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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.

A few words about me

Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer is a professor at the Center for Hawaiian Studies in the Hui ‘Āina Momona Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a joint appointment in the Richardson School of Law and the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

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