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Malia Nobrega-Olivera

Organization: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
City/Country: Hawaiʻi


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The ʻAimalama Lunar Conference planned by Native Hawaiian women brought together peoples of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific who are revitalizing lunar practices to share lunar methodologies with one another and build a regional community of practice. Practitioners, especially indigenous women are again learning how to efficiently use the traditional lunar calendar today to restore wisdom of agriculture productivity, marine and forest gathering, resource management, health and healing, and daily practices that provide sustenance for the health and well-being of a community. Traditional lunar practices is a proficient tool to note baselines for healthy environments followed by tracking changes that are occuring daily, seasonaly, annually, and episodically. The Kaulana Mahina is an ancient tool that indigenous ancestors used to track changes by observing and recording migrational patterns, nesting or spawning cycles, and weather changes. This ancient wisdom is pertinent for identifying previously observed natural indicators that have historically conveyed signs that environmental degradation or change would ensue. We believe that traditional lunar calendar practices are one of the processes in which changes are recorded and preparation to adaptive changes for survival can be considered. The photos feature a Keynote done by a revered Native Hawaiian elder, Aunty Pua Kanakaʻole Kanahele, salt practitioner Malia Nobrega-Olivera from the island of Kauaʻi sharing about the impacts of climate change on our cultural practices, and Kalei Nuʻuhiwa teaching others about the Native Hawaiian Kaulana Mahina lunar methodology. More info available at- http://aimalama.org