“A New Story for Humanity” is a documentary film about the New Story Summit which took place at the FindHorn Foundation in Scotland in late September 2014. It was “a sold-out multicultural, multi-generational enquiry into a new story for humanity, attended by change makers and activists from over 50 countries.” The film premiered in 2016 and is currently being screened in countries around the world. Olohana Foundation’s Founding Director, Kalani Souza, was invited to participate in the summit and was among the key speakers featured in the film.
The Olohana Foundation and team are proud to announce
1002 Homegrown FoodForests (aka #10KFoodForests). Working with 100 communities in Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, U.S.-affiliated islands, and internationally, in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of Victory Gardens, we will plant 10,000 food forests and conduct a national indigenous phenology study. It is a proposal to the MacArthur Foundation for their 2016 100&Change challenge. Learn more>
Teaching Indigeneity and Sustainability
with University of Wisconsin-Madison
Members of the Olohana Foundation and Intertribal Council on Utility Policy were guest lecturers in late January 2017 at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at University of Wisconsin Madison. The Olohana team broadcast from Hawaii using a multiple-camera setup with Bob Gough on webcam from North Dakota for an interactive presentation and Q&A with students in the Seminar Environmental Studies 402, INDIGENEITY AND SUSTAINABILITY: Cross Pollination of Transnational Indigenous Knowledge Systems led by Professor Alberto Vargas and Project Assistant, Reynaldo Morales.
Public Community Event, Honoka’a, HI
Hamakua Uprising… an evening of music with M. Kalani Souza and friends was held at Hi’ilani EcoHouse in Honoka’a on Sunday, January 8, 2017. He was joined by musicians Dagan Bernstein, Thomas Kearns, Adam Crowe, Jeff Quin, Chris Shaeffer, Larry Miller, Brad Bordessa and others.
Watch and listen to Kalani sing “Waiting,” a song he wrote for his mother, Lorraine, 17 years ago and which he sang at this event. Kalani is accompanied by Maraya Ben-Joseph on fiddle, Sarah Purgus on ukulele, Chris Shaeffer and Alex Meffert on guitars.
The Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group at Haskell Indian Nations University held their 2016 conference on September 22-23, 2016. The conference, which marked IPCCWG’s 10-year anniversary, was titled “Climate CHANGED: Reflections on our PAST, PRESENT and Future Situations.” Kalani Souza presented on the topic of “Climate Changed: Envisioning the Future.” Conference agenda>
Pacific Business Center
Program, University of Hawaii’s
2016 Hawaii Pacific Global Breadfruit Summit
August 27-31, 2016
Polynesian Cultural Center Imax Theater Auditorium, Laie, Oahu
The Summit brings together national and international experts on breadfruit from ground to table, including the most current research developments regarding the health aspects of the fruit in curtailing diabetes and obesity rampant in the territories.
Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network’s
2016 Protect Our Public Lands Tour:
For A Just & Renewable Energy Future
The 2016 Protect Our Public Lands Tour (POPLA) took place from July 18-31, 2016. More than twenty indigenous activists toured locations in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Illinois, and at City Hall in Philadelphia, Penn. Tour participants gave testimony at the Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution on July 23. John Foran, who was there, writes about the experience in “The Power of Indigenous Activists at the Summit of the Climate Justice Movement.”
The video below shows images from LiKEN’s story-catching during the POPLA tour by Paper Rocket Productions and the POPLA caravaners. Julie Maldonado, LiKEN Research Director, describes the power of equal collaboration between Indigenous science and scholarly science.
The video was produced as part of a panel on collaboration with affected communities was moderated by Natasha Udu-Gama of the American Geophysical Union and features Julie Maldonado, Juan Declet-Barreto of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, and Vivek Maru of Namati. It took place in Washington D.C. during the 25-26 July meeting of the Science and Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).
Learn more about the tour at the LiKEN Facebook page.
Rising Voices “Storytelling for Solutions”
Kristin M. Wegner blogs from Rising Voices “Storytelling for Solutions,” a three-day summit in Hawaii, July 6-8, 2016: