Mauō: the perpetuation of well-being

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  | Transportation drop-off at UHWO for Palehua shuttle

Self-transport to UHWO from HNL International Airport (~20-30 minutes by car).

Transportation DROP-OFF sites

  1. University of Hawaii – West Oahu for Pālehua Forest Reserve shuttle
  2. Kahumana Organic Farm car-pool(s)

3:00-6:00pm  | Registration @ Pālehua Forest Reserve and/or 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

7:00am  | Breakfast is on your own if not @ Palehua / Kahumana / Ma’o


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.

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

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

  • Eric and Kamuela Enos with Nā Maka O Ka ʻĀina video

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

  • Albie Miles + SAEA + UHWO SCFS students sharing

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

  • Kaui Sana with Kukui Maunakea-Forth – MA’O Farm

11:30am  | 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.

12:30pm – 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!

1:15pm  | Poster Session SET-UP (C-225) 

  • This time is for set-up only.


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

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

4:50-5:50pm  | 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

5:30-6:30 pm  | Mix and Mingle at Nāulu Center and Garden (heavy pupus only)

5:30-6:30 pm  | Posters and Informal Poster discussions are in C-225

6:30 pm  | Leave to mix/mingle and eat dinner with others


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

7:00am  | Head over to UHWO for buses, vans, carpool

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

(Lunch included)

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

Papae o Heʻeia

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

SCFS workshop at UHWO malaʻai (edible garden)

  • Garden activity @ Hale Kuahuokalā
  • UHWO campus


12:00pm Return to UHWO! Justice Tour while driving to/from sites

  • Q&A Session

1:00pm Estimated return time of arrival @UHWO 

  • Everyone arrives from their Huakaʻi Sites
  • Pupus + water served

1:00pm Poster Sessions + Informal Poster Discussions in C-225 

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)

5:50pm  | Pule Pani (ending the day with unified intention)

6:00pm  | Head to Pālehua

7:00pm | Dinner at Pālehua Forest Reserve


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

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

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

9:30am – 10:00am | Morning Keynote

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

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)

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

  • INFAS Meeting
  • 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