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 5:30 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.

2019 He Au Honua Conference Program

Download and explore the conference program on your phone or ipad/tablet through the guidebook free mobile app: Conference Program. Our team will notify you through the guidebook free mobile app of any changes or updates throughout the week. We encourage all conference participants to utilize the conference program mobile app. For those who will need assistance, we have our team ready to provide tech support at the registration area.

Take a closer look at the conference schedule: HAH Conference Schedule

Day I Keynote Opening Session

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

Hōkūlani Holt, PhD 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:

On March 20th – Day II Session III, conference participants will have the opportunity to attend one of the following: 1. Film presentation and lecture with Jason De Santolo, PhD of Australia, 2. Presentation on Hawaiian Drama & Media with Haili‘ōpua Baker, MFA & Kaliko Baker, PhD of Hawai‘i, 3. Panel presentation on Haumea with Lisa Watkins-Victorino, PhD, Mehanaokalā Hind, MA & Kealoha Fox, PhD of Hawai‘i, 4. Huaka‘i to Olinda-Waihou Spring Forest Reserve (Field Experience).

We also invite you to participate in an evening panel presentation on Revitalizing Indigenous Languages with esteemed Māori scholar and practitioner, Sir Timoti Kāretu, PhD of Aotearoa, ‘Ōiwi scholar & practitioners Annette Ku‘uipolani Kanahele-Wong, PhD and Hiapo Perreira, PhD and facilitated by ‘Ōiwi scholar & practitioner Kahele Dukelow, MA on March 21st – Day III.

Scholar Speaker Information: Featured Scholar Speakers

Shuttle Service

A complimentary shuttle service will be provided for conference participants to and from UH Maui College and the Maui Beach and Courtyard Marriott Hotels beginning Tuesday, March 19th thru Friday, March 22nd. Please contact the hotels directly for shuttle service to and from the Kahului Airport.

Shuttle Service Information: Shuttle Service

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