There’s just certain things that we can talk about amongst each other that we can’t talk about in the presence of men,” said Mehanaokalā Hind, one of the coordinators of the ʻAha Wahine.
Hind is leading the charge to implement the first ever ʻAha Wahine.
“Native Hawaiian women have been gathering in smaller groups in their particular practices. Whether that be hula or lauhala weaving or kapa,” explains Hind, “But to have one on a grander scale that dealt with larger issues that all of us as Native Hawaiian women deal with. Socioeconomic issues, health issues, education issues and so forth.”
The focus is reconnecting women to their Hawaiian culture to help them prosper.
“What I want the women to walk away with is a sense of of, a growing sense of their Native Hawaiian identity,” said Hind.
The women’s-only conference is largely based on the success of the ʻAha Kāne, a males-only health conference.
“That was a really good push because it let people out there know and especially men that there is a role for men. There is a role for Native Hawaiian women in our, in our society, and they play very pivotal roles. So why not gather and highlight those roles?” asks Hind.
While all the details are being worked out, Hind is organizing a mini-ʻAha Wahine in February at Windward Community College.
“I want Native Hawaiian women to thrive. I want Native Hawaiian families to thrive and I see this as one of those steps in making that possible,” said Hind.
To register or for more information, visit www.AhaWahine.Org.
Source Credit: by Wide Angle Studios
A documentary film on Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander behavioral health care. We travel to the South Pacific Island of American Samoa, the pristine wilderness of Alaska, and the continental United States talking with indigenous people and listening to their stories.
Funded through a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services – SAMHSA, produced by Wide Angle Studios in association with First Nations Behavioral Health Association.
First aired on ʻĀhaʻi ʻŌlelo Ola June 21st 2010
The goal of ‘Aha Kane 2010 is to address the issues of Native Hawaiian male leadership and community involvement by focusing on the cultural history and the roles of Native Hawaiian men in the past, present and future. ‘Aha Kane 2010 offers a diverse venue of support services, educational programs, health presentations, and cultural workshops to increase our awareness and empower Native Hawaiian kane to fulfill our roles and responsibilities amongst ourselves, as well as within our families and our respective communities.
Activities include: Ho’okuku Ha’iolelo Hawaiian Language Oration Competition, Health Screenings, Lomilomi, and various athletic competitions! Chants and Hula Kahiko workshops, traditional warrior arts demonstrations.
A discussion aired on ‘Olelo in 2009 focusing on the health care issues facing the Big Island. This particular discussion focused on healthcare programs and services provided to Native Hawaiians on the Big Island. Taking part in this discussion were Senator Russell Kokubun, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee, Robert Lindsey, Papa Ola Lokahi Executive Director, Hardy Spoehr, and Hui Malama Ola Na ‘Oiwi Executive Director, Michelle Teuber.