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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
Watch Online: Livestream available at 

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

Upcoming Seminars

November 21 Sciences and the Sacred event flyer

Speaker Bios

Kalei Nuuhiwa

Alison Nugent


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