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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 new program that commenced Fall 2019, invites both the on-campus and off-campus community to explore aloha ʻāina together. This four-part interactive series includes:

  • Aʻo aku, Aʻo mai: Speaker Presentations
  • Nā Moʻolelo o Mānoa: Campus Tours
  • Moʻolelo aku, Moʻolelo mai: Dialogue Circles
  • Huli ka lima i lalo: Caring for our campus plants


Aloha ‘Āina Fridays Back for Fall 2021!

E kipa mai!

Events include:

*The Mālama ‘Āina events are in partnership with Nōweo Kai and the UH Mānoa Campus Arboretum.

UH Campus Arboretum Logo

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.

Past Presentations

Acknowledging our past. 

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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