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2nd Annual HO‘OKELE HONUA PACIFIC UNITY VIRTUAL SUMMIT

Kaʻiwakīloumoku Pacific Indigenous Institute presents
PACIFIC CONVERSATIONS

2nd Annual HOʻOKELE HONUA PACIFIC UNITY VIRTUAL SUMMIT
“World Oceans Day: The Sea Roads that Connect Us”

*NOTE: use the blue dots located on the video progress bar to easily navigate between chapters

Please enjoy this special video presentation of the 2022 Hoʻokele Honua: Pacific Unity Virtual Summit sponsored by the ʻAha Moananuiākea Pacific Consortium. This 2nd annual virtual gathering of Pacific leaders, culture-bearers, students, and heads of indigenous-serving institutions took place on June 8, World Oceans Day. Representing Tahiti, Alaska, Micronesia, Taiwan, Aotearoa, Rapa Nui, and Hawaiʻi, these inspiring leaders share about their efforts to protect the ocean and ancestral waterways, address issues of climate change in their communities, and strengthen our connections as Pacific people.


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Pacific Unity Summit - Video Index
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2nd Annual Hoʻokele Honua Pacific Unity Virtual Summit
“World Oceans Day: The Sea Roads that Connect Us”

TIMECODE SPEAKER / FEATURE CONTENT
CHAPTER 1 — OPENING
0:00:00

Introduction and Opening Protocols: Snowbird Bento and Lāiana Kanoa-Wong

Ceremonial Welcome

  • Pū Kani – Sounding of Conch
  • Ke Welina Mai Nei – Chant of welcome honoring Kāne
  • ʻAwa Akua – ʻAwa for Guiding Elders
  • Pule Hoʻomaikaʻi – Opening Prayer
0:03:55

Jack Wong, CEO, Kamehameha Schools

Words of welcome and comments on "sea roads" theme.

0:05:28

Dr. Randie Kamuela Fong, Executive Culture Officer, Kamehameha Schools — Host

Introduction of Pacific partners and goals of the Summit.

CHAPTER 2 – TAHITI & RAʻIĀTEA
0:08:28 VIDEO: Kealaikahiki a Marae Taputapuātea This 11-minute video features the ceremonial arrival of the Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia in Papeʻete, Tahiti and Taputapuātea Marae, Raʻiātea during the Kealaikahiki Voyage in May 2022.
0:19:58

Heremoana Maamaatuaiahutapu, Minister of Culture and the Environment, French Polynesia

Minister Heremoana promotes the protection of marine life as ancestral entities, celebrates islanders as “resilient and resistant” in character, and reminds us that the size of our oceanic footprint makes Polynesia the largest “continent” and very powerful and influential.
CHAPTER 3 – MICRONESIA
0:32:06

VIDEO: Hawaiʻi-Micronesia Virtual Student Exchange

This 3-minute video features highlights from a virtual conference on sea level rise involving students from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama, Xavier School in Weno, Chuuk, and Yap Catholic High School, Colonia.
0:35:22

Xavier High School, Weno, Chuuk

Margie Carl, Instructor; Isabella Kostka, Student; Melorisa Mori, Student
Representatives of Xavier High School in Chuuk express concerns as climate change poses serious threats to their island environment and the future of their people.
CHAPTER 4 – ALASKA
0:40:16

Liz La quen náay Kat Saas Medicine Crow (Haida/Tlingit), President/CEO, First Alaskans Institute

Liz Medicine Crow shares about traditional canoe paddling along the Alaskan waterways, ancestral connections to the environment, and indigenous wisdom that informs solutions for climate change.
CHAPTER 5 – RAPA NUI
0:54:44

VIDEO: Aloha Rapa Nui

This 11-minute video features a tour on board the Hōkūleʻa in Hawaiian, celebrates the kinship between the native peoples of Rapa Nui and Hawaiʻi, and expresses support and goodwill on behalf of the Hawaiian voyaging family through song and dance.
CHAPTER 6 – TAIWAN
1:06:09 VIDEO: Introduction to Indigenous Tribes of Taiwan This 1 ½-minute video provides a quick overview of the indigenous Austronesian tribes of Taiwan.
1:08:15 VIDEO: Kaviyangan Paiwan Tribe & Kamehameha Schools This 7-min video captures the exchange of ceremonial items that represents the strong sense of Austronesian kinship between Native Hawaiians and indigenous Taiwanese.
CHAPTER 7 – AOTEAROA
1:15:10 Stanley Conrad (Te Aupouri), Captain, Te Aurere, Hekenukumai Busby Trust Māori voyaging leader and legacy keeper of the late Sir Hekenukumai Busby recounts his role as a crew member of the Hōkūleʻa when it landed at Waitangi in 1985 sparking the rekindling of Māori voyaging and the birth of Ngāti Ruawāhia, the Hawaiian tribe.
1:16:59 Sir Hector Busby Kupe Waka Centre The latest developments on the construction of this traditional voyaging center at Aurere are shared, including graphics.
CHAPTER 8 – NAINOA THOMPSON
1:24:52

Nainoa Thompson, President, Polynesian Voyaging Society

This inspiring World Oceans Day message was shared from the deck of Hōkūleʻa as it sailed from Tahiti to Hawaiʻi on the Kealaikahiki Voyage.
CHAPTER 9 – CLOSING
1:30:38

Jamie Mililani Fong, Manager, Kaʻiwakīloumoku Pacific Indigenous Institute

Summit participants from throughout the Pacific are acknowledged on behalf of the host, the ʻAha Moananuiākea Pacific Consortium.
1:32:24 Expressions of Commitment and Closing Protocols

Ceremonial Closing

  • Paʻakai – Partaking of sea salt
  • ʻAwa – Partaking of ceremonial drink
  • Pū Kani – Sounding of Conch