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Biocultural Series: Kohala Dryland Agricultural Field System
November 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm HST
The next Waikōloa Biocultural Series presentation is planned for Friday, November 18th at 5pm. We’ll be learning about the history of dryland agriculture in Kohala and the experiences of those who steward Ulu Mau Puanui in the Kohala field system. Ulu Mau Puanui is a non-profit formed for research and educational purposes to discover and understand how Hawaiians sustained rain-fed intensive farming for centuries; and how it may inform current efforts to live sustainably.
Peter Vitousek Board Chair of Ulu Mau Puanui and Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford University. He was born and grew up in Hawai‘i and has been on the faculty at Stanford University since 1984. His research interest in understanding how the interaction of land and culture contributed to the sustainability of Pacific Island societies before European contact has led him to become a leading expert on the Kohala field system. Following his presentation, there will be a question and answer period with Peter as well as Kēhaulani Marshall and Healohamele Genovia of Ulu Mau Puanui.