2019 Hawaii Conservation Conference

2019 Hawaii Conservation Conference

“ʻO ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi ke kī e komo ai i loko o ka hālau o ka ʻike,” kai hoʻōho ohohia ai ʻo Kainoa Pestana, he limahana no Puʻu Kuikui Watershed ma Maui a he ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi nō hoʻi. Peia pū ke kākoʻo o kāna mau hoa pānela, he pūʻulu kanaka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi e hana nei ma nā ʻoihana mālama ʻāina ma Hawaiʻi nei, e noho ana ma ka pānela ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi piha mua loa i mālama ʻia ma ka ʻAha Kūkā Maluō o Hawaiʻi ma Iulai.

Ancestral teachings tell us that language is an enabling factor of our ability to prosper. Like the ʻaʻaliʻi kū makani, language revitalization has become a way to demonstrate strength and resilience. In this, the 2019 UN Year of Indigenous Languages, the first-ever Hawaiian Language panel at the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference convened to celebrate Hawaiʻi’s ancestral language and culture, to demonstrate their important role in conservation efforts, and to situate ancestral teachings in present-day conservation contexts.