Hoʻomālamalama Presentation Highlights

Leimaile Quitevas
I Ka ʻŌlelo No Ke Ola, Life is in Speech

As a daughter, sister, friend, mother, and or grandmother our words effect our loved ones, families, communities and the world around us. In truth our words and actions help to create the world we all share. Each time we speak we have the choice to inspire, evoke, heal or hurt. Come and be inspired by beautiful women and explore the power of your own words.

Meleanna Meyer
A True Path to Dream, Line, Voice & Vision:  Creativity Nested in Culture
A workshop on creativity & the arts is super critical in these times for the following reasons: Women have much to contribute and we need to find many additional outlets and ways for our visions and dreams to take concrete form. This kind of work will allow a quickening of this kind of creative dreaming to happen.Outline of one hour session: (1) Create Cut-out books; (2) draw guided imagery;  (3) discuss work in group; (4) affirm and build on visuals to begin life-story & path through created visions.

Val Kalei Kanuha
Namelehuapono: Using Hawaiian Culture for Healing From and Accountability For Domestic Violence
Family and intimate partner violence is among the most significant and prevalent social problems in contemporary Hawaiian families. Most commonly, Hawaiian women and girls are the victims/survivors of violence at the minds and hands of Hawaiian men. Unfortunately, we in the Hawaiian community rarely talk about the disrespect and harm that Hawaiian men inflict upon Hawaiian women. How did we come to this tragic place from an indigenous history of pono, kuleana, and aloha? This session will engage participants in discussing the historical gender roles of male and female in old Hawaiʻi, the impact of colonization on Hawaiian family life, and a culturally-based approach to healing wahine survivors from and holding our kāne accountable for violence in their relationships, families and communities. 
Puamana Crabbe
Hawaiian Inspired Designs
I will talk about my early design inspirations; inspiration @ an early age; how I started & 2011 MAMo fashion show clips.  Also how Hawaiian culture inspired my designs.
Kehau Kali
Leadership, Management and Innovation: A Journey of a Native Hawaiian Business Woman
Learning how to thrive and prosper in the ‘foreign culture’ of business, Kehau Kali will share her story of how to successfully combine being true to her native Hawaiian culture and heritage with prospering in the world of business and taking care of her community.  If you work in a business or non-profit, and want to ‘do good and make money’, then you’ll benefit from her tips and advice on building a sustainable entity for the 21st century that combines your passion and purpose resulting in prosperity for all.

Aukahi Austin, PhD., Andrea Hermosura
ūlana Hawai‘i:The Health of Native Hawaiian Women.

We will discuss the health challenges facing Native Hawaiians including obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases and talk about the role Wahine Hawai‘i have in improving the health of our lāhui. You will hear about specific strategies for keeping healthy and making the changes you want to make to live your best life. Activities will include group discussion, motivation and goal setting exercises, and sharing about resources and services in the community.

Kuulei Kanahele
He Kihoihoi Kanawai – Hiiaka as a Healer

In myth, Hiiaka is known for reviving Lohiau and bringing him back to life. Who is Hiiaka and what is her role as a healing deity?

Kīhāpai Krug
Raising Hawaiian Speaking and Believing Children in our society today

My presentation will focus on describing some of my experiences gained while building our family through Hawaiian language, culture and spirituality.  It is important for us to develop a set of beliefs based upon our familial and cultural experiences to solidify an identity.  My identity has been shaped by my beliefs as a mother and affects how we raise our Hawaiian-speaking and believing children in our current society.  This identity also transfers onto our children and motivates them to travel through life as Hawaiians who are confident in the key elements of a vibrant and flourishing native culture.  I will be speaking about some of the lessons that I have learned through this journey.  These lessons will express my views about my motherly experiences and describe a journey for other mothers to learn from.  The basis of this discussion is to progress further into this seldom traveled path of the ‘Ohana Hawaiʻi. 

Bernie Strand, Monica Perpignan
Recovery from Substance Abuse: Stories of Hope for Native Hawaiian Women

Ms. Strand will co-present with Monica Perpignan, with HOPE, Inc, about the impact of substance abuse on Native Hawaiian women and the role of the Access to Recovery Project (ATR Ohana) grant and provider agencies in supporting Native Hawaiian women who choose recovery from drug and alcohol abuse.

