ʻAimalama: A Mauliauhonua Experience

August 9, 2018 - August 11, 2018
Maui Campus, 310 W Kaahumanu Ave, Kahului, HI 96732, USA

For millennia, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Peoples have relied on lunar calendars to measure the cycles of the natural world and guide cultural, community, and resource management praxis. ‘Aimalama: A Mauliauhona Experience will take place August 9–11, 2018, at the University of Hawai‘i Maui College (UHMC) campus. The three-day conference will guide attendees on how to create their own Kaulana Mahina (Hawaiian lunar calendar) specific to their local environments, strengthen their kilo (observation) skills, and leverage best practices for recording site-specific natural events. Conference information is available online at aimalama.org.

The term “mauliauhonua” is a reference made to a family or community that has resided in a particular location for multiple generations. Mauliauhonua have personal collective experiences from their surroundings that have informed their methods of survival. Mauliauhonua communities have learned about the winds, rains, characteristics, seasons, flora and fauna resource behaviors, and social and political changes to a point where they have been able to adapt and survive efficiently in their own environments. Collectively, they have become their own specialized experts of their own geographical locations. ‘Aimalama’s goal is to provide tools on how to become mauliauhonua for families and communities in order to successfully and collectively adapt and survive the changing climate.

‘Aimalama is open to the public and includes keynote addresses, hands-on breakout sessions, and a selection of huaka‘i (guided day trips) to organizations and community programs on Maui that incorporate lunar calendar knowledge and traditional observation practices in their endeavors.

Event Sponsor
Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Malia Nobrega-Olivera, (808) 286-5461, info@aimalama.org, http://aimalama.org

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