Written by Ann Kaleilokelani Nuuhiwa
Published: 29 November -0001
In September 23 - 27, 2015, two hundred fifty (250) cultural experts, practitioners, and community members from the Hawaiʻi Islands and the Pacific came together at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus to share contributions their practices can have on climate change solutions through the Kaulana Mahina, which is the Hawaiian Moon Calendar.
The ʻAimalama Conference focused on the use of the Kaulana Mahina methodology. This methodology is a placebased environmental literacy practice. It is based on practices affiliated with moon cycles and the data collected by generations of observers who made correlations between each moon phase in order to optimize the outcome of their efforts.
Lunar practices are fundamentally based on ancient wisdom that predates the migrations of the Pacific peoples. This ancient wisdom traveled with our ancestors, guiding them efficiently through their daily activities and also with adaptation to new or changing environments.