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He Au Honua: Indigenous Research Conference will be held on Maui, Hawaii from Tuesday, March 19 to Friday, March 22, 2019. The opening ceremonies will be a shared event with the Native Hawaiian Education Association at the University of Hawaii Maui College on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. A luau dinner to follow. The conference is hosted by the Native Hawaiian Education Association. Registration is open for He Au Honua at

He Au Honua Conference Title:
He Au Honua derives from the Maori term He Manawa Whenua, the conference title over the last six years where it originated from. He Manawa Whenua is a term for a subterrainal aquifer or an underground spring. Water is life, and because a Manawa Whenua originates deep within the earth, Maori believe it is a most precious resource vital for the well-being of the people. This conference was gifted to Hawaii in 2017 to signify the close ancestral ties between Maori and Kanaka Maoli. In keeping with the original title, He Au Honua where Au not only refers to era, but also current, be it water, wind, or otherwise. Honua, meaning Earth, yet in other Polynesian languages, the honua (or cognates thereof) could also mean placenta. Being that we are of the honua, the new title suggests that this is our time to come forth more so than we already have. At the heart, of ancestral knowledge is research. Therefore this conference proposes to explore the pool of ancestral or indigenous knowledge and research under the following theme:


I Mana ka Mauli, I Mauli ka Mana
Life is Divine Power, Divinely Powerful is Life

MANA and MAULI exist in all things but the way in which they are seen, understood and utilized are varied and different. Mana is the power we have to influence things in the world, and mauli is the inner life-force inherent, as well as developed, within us. I Mana ka Mauli, I Mauli ka Mana our life force and our spiritual, intellectual, cultural power draw from each other. This speaks to our indigenous intellectual framework that includes our kuleana and relationship with na akua (divine, supernatural), ohana (familial, cultural) and aina (rooted in, related to and responsible for the land/ocean). We have chosen the theme for this conference to continue the movement from the last He Manawa Whenua conference of Indigenous Sovereignty.