Living Ahupuaʻa: Planning for the Future of Hawaiʻi

APA Hawaii Chapter


Thursday, September 21, 2017
10:45 a.m. - noon HST

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Keen observation, Adaptability, Resilience, and Ancestral knowledge allowed ʻŌiwi (aboriginal Hawaiians) to create the indigenous resource management and land tenure system unique to these islands; to produce and manage abundant resources for a substantial population.  We now understand that the other Hawaiian islands, not only Oʻahu, likely had comparable, if not larger, resident populations than we do today.  Those populations gained sustenance solely from the bounties of local production.  This talk will examine that historical system and discuss key concepts and indigenous strategies that can inform our contemporary and future planning efforts for our islands.


Trisha Kehaulani Watson

Trisha Kehaulani Watson, JD, PhD, founded Honua Consulting in 2003 following the birth of her son. Fourteen years later, the company has flourished into a unique Hawaiian-owned small business that specializes in environmental planning and cultural resource management. In 2014, she was awarded the Young Community Leader of the Year ... Read More

Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer

Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer is an associate professor at the Center for Hawaiian Studies in the Hui ‘Āina Momona Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a joint appointment in the Richardson School of Law and the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Prior to this role, Dr ... Read More

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