Waimānalo Mau a Mau: Utilizing Pono Research principles to develop, implement, and disseminate culturally-grounded health programs for Native Hawaiians


This panel provides a model of decolonizing research through indigenous lens to facilitate the development, implementation, and dissemination of culturally-grounded health programs for Kānaka Maoli (Kānaka; Indigenous people of Hawaiʻi), which we call Pono Research. Community members and academic researchers’ share perspectives on the strengths and challenges of engaging in a pono research approach using examples from six programs and initiatives developed for and with Kānaka in Waimānalo, Hawaiʻi. Through equitable distribution of power and collective action, these programs and initiatives have been successful in addressing food insecurity and improving physical and mental well-being, social support, cultural and community connectedness.