The next stepping stones: Emerging leaders at Kaʻūpūlehu and Kīholo
Hannah Springer1, Natalie Kurashima2, Mike Nakachi3, Kaikea Nakachi4, David Chai1, Nicole Tachibana5, Keoki Carter6, Wilds Brauner7, Yvonne Carter6, Lehua Alapai7, Kekaulike Tomich8, Cecile Walsh9, Kanoe Morishige10, Kuulei Keakealani11, Nahenani Keakealani11
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.

Participant feedback is encouraged and welcomed.