x = independently organized TED event

Theme: New Old Wisdom

Honolulu, HI, United States
October 5th, 2012

About this event

On October 5, 2012, TEDxMānoa is coming to the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa Library. The purpose of this independently organized event, licensed by TED, is to focus on native ingenuity, knowledge and wisdom for solutions for 21st century issues in Hawai‘i. By applying traditional knowledge as part of the solution for issues such as sustainability, a new purpose is given to old wisdom to solve current issues [NOW = new old wisdom]. Mānoa is the perfect location for this event because of the wealth of learning and knowledge in the valley. It is also a gathering place to exchange ideas. We have obtained a TEDx license and have booked the East West Center’s Imin Center, Keoni Auditorium for the all-day event (see EWC Campus Map).
TEDxMānoa will provide inspirational talks by native speakers and networking opportunities for the community. There is a wealth of traditional knowledge and practices that inform daily life in Hawai‘i which are ideas worthy of being spread. The TEDxMānoa event is conceived around the concept of New Old Wisdom [NOW]. We want to highlight the innovative ways that organizations in the community are applying traditional wisdom in new contexts to solve problems and improve sustainability in Hawaiʻi’s. The event will feature presentations by native speakers using a comfort model of family, hui and hālau to stress the importance of collaborative/communal/ ancestral ‘ike and mana‘o. We will include geographic representation from across the pae ‘aina, and offer speakers a chance to give their talk in ‘olelo Hawai‘i. The talks will be filmed and uploaded to the TEDx YouTube Channel for open access viewing (with English subtitles for Hawaiian language presentations).

In addition to the presentations, the event will provide the opportunity for participants and speakers to network with each other at the Resource Fair outside of the Keoni Auditorium on the Lanai of the East West’s Imin Center. Community organizations will be invited to set up a booth to disseminate information about their programs and services for the community. We encourage organizations to publicize internships, collaborative initiatives, community programs, and service learning positions for high school and college students.

TEDxMānoa is supported in part by a 'Ahahui Grant from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

For more information on the TEDxMānoa event, please contact Teri Skillman at (808) 956-8688 or email

Tickets may be purchased at Native Books in Ward Warehouse, phone: (808) 596-8885. General Admission $25/Students with current ID $20

Confirmed Speakers

  • Manu Boyd
    Kumu Hula, Recording Artist & Cultural Director at the Royal Hawaiian Center at Helumoa
  • Rick Barboza & Kapalikū Schirman
    Hui Ku Maoli Ola, Hawaiian Plant Specialists
  • Lisette Flanary
    UHM Academy of Creative Media
  • Noelle Kahanau & Vicky Takamine
    Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum & Pa’i Foundation
  • Pualani Kanahele & Kekuhi Kanahele-Frias
    Kumu Hula, Edith Kanaka’ole Foundation
  • Brandy McDougall
    Hawaiian Poet, UHM American Studies
  • Wai’ale’ale Sarsona
    Hoʻolako Like, Kamehameha Schools
  • Puakea Nogelmeier & Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit
    'Ike Kuokoa, Hawaiian Language Newspaper Project
  • Kealoha Wong
    Hawai’i Slam Poetry, Poet Laureate
  • Brandon Ledward
    'Aina-based Education, Kamehameha Schools
  • Na'alehu Anthony
    'Oiwi TV, Paliku Documentary Films, Hokule‘a Captain
  • Aaron Sala
    Musician, Na Hoku Hanohano Awardee
  • 'Umi Perkins
  • Mahinapoepoe Paishon-Duarte
    Principal, Halau Ku Mana Charter School and Founder, Paepae o He'eia
  • Al Lagunero
    Painter, kahuna, Olowalu Cultural Reserve
  • Maile & Meleana Meyer
    Hawai'i Kākou Community Mural
  • Amy Kalili
    TEDxManoa Emcee, Punana Leo

Venue and Details

Keoni Auditorium
Hawai'i Imin International Conference Center
1777 East West Road
Honolulu, HI, 96848
United States
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Teri Skillman
Honolulu, HI, United States

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Meleana Meyer
Maile Meyer
Native Books/Na Mea Hawai'i
Keoni Lee
Amy Kalili
Master of Ceremonies
Erenst Anip
Social Media
Bryson Hoe

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