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Pōʻai Ke Aloha ʻĀina Project

A project of the Dana Naone Hall Chair to elevate aloha ʻāina practices within our community and promote collaborative relationships with sustainability leaders from around the world.

The project has three areas of focus:

Food Systems & Waste

Exploring the future of food, from farm to table, and table to farm, with a focus on how we can provide for our people today, and building a sustainable future.

Circular Economy Interventions

Intervening in efforts to achieve a circular economy through publications and advocacy - by learning from the efforts of our homegrown aloha ʻāina leaders, as well as our partners from around the globe.

Water Resource Management

Uplifting pono water resource management through a lens of aloha ʻāina and community-based restorative justice efforts.

Circular Economy Interventions
Food Systems & Waste
Water Resource Management
Aloha ʻĀina

And three projected outcomes:

Pūnāwai Research Lab

Under the direction of Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer in his capacity as Dana Naone Hall Chair, the Pūnāwai Research Lab commits to elevating aloha ʻāina as an international best practice through research, policy, creative works, and publications.

Piʻo Summit

A biannual summit which would provide a powerful opportunity to increase university community dialogue around aloha ʻāina and highlight the urgency of the changes we need to make for our islands and world, while also calling attention to the level of excellence of our (kākou) aloha ʻāina efforts.

Community Partnerships

To complete the projected outcomes of the Pōʻai ke Aloha ʻĀina project, the resources of the Chair position provide for graduate research assistants to document and support onsite aloha ʻāina projects conducted in partnership with various community organizations.

Celebrating our Piʻo Summit

Advancing a Circular Economy in Hawaiʻi

A partnership of the Dana Naone Hall Endowed Chair and the Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation, the 2023 Piʻo Summit brought together UH and community partners to advance contemporary applications of ancestral innovation and resource management sciences to help develop sustainable and just solutions for healthy communities in Hawai‘i and around the world.

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Wai Sovereignty & Justice

Wai Sovereignty & Justice was chosen as the theme of our inaugural summit to draw attention and action to the current state of our wai, along with the constant threats our water resources are currently facing. Wai Sovereignty & Justice brought together esteemed community leaders, advocates, and truth speakers who are advancing aloha ʻāina and water justice. The summit consisted of two day-time panels, a networking mixer event and an evening keynote discussion.

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A few words about me

I am a professor and Director of Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, as well as the inaugural Dana Naone Hall Endowed Chair, leading a team focused on restoring ancestral abundance to Hawaiʻi through indigenous Hawaiian economic and resource management systems. My books include No Mākou Ka Mana: Liberating the Nation and Islands & Cultures: How Pacific Islands Provide Paths Toward Sustainability. In addition to my academic service, I am a father, organizer, and activist in movements to advance aloha ʻāina and justice.

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