‘Aha Ho‘olokahi Native Hawaiian Health and Wellbeing Summit

Jun 1, 2023 - Jun 2, 2023

University of Hawaiʻi, West Oʻahu

Mahalo to all who joined us at the recently concluded ‘Aha Ho‘olokahi Native Hawaiian Health and Wellbeing Summit, where ICP explored the intersection of climate, health, and community resilience. With a focus on centering ‘āina (land) and ola (life), we delved into the pressing challenges faced by our communities and sought imaginative solutions for forging climate-resilient futures in Moananuiākea. We kicked off the Summit with a thought-provoking hybrid session that deepened our collective understanding of the climate and health nexus. Attendees, including health practitioners, healthcare professionals, and public health scientists from the Hawai‘i pae ‘āina (group of islands), gained insight into developing comprehensive, integrated, and imaginative futures at the local level.

Our day continued with a captivating hybrid Fireside Chat featuring ICP President & Senior Advisor Kealoha Fox and Alapaki Nahale-a (CEO of ‘Iole Global Resiliency Hub), facilitated by ICP Analysts Danyelle Kawamura and Healani Goo. The discussion centered around channeling mana (spiritual power) and mauli ola (life essence) to address the systemic needs of kānaka (people), the ʻāina, and our wellbeing. Attendees had a unique opportunity to learn from esteemed experts and engage in meaningful discussion that explored the interconnectedness of our overall wellbeing.

On the second day, ICP led a hybrid imaginarium session through which participants explored policies, practices, and programs through the lenses of climate, health, and wellbeing. ICP’s events were interactive in nature and allowed for meaningful engagement and a sense of community and shared purpose.

As we reflect on the ‘Aha Ho‘olokahi Native Hawaiian Health and Wellbeing Summit, we are filled with gratitude for the shared knowledge, inspiration, and connections that were forged. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all attendees for their active participation and valuable contributions. We would also like to acknowledge the organization and dedicated efforts of the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu, Papa Ola Lokahi, ‘Iole Global Resilience Hub, and A‘ali‘i Alliance.