1Kaʻūpūlehu Marine Life Advisory Committee, Kukuiohiwai, HI. 2Kamehameha Schools, Keauhou, HI. 3Moana 'Ohana, Kona, HI. 4University of Hawaii at Hilo TCBES, Hilo, HI. 5Four Seasons Hualalai Resort, Kaʻūpūlehu, HI. 6Hawaii Forest Industry Association, Kaʻūpūlehu, HI. 7Kaʻūpūlehu Forest, Kaʻūpūlehu, HI. 8Kaʻūpūlehu Fishery, Kaʻūpūlehu, HI. 9The Nature Conservancy, Waimea, HI. 10Na Maka o Papahānaumokuākea, Hilo, HI. 11Hui Aloha Kīholo, Waimea, HI
II. Building the Future
How will our work live on when we are gone? The lava lands of Kekaha wai ‘ole are home to networks of trails that connect people to place and to one another. In places these trails are ancient and well-worn footpaths. In others, where more recent lava flows have covered the trails of the past, smooth stones mark the path above the ancient way across sharp, unsettled ʻaʻā. Of each generation it is asked that we make the path secure as we train the next generation to do the same so that all may reach their destination, today, tomorrow, and in the time to come. At Kaʻūpūlehu and Kīholo, lessons learned from generations of living in arid and changing lands inform the actions of today. Through programs, projects, and initiatives, the wisdom of the past is transferred to the next generation emerging to care for lands and waters and the people of Kekaha wai 'ole. Join us as experienced practitioners and kūpuna introduce the next generation of leaders and hear their emerging voices about the actions they are undertaking to set the stones upon the path for those who will follow. Topics will include: loko wai 'ōpae (anchialine pool), intertidal, and marine ecosystem research and monitoring; biocultural research, restoration and management mauka and makai; and ‘āina-based education at Kaʻūpūlehu and Kīholo.