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Kilo ʻĀina: Health Connections to ʻĀina

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm HST

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What can ʻāina tell us about our own health and healing? Everything!! The ahupuaʻa is a way to look at the impacts of trauma and ecosystems of care toward mauliola. It provides a resonant model of a Native system that is grounded in the reciprocal relationship of kānaka to ʻāina and spirituality in order to achieve collective healing or mauli ola. The ahupuaʻa is a living, breathing example of a thriving, healthy Native system, all connected through wai (water), following through every interconnected system.

What will participants learn?

  • Learn about the ahupua’a model for cultural healing and the impacts of trauma on our kanaka ecosystems
  • Discuss ways the model can be applied to the self, ‘ohana, kaiaulu (community), as well as larger care systems in Hawaii.
  • Provide their lens of how this model resonates and applies in their own, everyday life, community, ‘ohana, or organization.

Who is this workshop for?

  • Health workers
  • Social service workers
  • Behavioral health workers
  • Community members
  • ʻĀina practitioners


Kūlana ʻŌiwi Hālau (next to Nā Puʻuwai on Moloka‘i)
602 Maunaloa Hwy
Kaunakakai, HI 96748 United States 
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There is no registration for this event, it is open to the public. Come if can!

This event is brought to you in partnership with AANHPI ‘Ohana Center of Excellence, Papa Ola Lōkahi, and Ho‘aka Mana.

Workshop Presenters

Lilinoe Kauahikaua, MSW uses she/her/ʻO ia pronouns and is from Piʻihonua, Hilo on Moku o Keawe (Hawaiʻi Island) but has lived and grown in many other spaces throughout her journey, including Oʻahu, California, and Arizona.

Lilinoe serves as program coordinator with Papa Ola Lōkahi, for all substance use and mental health projects, as well as the AANHPI ʻOhana Center of Excellence for behavioral health project manager. Her work focuses on cultural approaches in healing.

Lilinoe was appointed by Governor Ige to the Hawai’i Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse and Controlled Substances and serves on the boards of ʻEkolu Mea Nui, Going Home Hawai’i, Kinohi Mana Nui, and the cultural committee co-chair for The Going Home Hawaiʻi Consortium, organizations serving the Native Hawaiian community impacted by incarceration and substance use.

Lilinoe also serves on committees for the Institute of Violence and Trauma (IVAT), and Hawaiʻi SUPD (Substance Use Professional Development) initiative.

Kumu Kanoelani Davis is a Kama a MolokainuiaHina and an established Kumu Hula of Ka Pā Hula O Hina I Ka Pō La‘ila‘i and Ho’a Mana Practitioner in the healing arts. She draws from the immense knowledge and wisdom passed down to her by her Papa, Sifu/Kahupono/’Olohe Francis Clifford Leialoha Wong.

Her martial arts training is rooted in the understanding of life and death, with the teachings of Lua, Lomilomi, La’au Kahea, and La’au Lapa’au. Kanoelani shares the traditional methods of her family to help others ignite the fire within and heal themselves.

Kanoelani is the Executive Director of Ho’aka Mana – Native Hawaiian Organization that believes in strengthening indigenous identities. She is a single mother of four daughters and the CEO/Owner of multiple small businesses; one being PoMahina Designs.

Davis is deeply invested in the community, advocating for cultural preservation, conservation, and the protection of natural resources. She has worked as a Cultural Health Navigator with Molokai Community Health Center, coordinating programs and integration between the behavioral health, medical, and dental departments.

Kanoelani has also served on the Executive Board of Directors and is now a part of the Cultural Committee at Molokai Community Health Center. Kanoelani has dedicated her time and efforts to serving the Molokai community and its youth, which is demonstrated in her work with the University of Hawaii’s Department of Psychiatry for seven years as a cultural advisor and community P.I. Puni Ke Ola was the vision of the kupuna who desired culturally integrated substance use prevention resources. 

Kanoe’s dedication shaped the Western modalities into Native Hawaiian thought processes. Through the evolution of the Puni Ke Ola she built & incorporated makawalu & kilo into the Ho’a ‘Ike curriculum which is utilized to create meaningful and transformative learning experiences. By connecting unique perspectives with knowledge of one’s physical and mental environment, teachers can create a learning experience that is both culturally relevant and academically enriching. A train-the-trainer certification program was developed for the education system (K-12 and College Professors) & substance abuse councils. There are now 20+ certified trainers across Hawaii who utilizes Ho’a ‘Ike. 

Aside from her dedication to strengthening indigenous identities via Ho’a Mana, Kanoe finds peace with the elements. She can be found in the highest parts of the forest to the depths of the sea, she enjoys fishing, hunting, and hana no’eau from traditional tools and weapons to dyes and ho’oni’o.


February 21
10:00 am - 12:30 pm HST
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Kūlana ʻŌiwi Hālau
602 Maunaloa Hwy
Kaunakakai, 96748 United States
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