By Wendy Osher
The Liko A’e Native Hawaiian Leadership Program celebrates its 10 years of service by providing a day of cultural activities, and scholar panels, on Friday, Nov.8 at the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College.
The event features kappa, haku lei, lomilomi, and kalo pounding demonstrations; as well as panel discussions featuring philosophers, professors, and Hawaiian language instructors.
The first panel titled “I pono nā mamo a Hāloa: So that the nation of Hāloa prospers,” includes discussion on community advocacy, and offers solutions on how advocacy can benefit people, land and the future.
Featured panelists include community leaders: Kanohowailuku Helm of I Aloha Molokaʻi; Sherrie Daniels from Hawaiian Immersion Education’s Nā Leo Kākoʻo; and Camille Kalama from the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation.
A second panel entitled, “E ola ma o ka naʻauao o nā kūpuna: To thrive by way of our ancestral intelligence,” includes academic discussion on the cultural intelligence of elders, and lessons of the past that can provide solutions for the future.
Featured panelists include: Kahele Dukelow, associate professor in Hawaiian Studies at UHMC; Andre Perez, Hawaiian philosopher; and Dr. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker, assistant professor at the Center for Hawaiian Language.
More than 2,500 scholars have been awarded higher education scholarships nationwide through the Liko Aʻe program since its inception.
The 10th Anniversary Celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, on at the Piko, or Great Lawn of the UH Maui College campus.
Those interested in Hawaiian studies, culture, arts, or community engagement are invited to attend, as well as members of the general public.