Sciences and the Sacred: Conversations on Maunakea

This seminar series will foreground discussions of contemporary issues surrounding Maunakea by providing our UH community with a common understanding of why Maunakea is sacred from multiple perspectives. Each seminar will pair a Hawaiian practitioner with a UH Mānoa faculty member to explore topics from various knowledge systems. Our intent is to create a safe space to dialog about complex issues.

Planned seminar topics include:

  • Oct. 29: Geological and hydrological phenomena of Maunakea
  • Nov. 21: Meteorological phenomena and island weather systems relevant to Maunakea
  • January 2020: Biodiversity and climate/ecological zones on Maunakea
  • February 2020: Human interactions on Maunakea pre-1778
  • March 2020: Impact of Maunakea on our understanding of the universe

Location: Art Auditorium, UH Mānoa
Event: 5:30- 7:00 PM, light pupus at 5:00 pm

Hosted by the UH Mānoa Provost, Hawaiʻi Sea Grant Center of Integrated Knowledge Systems and the Biocultural Initiative of the Pacific

Upcoming Seminars

Speaker Bios

Kuʻulei Higashi Kanahele is a PhD candidate in Hawaiian and Indigenous Language and Cultural Revitalization and is an instructor for Hawaiʻi Community College’s Hawaiʻi Life Styles program. Kuulei’s research focus is Papahulihonua, the study of the earth sciences pertaining to the island environment of Hawaiʻi (i.e. geology, hydrology, petrology, oceanography, soil science, and volcanology). She has presented her research to native Hawaiian practitioners, educators, and various organizations, such as Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, the County of Hawaiʻi, and Google X.

Scott Rowland is a geologist in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and teaches a course on the Geology of the Hawaiian Islands. He is a product of O‘ahu public schools, the University of Hawai‘i, and Oregon State University. He has been studying and teaching about lava flows and Hawaiian volcanoes since the late 1980s. He also studies volcanoes in the Galápagos Islands, and works with the Curiosity rover on Mars.