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Hawaii Conservation Conference - Kulia i ka huliau - July 27-29, 2021 online

Hawaii Conservation Conference 2021

The 2021 Hawaii Conservation Conference - Kulia i ka huliau - Striving for change will be a virtual Conference held in just a few weeks on Tuesday July 27th - Thursday July 29th of 2021 hosted by the Hawaii Conservation Alliance. The Conference is an opportunity that allows a diverse group of scientists, policymakers, conservation practitioners, educators, students, and community members from Hawaii and the Pacific to converge and discuss conservation. It's a time to connect, share, and inspire, all with the common goal of caring for our natural resources.

Kūlia i ka huliau - Striving for Change!

Kūlia i ka Huliau (loosely translating to strive at the turning point) speaks to the demand of our current times that we work collaboratively to forge a new Hawaii. The pandemic has marked a turning point, forcing a rethink of how we should live and work in our special place. And we have already been facing swift and dramatic changes to our ecosystems with profound impacts on biodiversity and human wellbeing. Now is the time to strive to affect changes that could be forged lest we revert to a comfortable "business as usual" that has proven unsustainable and prone to disruption. It clearly showed us how tenuous and vulnerable our externally-facing visitor economy is. It also showed us the benefits of a lighter human footprint on our living resources, and how we should consciously rework to minimize our impacts as well as take action to protect and strengthen the resilience of our life-sustaining lands and waters.

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Meet Our Keynote Presenters!

We are excited to announce our line up of keynote presenters for our conference this week! Please meet our presenters and their presentation title below:

*** Day 1 ***

Malia Akutagawa & Denise Antolini

Day 1 - Tuesday, July 27th, 2021 - K?lia i ka Huliau - Transforming Law and Policy

Around the world and in Hawaii, leaders in our conservation and legal communities have been working to implement existing laws and policies that enable effective conservation while developing new innovative approaches to meet our biocultural resources stewardship goals.

Please join two local leaders in environmental law, Malia Akutagawa and Denise Antolini, both of the University of Hawai?i Richardson School of Law, as they discuss the ways in which we can transform our laws and policies to realize our vision of thriving, abundant lands and seas with their native ecosystems actively cared for by generations of stewards, steered by excellent science and Hawaiian values and practice.

*** Day2 ***

Jhana Young & Dr. Noa Lincoln

Day 2 - Wednesday, July 28th, 2021 - Kulia i ka Huliau - Transforming our Food Systems

Many of us in conservation fields recognize the importance of and potential complications in significantly increasing our local food production while balancing the needs of our native ecosystems and other sustainability targets such as green energy production.

Please join us for a conversation with Jhana Young, Sustainable Seafood Manager with Conservation International Hawai?i and Dr. Noa Lincoln, Researcher of Indigenous Crops and Cropping Systems at the University of Hawaii as they discuss the ways in which we can transform our food systems to meet our conservation goals.

*** Day3 ***

Dr Kamanamaikalani Beamer & John De Fries

Day 3 - Thursday, July 29th, 2021 - Kulia i ka Huliau - Transforming our Economy

Over the last year and a half, we all experienced profound changes to our daily lives caused by the global pandemic. With a near complete halt to travel, the economic driver of our contemporary economy, tourism, was practically suspended for a good portion of 2020. For the first time in many residents' lives, we experienced our home without crowds and tourists. We witnessed changes in our natural environments as human pressure on biocultural resources eased. At the same time, many were pushed into an even more precarious financial position as businesses were forced to shrink dramatically and even close. Now, as the State reopens, the pressures of tourism are quickly returning even as we are still understanding the short and long term impacts of the pandemic closures.

Over the last year and a half, the many leaders and community members in Hawai?i quickly stepped up to offer visions for our economic future grounded in Hawaiian and place-based values. The Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration helped to spur and organize community conversation around specific ideas to realize our visions for the future. As a part of its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, the Hawaii Tourism Authority produced Destination Management Action Plans that focus on addressing the communities' needs on each island - a significant shift for an agency that once focused heavily on tourism promotion.

We would like to invite you to join two local leaders, Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer of the University of Hawai?i Richardson School of Law and the Hawai'inui?kea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, and John De Fries, President and CEO of the Hawai?i Tourism Authority as they discuss the ways in which we can and must transform our economy if we are to realize the vision of the Hawaii Conservation Alliance - thriving, abundant lands and seas with their native ecosystems actively cared for by generations of stewards, steered by excellent science and Hawaiian values and practice.

*** Kulia i ka huliau - Striving for Change!

K?lia i ka Huliau (loosely translating to strive at the turning point) speaks to the demand of our current times that we work collaboratively to forge a new Hawai?i. The pandemic has marked a turning point, forcing a rethink of how we should live and work in our special place. And we have already been facing swift and dramatic changes to our ecosystems with profound impacts on biodiversity and human wellbeing. Now is the time to strive to affect changes that could be forged lest we revert to a comfortable "business as usual" that has proven unsustainable and prone to disruption. It clearly showed us how tenuous and vulnerable our externally-facing visitor economy is. It also showed us the benefits of a lighter human footprint on our living resources, and how we should consciously rework to minimize our impacts as well as take action to protect and strengthen the resilience of our life-sustaining lands and waters.

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Date: Tuesday, July 27th, 2021 to Thursday, July 29th, 2021

Cost: Varies depending on coupons and scholarships.

Categories: Animal Related Event, Environmental Event, Meeting / Conference, Online / Zoom Event, Sustainability Event

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