A conversation with ULALIA WOODSIDE (former HWST/HAW student: BA in Hawaiian Studies; now board member of DLNR and works at Kamehameha) about Honoring family ties and the ways they affect our relationships to both people and the natural world. We work to understand the connection between our global context and “going deep” locally to build intimate connections to place. We also discuss how peopleʻs willingness to risk for and invest in community might be the deciding factor in how successful we are in addressing social conflicts. As a cultural practitioner, kumu hula, and experienced land use manager/planner who has worked with a wide variety of stakeholder groups and communities, Ulalia brings perspectives that can enhance how we connect to place and fully appreciate the knowledge/wisdom passed down through family and lifelong mentors. Ulalia is currently the regional asset manager for natural and cultural resources at Kamehameha Schools’ Land Assets Division.
Courtesy of And still the waters rise by Nai‘a Ulumaimalu Lewis