And still the waters rise.


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17. Out of Thin Air: building character, ancestral knowledge & lunar practices w/ Kalei Nuʻuhiwa

This show is a conversation with Kalei Nu?uhiwa, a dedicated student and observer of the atmosphere — its phenology, energies, and cycles – but from a Hawaiian perspective. The significance of Kalei's work, and her presentation style, is that she takes what has and is being observed in nature (weather patterns, stars, climate and other environmental changes) and couples that with what is found in oli, mele and mo?olelo (chants, songs and stories) and translates these complex cultural understandings of natural systems––developed over millennia––in a way that a much broader spectrum of Hawaiians and the wider community in general can understand. Maybe most important, people are able to see how the moon phases and related Hawaiian knowledge and values are relevant to their daily lives in the 21st Century. The conversation, however, is really Kalei's own story of how she came to be a kilo, a teacher, a researcher and a holder of knowledge---someone that we would call a cultural practitioner and active community leader. We dabble in the mechanics of the Hawaiian moon calendar but as with most ASTWR podcasts the goal is to uncover HOW creative thinkers think, WHAT questions they ask, and WHY they do what they do. The questions I hope everyone asks after listening to this conversation are, “Am I paying attention to my own life?” and “Am I aware of the opportunities that are presenting themselves to me each day?” For more information about some of the topics discussed in the podcast see the blog post at