A Kakou Bio-Cultural Initiative: Standing In Agency While Building Relationship With Agencies

Within bio-cultural initiatives cultural knowledge, needs, and behaviors are the basis of decision making and policy implementation. As Indigenous Researchers we aim to improve community well being from study findings. Policy, formal to informal, impact engagement with our community, human and non-human. A case study of contemporary Hawaii forest plant gathering practices will be reviewed to connect experiences of exemplifying agency while building relationships. Where does the endpoint lie for our communities and natural resource management, and where is it for agencies? This facilitated discussion aims to build a network of indigenous researchers supporting indigenous researchers when working with partnering agencies.