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

Hālau ‘Ōhi’a—Hawai‘i Stewardship Training, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Kamehameha Schools, Natural and Cultural Resources, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
USDA Forest Service, Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Hālau ‘Ōhi’a—A’a a Mole Cohort, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry & Wildlife, Honolulu, HI 96813
Mauna Kea Forest Restoration Project, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Pūnanaleo o Hilo, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
‘Imi Pono no ka ‘Āina, Three Mountain Alliance, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, HI 96718, USA
Aloha Kuamo’o 'Āina, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
Kamehameha Schools, Kealapono, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Gig Called Life Coaching Services, Kamuela, HI 96743, USA
State of Hawai‘i Department of Human Services, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Sciences, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
O’ahu Army Natural Resources Program, Schofield Barracks, HI 96857, USA
Hawaii Community College, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Mauna Kea Watershed Alliance, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
Hālau ‘Ōhi’a—’Ōhi’alaka Cohort, Hilo, HI 96720, USA
US Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office, Honolulu, HI 96850, USA
Department of Botany, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 97822, USA
Volcano School of Arts and Sciences, Volcano Village, HI 96785, USA
Kamuela Hardwoods, Kamuela, HI 96743, USA
Natural Resources and Environmental Management, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Sustainability 2018, 10(10), 3478;
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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