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Ka‘ala Farm

Huaka‘i Hawai‘i:
A Journey of Change and Resiliency, Exploring Climate Impacts in Hawai‘i as a Vehicle for Envisioning Local/Global Sustainable Solutions

Goals of the UWC-SOL Center Short course:

  1. Further the mission of the UWCs: to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future; 

  2. Establish a commitment to climate change mitigation and resiliency solutions.

  3. Build a collaborative community that supports participant’s commitments to uphold the UWC and SOL Center values and ideals.

Through the unique history, environment, and cultural wisdom of Hawai'i we explored climate change impacts and solutions for food and energy security; and approaches to systems thinking and strategic planning to help develop changemaker skills for innovative, values-based resiliency solutions.


Each week we met online as an entire group for a one-hour presentation, and participants also met in smaller hui (groups) for a one-hour discussion led by our facilitators. We provided approximately two hours of readings, video, and audio content to prepare for the next unit and about two hours of fun interactive assignments that participants could share with each other. Each weekʻs presentation, discussion, and assignments were designed to be informative, engaging and entertaining.  

Due to COVID-19, Huaka‘i Hawai‘i was offered as an online course in 2020.


Week 1 explores the Native Hawaiian understanding of how to thrive within natural systems. 


Week 2 focuses on modern science explanations of natural systems and how they are impacted by current industrial systems.


Week 3 builds on this foundational knowledge exploring Native Hawaiian and contemporary food systems, climate change impacts and potential solutions 


Week 4 explores energy systems, their climate change impacts and potential solutions using the framework of analysis provided in weeks 1 to 3. 


Week 5 provides the Polynesian planning perspective and contemporary strategic planning practices to help participants design projects to carry on in their own communities.  

Due to COVID-19, Huaka‘i Hawai‘i was offered as an online course in 2020.

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The SOL Center is part of the ‘Aina Institute, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization established in 1991.