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Aloha ʻĀina Fridays

I kanaka no ʻoe ke mālama i ke kanaka.


Aloha ʻĀina Fridays

The Aloha ʻĀina Friday Series, a program that commenced in Fall 2019, invites both the on-campus and off-campus community to explore aloha ʻāina together. See below for a list of events and to sign up.


Aloha ‘Āina Fridays will be back in Spring 2024

E kipa mai!

Spring 2024 Dates and Times: 

Welina Mānoa Workshops at Hawaiʻi Hall Lawn (fronting Varney Circle) 

  • March 15th, 10:00 – 11:00 am 
  • May 3rd, 3:00 – 4:00 pm 

Indigenizing Self-Care Workshops (Online)

  • March 8th, 9:00 – 10:00 am 
  • April 5th, 10:00 – 11:00 am

Huli ka Lima i Lalo: Mālama ʻĀina at Various Locations Across Campus

  • March 1st from 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • April 26th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm

Past Programming

Fall 2023

NHPoL invites you to engage, activate, and explore our relationships with ʻāina, each other, and self through an hour-long workshop where we will earn the oli (chant), Welina Mānoa, composed by UH Mānoa’s very own Dr. R. Keawe Lopes Jr. from Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language in Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

Friendly reminder: This is a standing workshop. If you need or would like to sit, please bring something to sit on (i.e., a towel, mat, chair, etc.)

*Note: The content will be the SAME for each session.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with the Kūkulu Kumuhana Working Group and the Pilina Center of Wellbeing for Kūkulu Kumuhana Contemplative Sessions. Join us online for 45 minutes of gentle movement, breathing exercises, and meditation/visualization. The program was developed to share the Kūkulu Kumuhana framework for Native Hawaiian wellbeing and to support community members and organizations working toward collective liberation. You can join from your desk or on a mat/towel. For more information on the Kūkulu Kumuhana framework click here.

Session and Principle Focus: 

Each session will focus on a different principle of the Kūkulu Kumuhana framework as follows: 

  • Pilina: September 15th, 2023
  • ʻĀina Momona: September 29th, 2023 
  • Waiwai: October 13th, 2023 
  • Ke Akua Mana: November 3rd, 2023 
  • ʻŌiwi: November 17th, 2023 
  • Ea: December 1st, 2023 

Friendly Reminders:
Zoom links and instructions will be sent following registration. In addition to registration: please be sure to fill out the liability form here for this offering.

*Note: The content will be DIFFERENT for each session as indicated above.  

Organized in collaboration with UH Mānoa’s Campus Arboretum Building and Grounds Management and led by Nōweo Kai, this workshop is a hands-on interaction with ʻāina. We may be doing anything from caring for plants, planting new plants, relocating plants, cutting, cleaning the plants’ habitat, etc. Please come prepared with comfortable, outside work clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and/or muddy.

Friendly Reminders:
Please be sure you have water and proper sun or rain care as you see fit. The specific location at UH Mānoa will be sent via email after registration.


A‘o aku a‘o mai refers to the reciprocal practices of teaching and learning. In this programming university scholars and community practitioners respond to the following questions:

  • What does aloha ‘āina mean to you?
  • How do you incorporate aloha ‘āina into your work?

Past presentations:

Reflection from past participant: “I learned so much about the place I have been living in all my life. It gave me appreciation of my life here, tinged with some sadness about changes that don’t take consideration of the past.” 

Nā mo‘olelo o Mānoa can be translated as “the stories of Mānoa.” These campus tours re-center Native Hawaiian ways of knowing and being in relationship with land including but not limited to re-introducing self to place, learning and utilizing the Native Hawaiian names of places, and learning the many layered stories of places.

Reflection from past participant: “The tour took us to many spaces on campus I have never known during my studies here. Relearning spaces through Hawaiian stories and geographies is truly surprising.”

Mo‘olelo aku mo‘olelo mai refers to the process of sharing and listening to stories. These dialogue circles intentionally create safe space to engage in the dialogical process regarding lessons learned, “aha moments,” and further wonderings about aloha ‘āina.

Reflection from past participant: “I really enjoyed the openness of the conversation and I felt extremely comfortable asking questions. I also love that I got to listen to a lot of different perspectives about what aloha ʻāina meant to everyone.”

Huli ka lima i lalo refers to turning one’s hands down to the earth. We partner with Noweo Kai, UH Mānoa campus arboretum curator, to provide participants a first-hand experience in caring for mother earth by caring for campus plants and learning how to best tend to them. This is a process of not only connecting with our campus and the environment but also with each other while doing so. This dual interaction of relationship with people and environment is a core tenet of aloha ‘āina.

Reflections from past participant: “I enjoyed caring for ʻāina together, learning the names of Hawaiian plants, how to care for them and what the plants are used for. It was an opportunity to learn from other attendees who shared their knowledge and experiences.”

UH Campus Arboretum Logo

To learn more about our campus plants use the UHM Campus Plant Finder.

Aloha ‘Āina Friday series presentation selected as a presidential session!

We are proud to say that co-presenters Dr. Kaiwipuni Lipe and Pua Souza from the Native Hawaiian Place of Learning Advancement Office were accepted to present about the Aloha ‘Āina Friday series at the 2020 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) annual conference. After their proposal was accepted, they were contacted by the president of ASHE and notified that their presentation was selected as a presidential panel. Click on the video to the right to see the video part of the presentation. Mahalo!

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