Pilina, Indigenous Literacy, and ʻĀina Momona: Healthy and Thriving Communities of People and Place

February 16, 2023

Pelika Andrade, founder and Executive Director of Na Maka Onaona, a Hawaiʻi based non-profit, Extension Agent for the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program

This presentation will introduce participants to a philosophy and pathway of ʻĀina Momona: thriving and productive communities. On behalf of Nā Maka Onaona and many partnerships, Pelika will introduce two tools that address how relationships and the growing awareness of indigenous literacy can support our engagements and understandings of ourselves, our communities, and the world around us. This is a collective journey to help guide, inform, and advise the decisions and contributions we collectively make to support the ability of our people, places, and akua (natural world) to thrive.

This presentation is part of the Third Thursday by The Bay webinar series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, which is the visitor center for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. This lecture series is also supported by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

In celebration of Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, we invite you all to learn how ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi is one of many elements embedded in ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) knowledge systems, values, and practices to support ʻŌiwi communities in creating adaptive biocultural resource management across Hawai'i PaeʻĀina (Hawaiian Archipelago) including Papahānaumokuākea.