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First Session (3:00pm – 4:00pm)
Room G2 – Caring for Island Earth, Caring for Ourselves
Hear the history of why physicians are a part of the Hokulea crew. Hear the personal impact the voyage has had on some of the medical officers who served on PVS voyages. Explore with this panel the significance of caring for ones own health first.
Moderator: Nadine Tenn Salle, MD (Hikianalia Leg 11: Tahiti to Hawaii)
- Martina Kamaka, MD (Hokule`a Leg 6: Waitangi to Auckland)
- Dee-Ann Leialoha Carpenter, MD (Hikianalia Leg 2 (second half): Rarotonga to Pago Pago, American Samoa)
- Miriam Chang, MD (Hokule`a Leg 11: Aurere to Brisbane/Sydney)
Ira Zunin, MD (Hikianalia: Hawaii to Tahiti Hokulea: South Africa to Brazil)
Hokulea: Great Barrier Reef to Darwin; Hikianalia: Aoteroa to Tahiti
Conference Room 1 – Kids for Peace and the Global Sustainable Development Goals
Students show how their United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals project was shared and expanded among all grade levels, school staff and faculty, parents and the community and how we can address world problems within our own local communities.
Moderator: Debbie Millikan, Sustainability Specialist, ‘Iolani School
Conference Room 2 – Integrating Peace Education in Schools & Community
- Mindfulness Marion Lyman-Mersereau, Eileen McCool, Punahou
- Ceeds of Peace Lisa Taylor, Executive Director
- Restorative Justice Lorenn Walker, Director, Hawai‘i Friends of Restorative Justice
Conference Room 3 – Peace Awareness Stories and Activities for Children and Families
Come listen to stories for children and families focusing on peace. A hands-on interactive project to inspire discussions of peace and non-violence will follow the story telling.
- Lisa Yogi, Honolulu Community College
- Mark Mendoza, Honolulu Community College
- Students and Teachers, Early Childhood Education Program
Second Session (4:30pm – 5:30pm)
Room G2 – Aloha on the Frontlines: How Hawaii is Leading the Charge for Immigrant Rights
Hawaii’s history and character is defined by the diversity and talents its migrants have brought to it. The “Spirit of Aloha” takes many shapes here – much of it through law, policy, and community services that welcome, protect, and support our vulnerable immigrant population. In this panel, we will discuss the unique ways Hawaii has advocated for immigrant and refugee rights – particularly in a national political climate characterized by growing attempts to eviscerate them. Learn about the basic principles behind the Hawaii v. Trump ‘Travel Ban’ litigation; Sanctuary Jurisdictions; and distinctions between immigrants, refugees, asylees, and our respective obligations to them under state, federal, and international law. Hear how the “Spirit of Aloha” has been a guiding principle in both micro and macro-level efforts – from the perspective of policy leaders who also experience it on personal and community levels.”
Moderator: Rebecca Gardner, JD Office of Language Access
- Douglas Chin, Hawaii State Attorney General
- Terrina Wong, Deputy Director, Pacific Gateway Center
- Clare Hanusz, Aloha Immigration
Conference Room 1 – Cultivating Peace Through Gardening
Schools and communities are putting peace into practice through the cultivation of gardens. Peace Gardens offer a safe and calming environment and living laboratory for students where learning comes to life and social and emotional wellbeing are nurtured along with the skills of cooperation and caring. Peace Gardens provide an abundance of opportunities for learning about and addressing global issues such as food access, climate change, ecosystem restoration, invasive species, and much more.
Moderator: Lydi Morgan Bernal, Coordinator, Hawai‘i Farm to School and School Garden
- Gigi Cocquio, Founder, Hoa ‘Aina O Makaha
- Miki Tomita, Learning Center Director, Polynesian Voyaging Society
- Bianca Yanuaria, School Counselor, Keolu Elementary School
- Tyler Levine, Student, Oak Meadow Distance Learning School
Conference Room 2 – Forgiveness: The Roots of International Peace
The Hawai’i Forgiveness Project recognizes United Nations Peace Day with a presentation about two heroes of peace — Queen Lili’uokalani of Hawai’i and Premier Zhou Enlai of China. What is the connection between the deeply personal process of forgiveness, and the issues of international peace that we see in the headlines each day? What is the impact of our daily ethical, cultural, social and economic choices on the progress of peace in the world?