Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Keynote Speaker
Photo: Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Konohiki - Kulana o Kapolei

A Hawaiian Place of Learning at UH West Oahu


Manulani Aluli Meyer is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer.  Her family hails from Mokapu, Kailua, Kamamalu, Wailuku, Hilo and Kohala on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Moku o Keawe.  The Aluli ohana is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists who have spent their lives in Hawaiian education, justice, land reclamation, law, health, cultural revitalization, arts education, prison reform, transformational economics, food sovereignty, Hawaiian philosophy and most of all, music.  Manu works in the field of indigenous epistemology (philosophy of knowledge) and its role in world-wide awakening. Professor Aluli-Meyer obtained her doctorate from Harvard (Ed.D. 1998) by studying Hawaiian epistemology via language, history, and the clear insights of beloved Hawaiian mentors. She is an international keynote speaker who has published on the topic of native intelligence and its synergistic linkages to post-quantum sciences, simultaneity, spirituality, whole thinking, and to liberating evaluation and reflective pedagogy. Her book: Ho’oulu: Our Time of Becoming – Hawaiian Epistemology and Early Writings, is in its third printing.  Manu’s background is in wilderness education and experiential learning within cultural settings.  She has been an Instructor for Outward Bound and Hawaii Bound schools, along with coaching at high school and national levels in volleyball, track/field, and Special Olympics. Dr. Aluli-Meyer championed the Hawaiian Charter School movement, worked within the prisons, and developed Hoea Ea and Kaiao Garden for the Hawaii Island Food Sovereignty movement. Manulani has been an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Hawaii in Hilo and host to many creative community transformational education projects within/outside UH Hilo for 25+ years. She is an evaluator of international Indigenous PhD’s and finds much connection within the healing insights of other Indigenous scholar-practitioners. She lived five years in New Zealand working at Te Wānanga o Aotearoa as lead developer/teacher for an innovative Masters of Applied Indigenous Knowledge, He Waka Hiringa.  She is currently the Konohiki of Kulana o Kapolei, a Hawaiian Place of Learning, at UH West Oahu supported by the Hawaii Papa O Ke Ao initiative. Kulana o Kapolei is developed to “invite willingness” and thus to inspire ike kupuna initiatives that deepen ike aina, mo’olelo, auamo kulena, and aina aloha practices already underway in and throughout West Oahu, Ka Pae Aina o Hawaii, and Moana-nui-akea.  Manu has been a practitioner of ho’oponopono for that past 30 years.  Ke ku nei au ma ka ipuka o ku’u hale.