Helen Wai
What Could You Possibly be M.A.D about?

According to the American Psychological Association a survey in late 2008 found that 80 percent of the people who responded said that the recent financial crisis was causing them a significant amount of stress. That is an increase from the earlier survey done in 2007 which they found only 66 percent were stressed. The anxiety over money has produced a new ailment that is affecting a large part of the population, particularly women. Psychology professionals have a name for this affliction: Money Anxiety Disorder. Women are more likely to be stressed about money issues because they are worried about their familyʻs daily needs and well-being. They may not be comfortable with managing the money; their spouse might be the one doing it or they may be a single parent. They may not be the major breadwinners; or they are the care-givers. Money is one of the hardest subjects to talk about and its through this session that you will learn some practical things that you can do today to help relieve your madness.

Cheryl Ka‘uhane Lupenui
Leading from a Hawaiian Place

Inherent in the unique culture of Hawaiʻi is a worldview that inspires a different way of leading alongside existing Western models. This presentation is based on a framework developed by The Leader Project that integrates both Hawaiian and Western business concepts and practices.  Participants will engage in learning experiences that explore together a Hawai’i-based model of leadership as a source for insight into their own leadership style.  The purpose is to support women leaders in innovative efforts to strengthen their communities in Hawaiʻi and beyond.

Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit
Ike Kū‘okoʻa

I would like to share the ʻIke Kū‘okoʻa Initiative at the Aha Wahine. This initiative is seeking volunteers to transcribe the Hawaiian language newspapers for preservation and access to the whole repository for the future generations of Hawaiians. Funding has dried out, the project is not sexy enough; so with no alternative but to stop the work or send it down to Cambodia for OCR, we have turned to the people of Hawaiʻi to assist in completing this important foundational Hawaiian resource. In 8 years we have completed only 15,000 pages which comprises roughly 10% of the corpus and that alone has changed the face of Hawaiian scholarship and research forever.

Additionally, I know as a mother of 12 and Tūtū of 8; we are a matriarchial society. To reach the women and their networks is to reach the Hawaiian community. If we each embrace this project and make it a priority in our own circles and networks, this initiative will be successful and we (kākou) cannot afford to fail. Not if we want to level the playing fields and give our children and grandchildren access to this intentional repository of Hawaiian knowledge that is our legacy and kuleana.

Carol Titcomb
Nana I Ke Kumu

In all the talk about cultural preservation, we never hear about child rearing, yet that is how traditions are passed from one generation to the next.  How does one raise a healthy Hawaiian child?  What cultural knowledge and practices should be preserved for future generations?  Nana i ke kumu.  I asked kupuna how they were raised and what they would like to see carried on by their mo’opuna.  Their ‘ike will guide the development of programs to build strong foundations for our families.

Ku Kahakalau
Ū-A-KANAKA: Educated Modern Hawaiian Women

This presentation explores how a family of modern Hawaiian women practitioners on Hawai’i Island exhibit being Hawaiian, expressed as “kū-a-kanaka” in Hawaiian.  Topics include daily protocol and cultural practices, with a special focus on female ceremonies and rituals, personal values and interests, use of Hawaiian language, metaphors, oli and pule in daily communication, diet and health practices, childcare and education and more.  This presentation will be of interest to women who want to intensify their knowledge and use of Hawaiian language and cultural practices and live the way of a modern Hawaiian woman educated in the ways of the past and the ways of the future.

Carolyn Denney
Ice and it’s impact to the Ohana and community

Speaking from the heart, as the mother of a Meth addict, Carolyn can speak first hand to the effects of this dangerous drug to the Ohana. She will discuss how Meth is destroying our community and children and the importance of supporting the Hawaii Meth Project’s mission to stop meth use before it starts.

Kamaile Puaoi
Lomilomi for Stress Relief and Relaxation

Based on knowledge passed on from our Kupuna, this class would help to teach how we can use Lomilomi in our homes and within our families to reduce stress and promote relaxation. From executives to at home Mom’s, we will be able to show you simple lomilomi traditions as well as great stretches that are sure to help improve not only the stress level, but also the health of everyone who receives it!  (1.  Talk, History, and Demonstration.  2.  Hands on audience participation partnered up.)

