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Presenter Introduction
Keynote: Dr. Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula
"Paepae ke Kahua: The Socail and Cultural Determinants of Native Hawaiian Health"
Dr. Keaweʻaimoku Kaholokula is a Professor and Chair of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2003 and completed a clinical health psychology post-doctoral fellowship in 2004 at the Tripler Army Medical Center. His research also examins how biological, behavioral, and psychosocial factors interplay to affect their risk for, and treatment of cardiometabolic-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. He is an advocate for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander health and serves on several community boards and committees whose mission is to address the social and cultural determinants of health in Hawaiʻi. He is also a member of Halemua of Kūaliʻi and ʻAha Kāne, Hawaiian cultural groups dedicated to the revitalization of traditional values and practices to build leaders in our Hawaiian communities.
Presentation 1: Dr. Misty Pacheco
"Navigating the Covid-19 Pandemic with a Public Health Lens"
Misty Y. Pacheco is an associate professor of kinesiology and exercise sciences at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo specializing in health disparities in Hawaiʻi, with a particular focus on Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI). Much of her research is in the area of sexual and reproductive health, more specifically, pelvi inflammatory disease (PID), chlamydia, HIV/AIDS, and cesarean delivery rates.
Presentation 2: Dr. Kū Kahakalau
"Native Roots: Indigenous Paths to Wellness and Food Soverignty"
Dr. Kū Hinahinakūikahakai Kahakalau is a native Hawaiian educator, researcher, cultural practioner, grassroots activist, song writer, and expert in Hawaiian language, history and culture. For the past decades, Aunty Kū has been on the forefront of the Hawaiian-focused education movement, testing and refining her highly successful Pedagogy of Aloha (love/compassion), which promotes the revitalization of Hawaiian values, along with Hawaiian language and culture, hands-on learning in the environment, community sustainability, food sovereignty and Hawaiian self-determination in education and beyond.
Presentation 3: Aunty Lynette Paglinawan & Dr. Manulani Meyer
Lynette K. Kaopuiki Paglinawan is a 50+ year practitioner of Hoʻoponopono. She has worked with thousands of family members on this process throughout the islands and remained a beloved Social Worker during her career. Aunty Lynette has been an educator in the Social Work field at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and now within the Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and Healing Concentration at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu. Aunty Lynette is currently teaching courses at UHWO focusing on her belief in "Hoʻokahi Lāʻau" - A Healer in every home. She is also an avid spokesperson for Cultural Landscaping and supports the Cultural Landscaping and supports the Cultural Agroforestry movement at UH West Oʻahu.

Manulani Aluli Meyer is a practioner of Hoʻoponopono and a student of Indigenous Epistemology, or the Philosophy of knowledge focusing on continuity embedded in love of land/service to people. She has been a student of hoʻopono (truth-speaking and mindful behavior) for 30+ years and remains grateful to have teachers and opportunities to learn this practice. She is the Konohiki of Kūlana o Kapolei - a Hawaiian Place of Learning @ UH West Oʻahu, and assists Aunty Lynette with her classes each semester.
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