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The 2022 program will be a six-part series offered on the third Friday of each month May-October beginning at 5:30pm. Please check upcoming events to register!

The Waikōloa Biocultural Series brings local experts, practitioners, scientists, and community leaders to the Waikōloa Dry Forest Preserve to share their ‘ike (knowledge) with our community. In an effort to broaden horizons, connect to place and each other, and provide opportunities to engage in the WDFI began this series in 2020. We are so fortunate to have so many dedicated, passionate, and generous leaders, teachers, and kūpuna in our community that are willing to come to Waikōloa Dry Forest, and share their stories and experience with all of us.  Videos of these presentations will also be available for later viewing. Please see the available videos below.

The Waikōloa Biocultural Series is possible with funding provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Aloha ‘Āina Program, administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.

August 2022

Ola nā kuaiwi: ʻŌiwi agriculture, from past to future

Natalie will share an overview of ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) agriculture, research on traditional agricultural footprint, productive capacity, and future potential, as well as share an example of adaptive reuse and restoration in Kona. Natalie was born and raised in Waipiʻo, Oʻahu and now calls Halekiʻi, Kona home. She is the Integrated Resources Manager at Kamehameha Schools, the largest private landowner in Hawaiʻi. Her kuleana focuses on supporting community-based stewardship of natural and cultural resources across the pae ‘āina. She received a PhD in Botany at UH Mānoa, where she investigated the biocultural restoration of ‘Ōiwi agricultural systems.

Natalie Kurashima | August 19th 2022 | 5:30pm



June 2022

Name Stories!

An interactive talk story about the stories within the names of the Waikōloa region

Ku’ulei Keakealani | Recording coming soon!

May 2022

He Wa’a He Moku, He Moku He Wa’a

(The Canoe an Island, and Island a Canoe)

Chadd ‘Onohi Paishon & Maulili Dickson

This first presentation centers around wa´a, or canoe. In many ways, the wa´a is a beginning for Hawai´i and Hawaiians. Not just a way of getting from one place to another, or arriving, but in understanding how to live in Hawai´i and on Earth. He wa´a he moku, he moku he wa´a. Both Chadd and Ma´ulili have dedicated their lives to serving community at every juncture, they have decades of experience as navigators, voyagers, teachers, canoe builders, and ambassadors of Hawaii, of voyaging and of a way of life that deserves to be perpetuated. Mahalo to Chadd and Maulili.

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