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Ritual + Sustainability Science? A Portal into the Science of Aloha

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Hālau ‘Ōhi’a—Hawai‘i Stewardship Training, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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Kamehameha Schools, Natural and Cultural Resources, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
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USDA Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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Hālau ‘Ōhi’a—A’a a Mole Cohort, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Honolulu, HI 96813
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Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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Pūnanaleo o Hilo, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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‘Imi Pono no ka ‘Āina, Three Mountain Alliance, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718, USA
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Aloha Kuamo’o 'Āina, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
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Kamehameha Schools, Kealapono, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
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Gig Called Life Coaching Services, Kamuela, HI 96743, USA
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State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
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Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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O’ahu Army Natural Resources Program, Schofield Barracks, HI 96857, USA
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Hawaii Community College, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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Hālau ‘Ōhi’a—’Ōhi’alaka Cohort, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
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US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, Honolulu, HI 96850, USA
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Department of Botany, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 97822, USA
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Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, Volcano Village, HI 96785, USA
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Kamuela Hardwoods, Kamuela, HI 96743, USA
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Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3478; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10103478
Received: 1 August 2018 / Revised: 14 September 2018 / Accepted: 19 September 2018 / Published: 28 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biocultural Restoration in Hawaiʻi)
In this paper, we propose that spiritual approaches rooted in the practice of Hawai‘i ritual provide a powerful portal to revealing, supporting, and enhancing our collective aloha (love, fondness, reciprocity, as with a family member) for and dedication to the places and processes that we steward. We provide a case study from Hawai‘i, where we, a group of conservation professionals known as Hālau ‘Ōhi’a, have begun to foster a collective resurgence of sacred commitment to the places and processes we steward through remembering and manifesting genealogical relationships to our landscapes through Indigenous Hawaiian ritual expression. We discuss how a ritual approach to our lands and seas makes us better stewards of our places, better members of our families and communities, and more fulfilled individuals. We assert that foundations of the spiritual and the sacred are required for effectively advancing the science of sustainability, the management of natural resources, and the conservation of nature. View Full-Text
Keywords: sacred ecology; biocultural conservation; Hawai‘i sacred ecology; biocultural conservation; Hawai‘i
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Kealiikanakaoleohaililani, K.; Kurashima, N.; Francisco, K.S.; Giardina, C.P.; Louis, R.P.; McMillen, H.; Asing, C.K.; Asing, K.; Block, T.A.; Browning, M.; Camara, K.; Camara, L.; Dudley, M.L.; Frazier, M.; Gomes, N.; Gordon, A.E.; Gordon, M.; Heu, L.; Irvine, A.; Kaawa, N.; Kirkpatrick, S.; Leucht, E.; Perry, C.H.; Replogle, J.; Salbosa, L.-L.; Sato, A.; Schubert, L.; Sterling, A.; Uowolo, A.L.; Uowolo, J.; Walker, B.; Whitehead, A.N.; Yogi, D. Ritual + Sustainability Science? A Portal into the Science of Aloha. Sustainability 2018, 10, 3478.

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