In: Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Hines, Sarah J.; Maddox, David, eds. Green readiness, response, and recovery: A collaborative synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-185. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: 188-204.
Our aloha nui (profound affection) to you, dear readers! We are part of Hālau 'Ōhi'a, an intensive native Hawaiian stewardship and lifeways training program created to enhance the capacity of natural resources and conservation professionals to engage self, others, and place. The goal of this chapter is to share our collective professional and personal experiences in Hālau 'Ōhi'a from the perspective of both kumu (program developer and master instructor; Kekuhi) and haumāna (students; Heather, Christian, Kainana). We describe the pedagogy and epistemology of Hālau 'Ōhi'a and we share specific exercises from our practice that you can adapt and use in your own places. We believe these practices can inform a larger community of professionals interested in green readiness, response, and recovery because they can enhance personal, community, and global resilience through the cultivation of sacred relationships to place. (For more information see: Hawaiian Skies 2017, Kealiikanakaoleohaililani and Giardina 2015, McMillen 2016 in Literature Cited section).