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The ʻalae ʻula is a critically endangered waterbird that thrives in loʻi kalo. (Photo credit: Melissa Price)

More experts are recognizing that creating solutions that integrate multiple ways of knowing is essential to a sustainable future in Hawaiʻi and around the world. The University of Hawaiʻi Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) will spotlight that collaborative pathway at A UH Innovation Virtual Conference November 15–17. The virtual conference is free and open to the first 1,000 participants. Register online.

In the second session, “ʻĀina Momona: Cultivating a Thriving Hawaiʻi,” on November 16, 8–10 a.m., a live panel will discuss innovative solutions, rooted in Indigenous knowledge, that can lead to thriving communities in the next century. The panel includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts in natural and social sciences whose work includes kuleana (responsibility, privilege) from mauka (inland) to makai (ocean).

“As we face complex 21st century challenges that are largely a result of exploitive practices of the last 200 years, resulting in climate change, over-use of resources and social disparities, Indigenous social-ecological solutions and ways of knowing are critical to addressing these challenges, recognizing that humans and nature will either decline together or thrive together,” said Melissa Price, panel moderator and an assistant professor in UH Mānoa’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management.

Other featured speakers joining the panel conversation include: Kapua Kawelo, natural resource manager, U.S. Army Garrison; Christopher Sabine, associate dean for research in the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology; Mehana Vaughan, an associate professor in Natural Resources and Environmental Management; Rosie Alegado, associate professor of oceanography and the Sea Grant College Program; and Sharon Ziegler-Chong, director of research and community partnerships at UH Hilo.

“These are panelists who inspire me with their enthusiasm, vision and tireless efforts to restore momona (abundance) across land and sea-scapes, and the communities who care for them,” said Price. “This is a great opportunity for a front row seat to hear the ways in which we can join them in building a hopeful future.”

Conference Sessions

  • Connecting Hawaiian Indigenous Culture with Modern Astronomy: Monday, November 15, 8–10 a.m.
  • ʻĀina Momona: Cultivating a Thriving Hawaiʻi: Tuesday, November 16, 8–10 a.m.
  • UH Innovation and Commercialization: Wednesday, November 17, 8–10 a.m.

For more information, go to the OVPRI website.