Arrivals: Thursday, July 26


The process of readying oneself for the work ahead both within technical considerations & attitudinal preparedness.

Acclimating self to new space & community through organized, guided relationship in aloha.   

3:00-5:30pm  | Self transport to UHWO for registration and Pālehua & Kahumana shuttles

Self-transport to UHWO from HNL International Airport (~20-30 minutes by taxi / rideshare). Shuttles provided to Pālehua & Kahumana from UHWO.

3:00-6:00pm  | Registration @ UHWO 

7:00pm Dinner

Provided to those housed at Pālehua Forest Reserve / Kahumana Organic Farm / MA’O Organic Farms for Māʻilikūkahi (Youth Congress).

8:30pm  | Evening Briefing at Pālehua Forest Reserve / Kahumana

9:00pm   | Pau: moemoe-ā (sweet dreams)

Friday, July 27


Context setting: Making firm the preliminary contexts/frameworks.

Deconstructing the three guiding cultural themes of the conference.

Opening with several key Indigenous cultural frameworks to deepen participant understanding of innovative attempts at melding ancestral and contemporary/Western traditions in Hawaii.  Deployed by Maoli (Polynesian) people, these social frameworks maintained close-looped agrarian systems for hundreds of years, providing complete self-sufficiency on densely populated, finite bio-systems. It is the stated aim of the conference organizers to highlight the “Meeting of Wisdoms” happening in Hawaii, indigenous practitioners as co-designers with their academy peers.

5:30am  | E ala e

  • Hawaiian Sunrise Welcoming Oli @ makai/seaward of Pālehua campground for Palehua campers only. Chant will be given out the night before @ Pālehua meeting only.
  • Each location can kūkulukumuhana, or join in spirit, to affirm the purpose of this event through a shared intentionality that honors our collective.

6:30am  | Breakfast provided for those staying @ Palehua / Kahumana / Ma’o


7:00 – 8:00am   | Registration @UHWO (Room C-208)

8:30am   | Welcome/Opening: Maʻilikūkahi

The Hawaiian Cultural Protocol for the 2018 SAEA conference opening will be provided by participants in the Hoʻola ʻAina ʻO Maʻilikūkahi Youth Food Sovereignty Conference. This concurrent conference is a 4-day youth leadership development-focused gathering, and is comprised of 60 high school and college age youth and 20 of their mentors, representing a national network of organizations focused on cultural resilience, sustainable agriculture, environmental sustainability, community leadership, and economic justice. Participants in the Youth Food Sovereignty Food Conference will be provided key leadership roles during each of the three days, and represent conference planners intention to foster the next generation of leadership.

  • *Note: This is a cultural opening and everyone is kindly asked to be prompt.

9:00am  | Opening Remarks

David Lassner is the 15th president of the University of Hawaiʻi System and is currently serving as interim chancellor of UH Mānoa. He has worked at the university since 1977, holding the position of vice president for information technology and chief information officer for many years. In 2015, Lassner formalized the Executive Policy 4.202, which articulates the institutional commitment to integrate sustainability across operations, curriculum, research & scholarship, engagement & partnership, and cultural connections. President Lassner has been a staunch supporter of sustainability initiatives and of the University’s commitment to become a model indigenous-serving institution.

9:15-11:00am  | Opening Panel Discussion: Setting the Context


Kamuela Enos is the director of social enterprise for MAO Organic Farms. He was born and raised in Waianae on the island of Oahu. He received an associate’s degree from Leeward Community College, a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian studies and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Kamu sits on the boards of numerous community-based nonprofits including the Hawaii Rural Development Council and Kaala Farms Inc., and was recently a commissioner on President Obama’s White House Initiative on Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Theme I: Kumupaʻa |The foundation; speaking from knowing; amplifying a vision

Eric Enos is the co-founder and Executive Director of Ka‘ala Farm, Inc., a Wai‘anae based community organization that has operated the Cultural Learning Center at Ka‘ala for nearly three decades. As a lifelong resident of Wai‘anae, Eric is deeply involved in the perpetuation of our cultural and ancestral traditions, as well as the management, care and restoration of our land and sea. Eric has helped foster many community partnerships to address long- term issues of land use, traditional practices, community health, and education. Eric graduated from Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai‘i with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts and a 5th year teaching certificate.


Theme II: Makawalu | Eight eyes; to see life as interconnection; to collaborate creatively 

Albie Miles is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems at the University of Hawai’i, West O’ahu. Dr. Miles received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from UC Berkeley in 2013. His research explores the relationship between farming system biodiversity and ecosystem services from agriculture and the structural obstacles to sustainable food and farming systems. He has worked at the UN FAO and the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems at UCSC.



Theme III: Kanaka Mākua | Mature person; one who serves others; pono/awareness

Cheryse Julietta Kauionalani Sana (Kaui), was born and raised in Waianae, Hawai‘i. Kaui received her BA in Hawaiian Studies from Hawaiinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Kaui is currently the Farm Manager of MAO Organic Farms, a not-for-profit social enterprise venture whose mission is “to grow certified organic veggies and youth leaders”.



