āina (rooted in, related to and responsible for the land/ocean). We have chosen the theme for this conference to continue the movement from the last He Manawa Whenua conference of Indigenous Sovereignty.

Day I Keynote Opening Session

Join sisters- Hōkūlani Holt and Ulalia Woodside as they open the 2019 He Au Honua Indigenous Research Conference at UH Maui College.

Hōkūlani Holt is a master hula teacher who first studied with her grandmother Ida Pakulani Long, and later learned from her aunt Kahili Cummings, mother Leiana Woodside and Hoakalei Kamau‘u. Holt is also an educator, playwright, composer and director. Her bilingual hula drama about Maui’s premier chief, Kahekili, toured the U.S., Japan and Germany. In addition to leading the hālau she founded in 1976, Pā‘ū O Hi‘iaka, she directs Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, a Hawaiian student scholarship program at UH Maui College. She also works with nonprofits Kauahea Inc. and Lālākea Foundation, teaches community culture classes, and oversees cultural education centers in Waihe‘e and Wai‘ehu, Maui.

In both her professional career and as hula teacher, Ulalia Woodside is dedicated to the thriving lands, seas, people and culture of Hawaiʻi. Currently the executive director for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi, she and her team protect and restore native watershed forests, and collaborate with communities to improve coral reefs and fisheries. Prior to joining TNC, Ulalia oversaw and expanded place-based education and natural and cultural resources management programs at Kamehameha Schools. She collaborates to advance cultural ecosystem services research and the unique relationship of indigenous peoples to natural resources management as a contributing author to journal articles. Ulalia serves on the board of directors for Hawai‘i Green Growth, Mālama Honua Public Charter School, Kauahea Inc. and the Lālākea Foundation; organizations dedicated to the advancement of learning, traditional cultural practices, and the preservation of the Hawaiian relationship to land.

Featured Scholar Speakers:

Join Dr. Larissa Behrendt of Australia for a special film presentation on March 20th – Day II Session III. We also invite you to participate in an evening event with esteemed Māori scholar and practitioner, Sir Timoti Kāretu of Aotearoa on March 21st – Day III.

Scholar Speaker Information: heauhonua.com/featured-scholar-speakers/


Vendors in Hawaiian arts and crafts, weaving, apparel, carving, jewelry etc. will be invited to purchase space to exhibit and/or sell their products to participants of the conference. Our aim is to provide a marketplace of indigenous authentic items and provide the opportunity for artists, practitioners, and arts organizations to expose their skills and capabilities to a national and international audience.

Vendor Information: heauhonua.com/vendors