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The Moʻolelo of ILI in Hawai’i 2023

ILI Year 4 Fellows at ILI Hawai'i intensive with hand printed bags using traditional techniques

photos & video: Ennis Carter & Kiame Biandudi, Social Impact Studios, Loren Waters, Monna Morton, Marquetta Dupree.

For the second in-person ILI intensive, the ILI Year 4 Fellows, ILI Partners and team gathered on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Hosted by ILI Partner PA’I Foundation, the 4-day intensive started on the west coast area of Kona and wrapped up in the east coast town of Hilo. From beaches, to forests to sacred volcanic mountain sites, the gathering brought the Fellows and attending ILI community together for arts & cultural learning, deep discussion, and understanding through hands-on experience and direct storytelling.  Here’s a look at the time together that included ceremony, food, conversation, field trips and the opportunity to connect one-on-one for a deeper intercultural exchange. (See more details on each site visit and cultural practices here)

Day 1: Friday, January 27, 2023 – KONA

  • Hiʻuwai (Water Cleansing at the ocean) and PAʻAKAI (Sacredness in Salt) PRESENTATION at ʻANAEHOʻOMALU. ʻANAEHOʻOMALU
  • HOʻOKUPU (Offering through Native Hawaiian Culture) PRESENTATION with Kanoelani Davis
  •  Lei Making
  • KAULANA MAHINA PRESENTATION (Observing the moon and elements) with Kalei Nuʻuhiwa
  • Indigenous Fellow Centered Panel Discussion

Day 2: Saturday, January 28, 2023 – KONA

  • Breakfast & Pod Presentations
  • MANAOLA (Name of clothing design co and hula school) PRESENTATION* with Carrington Manaola Yap
  • Travel to WAIKIʻI
  • Asian American/Pacific Island Fellow Centered Panel Discussion
  • Music with Lim ʻOhana (Lim Family)
  • Dinner & Open Mic Night
MANAOLA hula school

Day 3: Sunday, January 29, 2023

  • Breakfast & Pod Presentations
  • MAUNA KEA PRESENTATION with Pua Case and Hāwane Rios
  • MAUNA KEA site visit
  • Evening site visit to Halemaʻumaʻu / Kilauea volcano
Collected Audio by Jesus Mario Contreras, Wind Keeper for Pod 4.
Pod 4 was brought together around the question of Why ILI Matters. They created experiences based on ritual, healing and natural elements.

Day 4: Monday, January 30, 2023 – HILO

  • Site visit to Ke Kula ‘O Nāwahīokalani’ōpuʻu Iki Lab Public Charter School
  • Site visit to W. H. SHIPMAN’S LTD orchard 
  • Beach time/wellness space
  • Celebration Dinner & Closing Circle