Posts filed under ‘Public Lecture’

World Wetlands Day Feb. 8, 2014 – at Kailua United Methodist Church

Save Saturday Feb. 8, 2014 from 9 am to 1:30 pm for learning about Kawainui Marsh and how it relates to its past and present agricultural use. Go on tours, attend the round table discussion, enjoy the entertainment, and just have some fun. Free, public welcome to attend.

Contact Ahahui for bus tour reservations led by Doc Burrows and Paul Brennan. 263-8008 or

Click on the two items below to get all the details:

2014 WWD_Schedule&Tours

2014 WWD flyer



January 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm Leave a comment

You are invited to learn about the Kauhale planned by the Kailua Native Hawaiian Community on Jan. 10, 2014

You are invited to learn about the Kauhale (group of buildings) planned by the Kailua Native Hawaiian Community on Jan. 10th, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Le Jardin Academy.

Click on the link below for the informational flyer. We hope to see you there. 

C. Lehuakona Isaacs, Jr., President

Ahahui Malama i ka Lokahi


January 7, 2014 at 2:07 am Leave a comment

See the New Free Film on Hawai‘i Explorer – Botanist Joseph Rock (1884-1962): A Founder in Island Natural History and Yunnan China Culture Studies

New Film on Hawai‘i Explorer- Botanist Joseph Rock (1884-1962):

A Founder in Island Natural History and Yunnan China Culture Studies

‘Ahahui Mälama I Ka Lökahi, Sierra Club – Oahu Group and Windward Community College

will screen a recent 52-minute film on the life of Joseph Rock, the “Father

of Hawaiian botany”, who went on to become internationally recognized for his

explorations in China. The free film showing of A King in China: The Life of Joseph

Francis Rock will be introduced by several heirs of the Pohaku legacy on Friday, April

26, at 6:00 p.m. in Akoakoa 103, Windward Community College.

These will include Sam ‘Ohukani’ōhi’a Gon & Steven

Lee Montgomery. Producer Paul Harris of “People and Places” will send a message from


The 2013 showing coincides with the 100th anniversary of a foundational book on

Hawaiian plant life, Rock’s 1913 The Indigenous Trees of the Hawaiian

Islands, republished by National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) in 1974.

A largely self-taught scholar and explorer, Rock has many Hawaiian species named for

him, including endemic lobelias and asters. His other books covered sandalwoods,

ornamentals and leguminous trees, plus complete reviews of loulu palms, öhi’a lehua,

lobeliads and tree cottons. In the 1920s, Rock traveled to Southeast Asia for the U.S.

Department of Agriculture to collect plants used in treating Hansen’s disease. He is

most known for expeditions led for the National Geographic Society and Harvard in

Chinese and Tibetan border regions, documenting Natural History, then culture and

language of the Naxi people in Yunnan province. He continued work in Asia into the

1950, and then back to Hawai‘i, where he died in 1962.

National Tropical Botanical Garden Director, Chipper Wichman, says “the story of

Rock’s explorations in China is so fantastic it is hard to comprehend in the context of

our modern society. Everyone in Hawaii should know that this internationally

celebrated explorer got his start right here in the Islands, where he taught himself not

only botany but also photography.” This earned him much space in National

Geographic Magazine.

An early enthusiastic backer was former Governor George R. Carter, who shared a

desire “to give the public a volume on the native trees of Hawaii, giving popular as

well as technical descriptions of the trees peculiar to Hawaiian soil.” It gives details of

all the floral regions embracing the whole plant covering. Rock essentially adopted the

earth’s most distinctive flora, and shined such a revealing and reverent light upon an

archipelago so isolated from all continents that his works became durable foundations

and inspirations. He advised the Marks family on building a superb Botanical Library,

now in use at Kauai’s NTBG.

Partnerships are expanding to tell his story to share his scholarly and ecological ethics

to benefit Hawaii’s environment. To celebrate “The Indigenous Trees of the Hawaiian

Islands” (issued June 26, 1913) the first of Rock’s six books, a symposium, expanded

film, book and photo exhibition are planned on this classic explorer- plant hunter,

who arrived in Honolulu in 1905. He became Territorial Botanist, worked in Burma,

lived 27 years in western China collecting plants, birds, photographs and filming for

USDA, National Geographic Society, and Harvard University’s Arboretum. Paul Harris

will film an extension of his documentary, “A King in China,” with new material on

Hawaii’s indigenous forests. A Harris book is planned about the Austrian-American

botanist and ethnologist, with 250 photographs and writings from National Geographic

and diaries from formative years in Vienna and Hawaii, to life in China, closing with

pioneering work on the beautiful pictographic script of the Naxi people.

For information on the co-host institutions, visit websites

Contact: Steven Lee Montgomery, Ph. D., Board Member; ‘Ahahui Mälama I Ka Lökahi

(808) 676-4974 cell 342 6244


‘Ahahui Mälama I Ka Lökahi

Hawaiians for the Conservation of Native Ecosystems

P.O. Box 720

Kailua, HI 96734”


April 24, 2013 at 2:10 am 2 comments

‘Ahahui general meeting and lecture presentation by Dr. Sam `Ohu Gon III

Aloha kakou,

You are invited to attend the ‘Ahahui general meeting and lecture presentation by Dr. Sam `Ohu Gon III at the Kailua Faith Baptist Church on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Learn about ‘Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi, its programs and projects and meet fellow members, volunteers and others interested in learning more about Hawaii’s environment and cultural practices. Faith Baptist Church is just mauka of the Windward YMCA.