Kukui Maunakea-Forth was born and raised on Hawaiian Homestead Lands in Nānākuli, Kukui was raised at the knee of her grandmother, a well-known and loved kupuna, Katherine Maunakea. Kukui is a graduate of Nānākuli High School and the University of Hawaiʻi West Oahu with a B.A. in Hawaiian-Pacific Studies, and is a co-founder of MAʻO Organic Farms,a not-for-profit social enterprise venture whose mission is “to grow certified organic veggies and youth leaders”.



11:45am  | Opening Plenary & Keynote

William Aila Jr., Director of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) is the former chair of the Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) and head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) where he planned and directed the various activities of the department encompassing public lands of the State; water resources and minerals; forest, fish and game resources of the State; and management of the forest reserve, state parks, small boat harbors, and historic sites. Aila was integral to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) holding its 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) in Hawaii.


12:15pm – 1:30pm | Lunch

Time to relax, eat, hydrate, and make new friends! Feel free to walk and find the UHWO Student Organic Garden. There is shade and the kaiaulu breeze in our hale/Hawaiian house – Kuahuokalā. Come and sit on lauhala mats to eat lunch!


1:30-2:30pm  | Theme I -Decolonizing the Food System: Feeding ourselves 

2:40-3:40pm  | Theme II – Indigenous Knowledge Power and Pedagogy

3:50-4:50pm  | Theme III – Living Traditions, Living Economies: Towards Self- Determination, Resilience and Equity in our Food Systems

5:00pm  | Mihi to the day

Collective reflections of gratitude and insight.

5:30pm  | Pani/Closure and plan for tomorrow

Shuttles will take you back to Pālehua and Kahumana.

Saturday, July 28

(‘Ike `Āina). 

To witness the systems of food production.

Immersive experiential learning in wahi hana “places of practice” lead by the kahu (caretakers) of each of these sites.  Ancestral knowledge applied in contemporary spaces of education/practice to solve complex future scenarios.  Four different options of educational experience sites sitting at the intersection of ancestral practice, contemporary food production and innovation in education.

6:00am  | Breakfast provided for those staying @ Palehua / Kahumana / Ma’o

6:45am  | Head over to UHWO for buses, vans, carpool

7:30am – 12:30pm  | Huaka’i – Light Work Day + Conversation (bring change of clothes)

(Lunch included on-site)

Kaʻala Learning Center

  • Ancestral place of practice/science and historical site of Renaissance
  • Waiʻanae

MAʻO Organic Farms & the UHWO Sustainable Community Food Systems 

  • Contemporary variant of ancestral practice /university-community collaboration
  • Waiʻanae

Hoʻola Hou ia Kalauao

  • Restoring traditional practices in urban spaces
  • Kalauao

Paepae o Heʻeia

Circa 2011 – Copyright: Kalei Nuuhiwa
  • Ocean as a place for food, protein, science, cultural rejuvenation
  • Kaneʻohe Fish Pond

Hands-on workshop at UHWO Student Organic Garden / Malaʻai (edible garden)

  • Garden activity @ Hale Kuahuokalā
  • UHWO campus

12:00pm Return to UHWO

1:00pm Estimated return time of arrival @UHWO 

  • Everyone arrives from their Huakaʻi Sites
  • Refreshments available

1:15pm – 1:50pm Keynote (UHWO)

Neil Hannahs, Director, Hoʻokele Strategies LLC. Hoʻokele Strategies is a consulting enterprise serving as an intermediary in developing and connecting inspiring social entrepreneurs with exceptional mentors and aligned impact investment capital.

Former Director of the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools and was responsible for a portfolio of 358,000 acres of agriculture and conservation lands in Hawai‘i and also founded the First Nations Futures Program at Stanford University and Hawaiʻi Investment Ready Program. The work of this division earned the Innovation Award of the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance, as well as the Kamaʻāina of the Year Award from the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation. Mr. Hannahs is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received BA and MA degrees from Stanford University.


2:00-3:00pm  | Theme I – Decolonizing the Food System: Feeding ourselves

3:10-4:10pm  | Theme II – Indigenous Knowledge Power and Pedagogy

4:20-5:20pm  |Theme III – Living Traditions, Living Economies: Towards Self- Determination, Resilience and Equity in our Food Systems

5:30pm  | Mihi to the day and each other (collective reflections)

6:00pm  | Head to Pālehua (all conference participants)

7:00pm | Pau Hana at Pālehua Forest Reserve

9:00pm  | Pule Pani (ending the day with unified intention)

Sunday, July 29


To witness and reflect for a specific purpose. To have insight via reflection; awareness through mutual causality.

