Alaskans, Hawaiians celebrate 30th anniversary of partnership that saved koa

Alaskans and Hawaiians visited May 27 the site on the upper slopes of Keauhou where 30 years earlier they forged a partnership to save Hawaii’s koa forests. (Courtesy photos/Kamehameha Schools)

The Sealaska group visited Hawaii along with other Alaska natives to attend Hooilina: Empowering Our Traditions of Exploration, a three-day conference hosted by Aha Moananuiakea, a Pacific consortium sponsored by Kamehameha Schools that includes the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS), Bishop Museum, and the University of Hawaii System. The conference is a collaboration with Alaska Native leaders representing various tribal organizations, the university and public school systems, government offices, and cultural practitioners in Alaska.

HONOLULU – As a precursor to the Hooilina Conference, Kamehameha Schools and the Polynesian Voyaging Society hosted Sealaska leaders on a day trip to Hawaii Island to revisit the past.