Dr. Sam `Ohu Gon III will be talking about the relationship of Hawaiians to the ‘aina, called,

“Aloha mai au I ku‘u ‘aina – The aloha I have for my beloved land.”

The public is invited to attend this free meeting and lecture. For further information contact Ka‘imi Scudder at 263-8008, or

For updates, see the ‘Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi blog at:


Ka‘imi Scudder



Our Guest Speaker:


Dr. Samuel M. ‘Ohukani‘ōhi‘a Gon, III
Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor
The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i

Part of the Conservancy staff for over 24 years, Sam has brought his expertise to the organization in a variety of capacities. As the Ecologist for the Hawai‘i Natural Heritage Program of The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i from 1986 – 1999, he conducted biological inventories and produced biological reports and management recommendations for The Conservancy, our partner federal, state, and local agencies, and for private organizations. As the coordinator for the Hawai‘i Natural Heritage Program from 1992 to 1994, Sam managed a staff of 15 and an annual budget of over $1 million. As Director of Science he guided the science behind the vision and operations of The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i. In his current role as Senior Scientist and Cultural Advisor, Sam maintains his science guidance, and adds his cultural expertise to enhance the mission of The Conservancy.

Sam has over 30 years of experience in Hawaiian ecology. This experience includes biological inventories and research, field ecology, entomology, arachnology, ethology, natural community classification, ecological modeling, and biological database management. He also is versed in Hawaiian culture, history, and language. Sam is instrumental in many facets of the Conservancy’s work. His knowledge of Hawaiian culture and history are an important asset when working with local communities. He has applied his island conservation expertise in cooperative projects and workshops in the Galapagos Islands, the Philippines, Pohnpei, Palau, Jamaica, Okinawa, Amazonia, and Rapanui. As an excellent public speaker, Sam often lends his knowledge to conservation agencies, educational institutions, community groups, donors, and important visitors.

Sam is an active member of The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i and an Advisory Committee member for the ‘Ōhi‘a Project (Hawaiian natural history curriculum development). Additionally, he serves as a Hawaiian natural history and culture consultant for the Moanalua Gardens Foundation (and its evolving status in the Papahana Kuaola Hawaiian Education Center), sits on the steering committee of the ‘Ahahui Mālama i ka Lōkahi (Hawaiians for the preservation of native ecosystems), and on the Restoration Advisory Group for the Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission. He has served on panels of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs on the topic of traditional management of natural resources, and sits on the Hawaiian leadership committee advising the Hawai‘i Life Sciences Consortium. Sam serves on the Board of Trustees for the Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program (NHCAP), the Bishop Museum Association Council, and as an at-large member of the Hawai‘i State Board of Land and Natural Resources.

For over 12 years Sam studied oli (traditional Hawaiian chant) and hula with Kumu John Keolamaka‘āinana Lake, a master of Hawaiian religion and cultural protocols; training that culminated in his ‘uniki (traditional rite of passage) in February 2003 as a kahuna kākalaleo, practitioner of Hawaiian chant and protocol. In that capacity he serves as a Kahuna Pule (prayer master) at the heiau (temple) of Puʻu Koholā at Kawaihae, Island of Hawaiʻi as part of Nā Waʻa Lālani Kāhuna o Puʻu Koholā. Kumu Lake, before his passing, gave Sam the kuleana (responsibility) to continue teaching oli for the hālau (traditional learning group) on Oʻahu, a heavy but joyful responsibility. Sam strives to blend the richness of unique Hawaiian ecosystems with the equally rich culture that developed here.

Sam received his bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He then went on to receive his masters in Zoology and doctorate in Animal Behavior at the University of California, Davis. He holds an affiliate faculty post with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai‘i.


November 9, 2011 at 1:50 am Leave a comment

Public Lecture: “Glimpses of Primeval Kailua,” by Dr. John Culliney April 2, 2010

Title: “Glimpses of Primeval Kailua: Landscapes, Plants and Wildlife Before Humans Arrived.”

Dr. John Culliney, professor of biology at Hawaii Pacific University and contributing author of the natural history of Kawainui in the recent published book Kailua will give a lecture presentation “Glimpses of Primeval Kailua: Landscapes, Plants, and Wildlife Before Humans Arrived”, on Friday April 2nd from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Faith Baptist Church on 1230 Kailua Rd. next to the Windward YMCA.

The next day Saturday April 3rd from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Rick Barboza co-owner of the native plant nursery Hui Ku Maoli Ola, will conduct a tour of the botanical plant restoration sites in Kawainui Marsh.  Site visits will be at Ulupo Heiau, Na Pohaku o Hauwahine, Kawainui Park and ending at the Hui Ku Maoli Ola nursery in Haiku Valley.

The botanical lecture and tour are sponsored by Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi and the Kailua Hawaiian Civic Club.  A donation fee of $10 for the tour is requested.  Tour reservations will be limited to 30 persons. Please call Ahahui Malama I ka Lokahi at 263-8008 or send an email to <> to attend the lecture and to sign up for the plant tour.

March 27, 2010 at 3:42 am Leave a comment