About 55 participants from all 10 University of Hawaiʻi campuses worked on ways to synergize the work of UH with the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Worldwide Voyage at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Haleʻōlelo in February.
It was the second UH Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage gathering, following one which was held at College Hill in December.
This meeting had three objectives:
- Acknowledge the importance of the University of Hawaiʻi System’s understanding, appreciation and respect for ʻIke Hawaiʻii in teaching, research and service.
- Refine focus areas and develop action plans for the University of Hawaiʻi System ideas and projects that surfaced through brainstorming at the last gathering on December 4, 2015.
- Connect the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage to current University of Hawaiʻi System initiatives to strengthen ongoing work in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), sustainability and becoming a model indigenous serving institution.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Nainoa Thompson told the gathering he wanted to humbly impress upon them how important this meeting was, “to create the conversations to take care of Hawaiʻi for the Earth.”
“Hawaiʻi is the best place,” said Thompson. “It needs its navigators, and many are sitting in this room.”
For more on the meeting, read “Photo Essay: Meeting held at UH Hilo to discuss integration of Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage into UH curriculum” from UH Hilo Stories.
For more photos of the second UH Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage meeting, go to the University of Hawaiʻi’s Flickr album.
More from the December 2015 meeting
UH News story: “UH contributes to Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage”
—By Kelli Trifonovitch