Ku‘ualoha Ho‘omanawanui
Mana Wahine:  Female Empowerment, in Traditional Literature as Lessons for Kanaka Maoli Today

Traditional stories in many cultures lay the foundation for cultural values and expectations, and Hawaiian moʻolelo (history, stories) is no different. This presentation focuses on the theme of mana wahine (female empowerment) in traditional literature such as Pele and Hiʻiaka to discuss how such powerful female ancestors can guide Kanaka Maoli today in ways that uplift and support cultural connections that contribute to better spiritual and mental health and overall well-being.

Kukui Maunakea-Forth
Social Enterprise as a Community Empowerment Tool

WCRC’s (Kauhale) mission is to establish a non-profit community development corporation (CDC) to plan and implement community-based economic development (CBED) projects that create opportunities through the education, training, and mentoring of participants (residents) of the Waiʻanae community, especially youth.  Kauhale eduprise programs serve moku youth of which a majority are native Hawaiian, of low socio-economic status, possess low academic attainment levels and often suffer a disproportionate amount of health and well-being disparities.  The majority is also wahine. Our organization believes that we are making significant assets available to wahine in our programs and that they will be powerful civic contributors as a result.  We would like to present our programs and practices in a venue that allows us to reflect and critique with other individuals and organizations doing similar work.   Receiving and sharing best practice would be a practical and productive outcome for our participation.

Kalikolani Correa, Ilima Seto-Long and Leialoha Au
Ka Moolelo o Hiiakaikapoliopele: Aloha `
Āina and Intergenerational Passing of Knowledge

In the Fall semester of 2011, graduate students  Kaliko Correa, Leialoha Au and Ilima Seto-Long, under the directions of Dr. Noenoe Silva, studied Hooulumahiehie’s Ka Moolelo o Hiiakaikapoliopele within the political framework of aloha `āina.  Kaliko Correa explored concepts of both mana ‘āina and māna `āina within the mo`olelo as a way to develop aloha `āina discourse.  Leialoha Au looked at the political implications and depth of metaphor in Hooulumahiehie’s deliberate arrangement of particular sections in a lā`au lapa`au chant as a way to call for the inter-generational passing on of valuable knowledge  and Ilima Seto-Long explored how women’s creative, genealogical and experiential connections to land, as found in the mo`olelo, inform the concept of Mana Wahine.  Join these wāhine as they consider how kanaka maoli have historically used the mo`olelo to bolster a sense of national identity and how that might be applied today.

Bonnie Kahapea-Turner, Pomai Bertelmann, Pua Lincoln-Maelua
Wahine Voyagers

The ocean is a very healing place which also fosters courage, connection to elemental forces, community, and a host of other things.  Makali`i has always been know to have a large women crew and Makalii has spurred the growth of Kanehunamoku, our double hulled canoe, which we use to teach and pass on the knowledge shared with us by our kupuna

Lilikala Kameeleihiwa, PhD
ā Wahine Kapu: Divine Hawaiian wahine and their sexuality, a source of all knowledge of the Universe

Join Dr. Kameeleihiwa as she takes us on a journey through antiquity and excites the ancestral deity within us by sharing the history of our female gods and the essence that lie within us.

Leah Kihara
Creative Voices, Creative Visions

Sharing our stories through video and other forms of media to empower our own community and enlighten those beyond our islands.

Filmmaker, Leah Kihara attended USC’s Cinema School and was set on a career in Hollywood when she realized that her fulfillment would come by bringing her passion and skills home.  Given the opportunities to interview and document some of Hawai’i’s treasures as a documentary filmmaker (Hokule’a – Guiding Star) and creatively share her visions as a short film director (i scream, floats & Sundays, Kava Kultcha), Leah reflects on her experiences to inspire others to find their creative voice to empower ourselves in the media.  After carving a unique career as one of the few Hawaiian female directors, she now inspires future filmmakers as a Video Productions Instructor at Kamehameha High School, Kapalama.

Maile Andrade
Celebrating the Creative Expression In All of Us Through

Learn about the many layers of conceptualizing, use of materials and how artist develop work.  Discusss the process of idea development from beginning to final presentation. Look at work created that addresses social issues, with historical relevance and specific attentions to Hawaiian cultural, environmental and political ideas.  Why important?  Another option to mindmapping, brainstorming, development of ideas.  This is a hands-on activity.