Witnessing is an evaluation process that brings meaning and understanding to individual and collective experiences. The youth of  Hōʻola ʻo Maʻilikūkahi will bring forth their work and insight of interdependence while elders will be asked to summarize highlights, lessons, and insights of this three-day event.  Linking and synthesizing these two waves of cultural activation will be ideas from collaborators who bring light and vitality to the moʻo (continuity) practice of mutual emergence.  This final day will exhibit a key idea of this event:  ʻAuamo kuleana, or collective transformation through individual excellence – aka: unity through diversity.

7:00am | Breakfast provided for those staying @ Palehua / Kahumana / Ma’o

9:00am Morning Plenary (UHWO) | Hōʻola ʻo Maʻilikūkahi – Youth Summit

  • Declaration of Interdependence from Youth Congress
  • Reflections, Vision, Call to Direct Action

9:30am  | Morning Keynote

Tulsi Gabbard serves Hawaii’s 2nd District as Congresswoman in the United States House of Representatives. An advocate for environmental policy, Tulsi was elected to the Hawai‘i State Legislature in 2002 when she was just 21 years old, becoming the youngest person ever elected in the state. She has served two tours of duty in the Middle East, continues her service as a Major in the Army National Guard, is one of the first two female combat veterans to ever serve in the U.S. Congress, and is also its first Hindu member. Congresswoman Gabbard’s platform includes working towards “a sustainable economy that works for all families, with access to affordable health care, good jobs, and a quality education.”

9:50am | Reflections

Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham has served as Chancellor of the University of Hawaiʻi – West Oʻahu since 2017. A kānaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) scholar and teacher, Benham previously served as the inaugural dean of the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Mānoa (2008-2016). A Kamehameha Schools graduate, Benham began her teaching career in 1978 teaching grades K–12 in California, Texas and Hawaiʻi. She earned her doctoral degree from UH Mānoa in 1992 and joined the College of Education at Michigan State University in 1993.

Among her notable accomplishments, Benham was the lead author of the White House Paper on the Tribal Colleges and Universities: A Trust Responsibility (2004) submitted to the U.S. President’s Advisory Board on Tribal Colleges and Universities. She is author, co-author, editor of 5 books and numerous published articles, book chapters and technical reports. Chancellor Benham has worked extensively with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on youth, education, and community collective leadership initiatives, which included their national initiatives: Native American Higher Education Initiative, Kellogg Leadership for Collective Change, and Collective Leadership for Engaged Communities.

10:15am Commitment – Futuring Process | Albie Miles and SAEA

11:15am Mihi Hoʻupuʻupu (gratitude, self-reflections, and our collective future)

Summaries + statements from ritualized orators pre-selected during first day ceremony

Manulani Aluli Meyer is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer. Her family hails from Mokapu, Kailua, Wailuku, Hilo and Kohala on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Moku O Keawe. The Aluli ohana is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists who have spent their lives in Hawaiian education, justice, land reclamation, health, cultural revitalization, arts education, prison reform, transformational economics, food sovereignty, Hawaiian philosophy and most of all, music. Manu works in the field of indigenous epistemology and its role in world-wide awakening. Professor Aluli-Meyer obtained her doctorate from Harvard (Ed.D. 1998) by studying Hawaiian epistemology via language, history, and the clear insights of modern Hawaiian mentors. She is a world-wide keynote speaker and has published on the topic of native intelligence and its synergistic linkages to quantum sciences, transformational education, and to liberating research practices.

Gregory Cajete, Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of indigenous knowledge in education. Dr. Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has served as a New Mexico Humanities scholar in ethno botany of Northern New Mexico and as a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission. In addition, he has lectured at colleges and universities in the U.S. , Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, England, Italy, Japan and Russia.

Currently, he is Director of Native American Studies and an Associate Professor in the Division of Language, Literacy and Socio cultural Studies in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Cajete earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from New Mexico Highlands University with majors in both Biology and Sociology and a minor in Secondary Education. He received his Masters of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in Adult and Secondary Education. He received his Ph.D. from International College – Los Angeles New Philosophy Program in Social Science Education with an emphasis in Native American Studies.

12:15pm Pule Hoʻopau (closing ritual)

12:30pm Lunch | ʻAi Pono @UHWO

1:30pm Aloha a hui hou…

  • Everyone departs UHWO for various destinations!


Optional Post-Conference Activities 

(Sunday July 29)

11:00am – 6:00pm | La Hoihoi Ea, 175th Annual Sovereignty Restoration Day

  • Celebration is a free, public event
  • @ Thomas Square
    Includes music, food, education, speeches, hula
    925 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96814

2:00pm – 5:00pm | Informal workshops and groups project time at UHWO

  • SAEA Steering Committee Meeting
  • Other small group meetings or discussions

2:00pm – 5:00pm | Swimming and relaxing Waimanalo beach

5:00pm – 6:30pm | Tour and discussion of Go Farm Hawaii farmer training program in Waimanalo

6:30pm – 9:00pm | Pau hana and BBQ at TBD location