E Alu Pū Global Gathering

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The E Alu Pū global gathering was held from August 28-31 at the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center in Punalu’u, O’ahu. Over 120 individuals from 30 countries attended the event in addition to kama ‘āina throughout Hawai’i. The event provided a platform for cultural exchange on an unprecedented level, immersing participants in Hawaiian cultural practices and ceremonies. Activities included kūkulu hale, the practice of house building, loko i’a (fish pond) restoration and crafting ‘apu awa (vessels for drinking awa). The Nature Conservancy marine fellows and staff helped to lead a discussion on bio-cultural indicators of ecosystem health and became aware of many shared issues indigenous peoples face globally. Mahalo to Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo for organizing this amazing event and connecting so many people of shared vision to holo mua (move forward) in a positive direction.

 

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