Malia Nobrega, Mililani Trask
Indigenous Women- Guardians of Traditional Knowledge
Indigenous women play a vital role in the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity as guardians of traditional knowledge.  The traditional practices of indigenous women, such as food provision and agro-biodiversity, have greatly contributed to the conservation of biodiversity, and the sustainable management of natural resources. Indigenous women are also the key to the intergenerational transmission of traditional knowledge through indigenous languages.

In this presentation, Native Hawaiian women will share their international, regional, and local experiences of advocating for our rights as indigenous peoples and indigenous women.  Learn more about the work of the Indigenous Women’s Biodiversity Network (IWBN) and join us in creating a local network for Native Hawaiian women to strengthen our role and participation at all levels of policy making, capacity building, and intergenerational transmission of knowledge.

Nalani Kaneakua, Tammy Smith, Kaiulani Odom
Raise your hand if you feel you acquired the tools to eat healthy while you were in school.

We are missing a valuable opportunity to instill into our children the desire to grow, prepare and eat food that will help them to lead healthy lives.  Learn about three programs that are leading the way in incorporating cultural nutrition foundations in school based programs.  Nalani Kaneakua of Waipa will share her work with the keiki of Kauai, Tammy Smith will talk about the school lunch program she runs and Kaiulani Odom will share her program “Ehuola”  a five day food immersion program for school aged children and their families. 

These programs are culturally driven, aina based, and support locally grown and raised foods.  They strive to give our children a strong sense of knowing the importance of where their food comes from, hands on skills to prepare foods and how they can help to create health for their families and communities.

Puni Freitas, Mele Coelho, Kamaile Puaoi, Kaiulani Odom, Love Chance
Wahine Hapai – Culture and Traditions around Childbirth
Come talk story with our practitioners who have been learning through interviews, research and application cultural practices related to childbirth.  We will share our knowledge of lāʻau, lomilomi, ʻai pono and hoʻoponpono as it relates to our women and their families.  Your knowledge and stories are valuable and they are welcome into the circle.

Kalei Nuuhiwa
HAUMEA – Establishing Sacred Space. Female Ceremonies and Heiau

Haumea is a deity whose important function is to establish sacred space. She provides the tools to recognize when that special space is potent for ceremony and ritual. As the pertinent female to any ceremony she provides that possibility for understanding and connection between the knowledge we acquire and the wisdom we pass on. Once a sacred space is established it allows us access for the interaction between us and our akua. Haumea also plots out the evolution of organisms, practices, activities, etc. in a chronological order. Therefore, Haumea ties time and space together.

Let us examine the pertinent roles females have in ritual and ceremony. We will explore the makahiki and luakini rituals. All participants will learn a pīwai ritual and chant. Come prepared to establish your sacred space

C. Kanoelani Naone, PhD
How to Raise Children who are Powerful Change Makers for Hawaiian Well-Being

Everything we do today will impact the future well-being of Kanaka Maoli. This presentation and then interactive conversation will give realistic actions mother’s can take to raise conscious children that can have a political impact on future generations. We are in a precarious generation where hip-hop, ipads, and tv are shaping the minds of our children. Without deliberate, conscious, well planned action we may lose the next generation of Hawaiians. On the other hand, with deliberate, conscious, and well planned action we can propel the next generation of Hawaiians to be the change we all want to see.

Reni Soon, MD, Assistant Professor
Cancer screening and it’s importance to our wahine

This is important because kanaka maoli have the highest cancer mortality rates in Hawaii, and Native Hawaiian women have the highest breast cancer incidence and mortality rates in Hawaii. Some of that may be genetic, but several studies point to a reluctance on the part of Native Hawaiians to get screened for cancers for a variety of reasons. I would like to emphasize why cancer screening is important and how it can benefit our women and our families.

