Nalani Minton, Asst Professor at the UHSONDH at Manoa, is the first Native Hawaiian ever tenured at that school. As Director of ‘IKE AO PONO and the NH Health Initiative, she has supported the graduation of 400 Native nurses and has helped to develop NH social justice initiatives as a member of Kuali’i Council/Puko’a Council. Nalani helped her uncle, Dr Kekuni Blaisdell organize Ka Ho’okolokolonui Kanaka Maoli, the International Peoples’ Tribunal (1992-93) and was chosen by him as the Tribunal representative in Geneva for the UN Decade for Indigenous Peoples, (1992-2002), participating in drafting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Nalani also was a crew member on Hokule’a (1980-92), helped to create a curriculum on self-determination and produced and edited 3 films on ahupua’a sustainability. Her degree in clinical psychology (MA 1979) has provided an educational background for her work in education, cultural health and practices, social justice, peace and sustainability.
Interests: water, food, energy, indigenous wisdom, social justice, Health/healing
UN SDG’s: SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 2 No Hunger, SDG 3 Good Health, SDG 8 Good Jobs & Economic Growth, SDG 10 Reduced Inequalities, SDG 11 Sustaianble Cities & Communities, SDG 15 Life on Land, SDG 16 Peace & Justice, SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals