Please join us Sunday evening (Sept 4) from 7:30-9pm in Room 312. Native Hawaiians present the story of Kanaloa Kaho‘olawe: “40 Years of Aloha ʻĀina,” including a presentation led by Craig Neff and Luana Busby-Neff of the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana along with CVSPA member and filmmaker Toby McLeod.
The presentation will share 40 years of experience in restoring the cultural and natural resources of the sacred island of Kanaloa Kaho‘olawe after 50 years of military bombing and training exercises. The challenges of reserving a sacred place from commercial development will also be shared. The presentation will highlight the role that the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana (PKO) played in the renaissance of Native Hawaiian culture and the revival of the core Hawaiian value and practice of aloha ʻāina – loving, respecting, protecting and honoring land and natural resources. The ʻohana and its leaders have also been important in the work to protect Hawaiian burial sites and artifacts, the volcano deity Pele from geothermal development, and the sacred mountain of Mauna Kea from desecration. This story will be told through chant and remembrance and we will show the 25-minute film segment on Kaho‘olawe from the Standing on Sacred Ground film series.
IUCN Website link: https://portals.iucn.org/congress/session/15490
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