Post-Conference Service Opportunities

Conference participants are invited to joint either (or both!) service activities outlined below. The cultural-environmental Malama I Na Ahupuaʻa (MINA) program is one of Hawaiʻi's oldest service-learning programs and is close to Honolulu.

*Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:30am to 1:00pm*
HĀLAWA VALLEY HEIAU - West of Honolulu
All ages are welcome – pre-registration deadline:  April 4th
MINA COORDINATORS: Dr. Ulla Hasager, Prof. Nelda Quensell
and student leaders Kanaloa Schrader and Alex Lum.

Planned in the 1950s, the H3 federal highway officially opened in 1997 under protests from Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians). Cutting across a large sacred area in the Halawa Valley to the south and destroying an ancient heiau (temple) in Luluku in the North, it became the most expensive road built (per mile) in the US.  Kanaka Maoli work to restore and preserve the sacred space beneath it.  Service-learning student groups from the cultural-environmental Malama I Na Ahupuaʻa program provide the main work force for this project - under the leadership of Kupuna, or wise elders. 

Please join us in the unique opportunity to help the group of Kanaka Maoli Kūpuna caretakers malama (take care of) the women's and men's sacred sites (heiau). The Department of Transportation administers the area, which has restricted access, and only allowes guests of the caretakers.
This activity includes:

  • Program introduction and protocol
  • Hike (with information about Hawaiian culture, religion, history and ethno-botany)
  • Work
  • Paʻina (feast/lunch)

Transportation will be arranged, departing the hotel at 8:30 am and returning at approximately 1:30 pm.  Participants are welcome to drive to the site on their own. Wear clothes that can get dirty and good shoes. Long pants and sleeves recommended. 
Fee: $25 – lunch is provided 
For more information and to register contact: Dr. Ulla Hasager

*Sunday, April 6, 2014, 8:30am to 12:30 pm*
KANIAKAPŪPŪ - Nuʻuanu Valley, King Kamehameha III Summer Palace
MINA COORDINATORS: Dr. Ulla Hasager and Dr. Lynette Cruz.

Conference participants are invited to join the Malama I Na Ahupuaʻa program and the Ahahui Malama Kaniakapupu organization, at their monthly first Sunday morning activity, where they work to help preserve the ruins and land around the summer palace.
This activity includes:

  • A tour/comprehensive history lesson by Kumu Hula (hula teacher)
  • Kahoʻola Ching, preservation work
  • The creation of pu ohe (bamboo instruments)

Wear clothes that can get dirty and good shoes. Long pants and sleeves recommended. Bring water and a snack. Transportation may be arranged (leaving 8:30 am and returning 1 pm) for a fee, if needed.
For more information and to register contact: Dr. Ulla Hasager