Tricia Usagawa
Energy Expenditure and Hula

How hard of a workout is dancing hula? To better understand hula as a physical activity, we conducted research to measure the Metabolic equivalent or ‘MET’ level of this cultural practice. The testing instrument measures each breath and heartbeat for every second, and every movement of the dancer. When an accomplished hula dancer moves across the floor, it looks effortless. Yet, anyone who has tried even a simple set of hula motions can say, without hesitation, that hula is a full body and mind workout. The degree of exertion is often underestimated by those who do not dance. Results from research on the energy expenditure of dancing hula will be presented. This is a part of a larger research effort to evaluate hula as a form of cardiac rehabilitation.

Physical activity is essential for women of all ages and is a key component in preventing and managing many chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease which disproportionally affect Native Hawaiian women. Our presentation will show that a cultural practice can also be an effective activity to improve health and well-being.

Hokulani Holt
Are ceremonies and rituals for me?

Our kupuna’s lives were filled with ceremonies and rituals that connected them to their akua and to the environment that surrounded them. These ceremonies and rituals were important ways to connect the human to the environment, to the akua, and to each other. It reinforced the godliness in all things and the importance of each to the other.

Our lives in so many ways are filled with ceremony and ritual and help us to center our thoughts and behaviors, as well as symbolically remember and reinforce important concepts. They are important parts of what we do. Much of what we do culturally or socially as Hawaiians often have rituals and ceremonies which form the connection we have between each other and our past.

Let us explore how we can bring forward the concepts, rituals, and ceremonies of our past to once again connect the human to the environment, to the akua, and to each other.

Kainani Kahaunaele, Eomailani Kukahiko
ānau ma ka hale

Getting back to home births and empowering the mother, involving the father and ʻohana welcoming the pua hou na ka lāhui. Mothers who have opted for home birth would be a good workshop to show our wahine that we ourselves can keep the mana at home and start to divorce ourselves from the manaʻo that the hospital is the best, only or safest place for babies to be born. This discussion may even include parents who have experienced ʻiewe issues, papahulilani – astrology, haku mele inoa/maʻi, lāʻau lapaʻau etc.

Bring out our Haumea and return our basic function of birthing back to the home.

Janelle Oishi
Domestic violence in our communities

Domestic violence is an issue that affects all communities.  It is important for survivors to know that they are not alone and that there are available resources for them.  I will present basic information about the prevalence of domestic violence and its dynamics (how to recognize domestic violence) and local resources.

Terry Kekoʻolani, Eri Oura, Elise Davis
Demilitarization of Hawaiʻi

This talk-story session will focus on the issue of militarism in Hawaiʻi. Demilitarization is an important component of the livelihood of all peoples, but in this session we want to focus on discussing the effects of militarism in Hawaiʻi. What kinds of power dynamics are used in a militarized context? How does it affect indigenous populations? What kinds of effects does militarism have on the health and well being of individuals and our communities?

Kēhaunani Abad
Following the examples of exemplary ali‘i: How can leaders today adapt the strategies of our most revered ali‘i?

Both wāhine and kāne play vital leadership roles in our lāhui. Looking back to our mo‘olelo and mo‘okū‘auhau reveal “templates” of innovative behaviors and strategies that our most successful ali‘i in traditional times applied and which leaders today can adapt to help our lāhui successfully come together and move forward.

Kapua Kawelo
Careers in Malama Aina-A Hawaiian Woman’s Perspective

Protecting Hawaii’s Natural Resources (plants and animals) is vital to preserving our cultural identity.  The plants and animals of Hawaii are a critical link to our past and essential to our future cultural existence.  Hawaii’s stories, history and cultural practices are tied to respect and aloha for our surroundings.  More Hawaiians are needed in malama aina careers.

Toni Kaui
Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) careers for Wahine

Hawaiʻi offers a multitude of STEM careers. Some examples include energy (geothermal, wave, solar, deep water), astronomy, agri- and aquaculture, transportation, and construction.  However, the number of girls who choose to enter a STEM career is greatly overshadowed by boys. This presentation will share some research behind this phenomenon, provide some strategies for breaking the cycle, and offer some ways of integrating culture-based inquiry in STEM courses.

Leina‘ala Kalama Heine
Hula: Mana In Motion

Hula is the most popular Hawaiian cultural practice in the world with thousands of wahine, kane, and keiki learning hula both here in Hawaii and across the world.  What lessons does hula have to empower us as wahine Hawaii and how do we connect with that mana within all of us.

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