NHEA Convention 2021 Workshops

Workshop Schedule:

Workshop I: 11:15 – 12:15

Workshop II: 12:30 – 1:30

*Some hana noʻeau workshops have seat limits and a registration deadline of June 18 to ensure supplies are received ahead of the convention.*



Advancing the science and practice of conserving hihiwai: Using ecology and traditional ecological knowledge to identify and overcome threats to endemic Hawaiian gastropod

Presenter(s): Kiloaulani Ka’awa-Gonzales, Graduate Research Student, Colorado State University

Session(s): Workshop I


Kiloaulani Ka’awa-Gonzales, a native Hawaiian student at Colorado State University will be presenting his graduate research work on hihiwai (an endemic Hawaiian freshwater snail) on Molokai and Maui and with the local Hawaiian communities that utilize this resource. Research will include:

  1. ecological findings from field visits in Molokai and Maui Streams,
  2. social science findings from interviews with local Molokai community members about their perceptions of hihiwai population changes, and
  3. exploring ways to utilize western scientific data and traditional ecological knowledge in tandem to develop effective conservation management decisions for hihiwai and other native Hawaiian stream and marine species.

This research focuses on applying a native Hawaiian cultural lens to conducting 21st-century ecological research and conservation management.



Presenter(s): Welaahilani Wāhilani, Hoʻopūliko Kumu Hou Candidate Support, UH West Oʻahu; Jarlyza Mareko, Instructional and Student Support for Hoʻopūliko Kumu Hou, UH West Oʻahu; Katrina Abes, GEAR UP First Year Student Support Specialist, UH System.

Session(s): Workshop I


Can kānaka thrive in an institution, where their indigenous values, beliefs, and ways of knowing and being are not acknowledged or respected? Presenters will share how this program, Build-a-Teacher Workshop, has engaged high school and college students in their interest of becoming a teacher through a virtual conference format. Sessions from the program include cultural values and beliefs such as place-based learning and integrating ʻōlelo noʻeau into their daily life. Teaching these concepts to future teachers has given the students the opportunity to change their personal approach to education and through a strengths-based lens, this session will discuss the benefits of programming conferences such as a Build a Teacher workshop using a cultural wealth perspective. Participants will leave with ideas on how to implement cultural practices in their own programs.



Presenter(s): Kamilo Lara, Olohe Lua, Pa Kuʻi a Lua

Session(s): Workshop I & II

Limit: 20/Workshop


Learn traditional braiding techniques using cordage (3, 5, 7 then 4. If time allows 8). Great activity for age groups 8 years and older. Nelson Kamilo Lara has practiced Nā Mea Hawaiʻi all his life. He is the lead Haʻa chanter for the Pa and an experienced lei maker.

E K.I.L.O a Holomua

Presenter(s): S. Uʻilani Lima, Site Coordinator, Molokai Digital Bus

Session(s): Workshop II


Come join us and experience how Molokai Digital Bus adapted itʻs K.I.L.O Program to better support our kumu & haumana during the pandemic. Engage in hands-on virtual activities using technological formats & programs that help make distance learning more interactive, exciting, and resilient to unknown changes in implementing your curriculum. Be prepared to participate as we KILO a Holomua!


I hole ʻia no ka iʻe ke kau o ka lā: The time to cut designs in a tapa beater is when the sun is high.

Presenter(s): Lei Ishikawa, Internship Coordinator, Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, UH Maui College

Session(s): Workshop I

Limit: 30 Seats


In this kapa workshop, participants will be introduced to a brief history of the significance of kapa in Hawaiian culture and the role that kapa plays in contemporary times. Participants will learn the basic process of kapa making, design, and resources. Each participant will receive a packet of supplies for a hands-on activity.


Kā ʻAʻaha: Knowledge bound by cordage

Presenter(s): ʻŌhai Daniels, Practitioner, UH Maui College

Session(s): Workshop I & II


Like the ancient cordage that was used by our kūpuna, ʻaha is a tangible connection to our kuʻauhau (lineage), while also enriching and informing us as Kānaka. For practitioners, the perpetuation and cultivation of cordage-making expands our relationships with the tangible elements of ʻike kūpuna while also honoring this knowledge and nurturing traditional beliefs.

