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Ritual + sustainability science? A portal into the science of aloha

Author(s):

Kekuhi Kealiikanakaoleohaililani
Natalie Kurashima
Renee Louis
C. Asing
Kayla Asing
Mililani Browning
Kualii Camara
Lahela Camara
Melanie Dudley
Monika Frazier
Noah Gomes
Amy Gordon
Marc Gordon
Linnea Heu
Aliah Irvine
Nohea Kaawa
Sean Kirkpatrick
Emily Leucht
John Replogle
Lasha-Lynn Salbosa
Aimee Sato
Linda Schubert
Amelie Sterling
Jermy Uowolo
Bridget Walker
A. Whitehead
Darcy Yogi

Year:

2018

Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Pacific Southwest Research Station

Source:

Sustainability. 10(10): 3478

Description

In this paper, we propose that spiritual approaches rooted in the practice of Hawai‘i ritual provide a powerful portal to revealing, supporting, and enhancing our collective aloha (love, fondness, reciprocity, as with a family member) for and dedication to the places and processes that we steward. We provide a case study from Hawai‘i, where we, a group of conservation professionals known as Hālau ‘Ōhi’a, have begun to foster a collective resurgence of sacred commitment to the places and processes we steward through remembering and manifesting genealogical relationships to our landscapes through Indigenous Hawaiian ritual expression. We discuss how a ritual approach to our lands and seas makes us better stewards of our places, better members of our families and communities, and more fulfilled individuals. We assert that foundations of the spiritual and the sacred are required for effectively advancing the science of sustainability, the management of natural resources, and the conservation of nature.

Citation

Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, Kekuhi; Kurashima, Natalie; Francisco, Kainana; Giardina, Christian; Louis, Renee; McMillen, Heather; Asing, C.; Asing, Kayla; Block, Tabetha; Browning, Mililani; Camara, Kualii; Camara, Lahela; Dudley, Melanie; Frazier, Monika; Gomes, Noah; Gordon, Amy; Gordon, Marc; Heu, Linnea; Irvine, Aliah; Kaawa, Nohea; Kirkpatrick, Sean; Leucht, Emily; Perry, Cheyenne; Replogle, John; Salbosa, Lasha-Lynn; Sato, Aimee; Schubert, Linda; Sterling, Amelie; Uowolo, Amanda; Uowolo, Jermy; Walker, Bridget; Whitehead, A.; Yogi, Darcy. 2018. Ritual + sustainability science? A portal into the science of aloha. Sustainability. 10(10): 3478. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103478.

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