Beyond the fibers, ʻaha represents a collective repository of tangible and intangible cultural knowledge that was indispensable for our kūpuna and continues to be significant to Kānaka today. This workshop is intended to introduce participants to the vast amounts of intangible cultural knowledge by examining the traditional relationship between ʻaha (cordage) and mana (power). Evoked through ancient genealogies, moʻolelo (storied histories), and other cultural narratives, participants will be able to better understand how the collective consciousness of our kūpuna is preserved in their cherished objects and practices.


Kāhili Paʻa Lima (Hand-held Kāhili) Workshop

Presenter(s): Tercia Ku, Research & Data Coordinator, Papa Ola Lōkahi

Session(s): Workshop I-II*

Limit: 15 Seats


Traditionally, kāhili were symbols of aliʻi. This workshop will be an introduction to the art form of Hawaiian feather work. Learn to make a kāhili paʻa lima (hand-held kāhili), made in the traditional style but with goose or rooster feathers. No prior featherwork experience is necessary. Papa Ola Lōkahi and UH Maui College will provide the supplies. Supplies will be provided prior to the workshop with introductory preparation video instructions. Workshop limited to 15 participants.

Participants are asked to provide the following:

  1. Hand-towel
  2. Small pair of scissors
  3. Ruler
  4. Pen/Pencil
  5. Styrofoam tray or empty soda box to hold picks

*This is a two-hour workshop. When registering, choose Parts I (Workshop Session I) & II (Workshop Session II)


Lāhui Kanaka: A Pathway to Mauli Ola

Presenter(s): Hokulani Holt, Director, Ka Hikina O Ka Lā, UH Maui College

Session(s): Workshop I


Lāhui Kanaka began with a hui of Kumu Hula from across the pae ʻāina who gathered their intentions as a proactive response to the COVID epidemic. It has grown and developed into a way of bringing our collective efforts toward health and wellbeing for ourselves, our families, and our communities. This workshop will share the initial kapu and how it has adapted and become a way for us to incorporate cultural outlooks and behaviors into our overall wellness goals.


Lauhala Bracelet

Presenter(s): Gwen, Greg, & Joe

Session(s): Workshop I & II

Limit: 20 Seats


Come make a lauhala bracelet and learn a song about lauhala!


Setting the Record Straight on Hawaiian Indigeneity

Presenter(s): Keanu Sai, Affiliate Graduate Faculty, UHM College of Education – Hawaiian Education and Leadership Initiative

Session(s): Workshop I & II


In international arbitral proceedings before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, Netherlands, in Larsen v. Hawaiian Kingdom (1999-2001), the United States and 121 countries explicitly recognized the continued existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign and independent State under a prolonged occupation by the United States since January 17, 1893.

However, in light of the Larsen case, the University of Hawai‘i, as a higher learning institution within the Hawaiian State itself, has not provided critical scholarship that would engage and/or develop this dialogue taking place on the international plane. Instead, it has promoted the false narrative that Hawai‘i had undergone colonization, and that the aboriginal Hawaiian population is an indigenous people not unlike Native American tribes that reside within the State of the United States.

This presentation will provide clarity to Hawai‘i’s legal and political history and the profound impact that it has on education at every level. It will also address the importance of terminology because words have meanings and meanings have consequences.


Understanding the Decline of Hawaiian Language Medium Schools During the Hawaiian Kingdom

Presenter(s): Larson Ng, Educational Specialist Hawaiian Education and Leadership Initiative, College of Education, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Session(s): Workshop I & II


The following presentation will provide a more accurate perspective regarding the decline, of the Hawaiian language medium schools, during the Hawaiian Kingdom. It has often been inferred, by Indigenous researchers, that there was a conspiracy, to replace Hawaiian with the English language, by settler colonialism, despite historical records that suggest otherwise. Utilizing econometric techniques, with available historical Kingdom data, this presentation will highlight those factors that contributed to the attendance decline, of Hawaiian language medium schools, as well as reveal aboriginal Hawaiian education preferences, during that period. It is hoped that the findings, of this research, will provide valuable insight, as we continue to reengineer Hawaiian education, to meet the needs, of the 21st century.