x = independently organized TED event

Theme: New Old Wisdom

This event occurred on
October 5, 2012
8:00am - 5:00pm HST
(UTC -10hrs)
Honolulu, HI
United States

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

Keoni Auditorium
Hawai'i Imin International Conference Center
1777 East West Road
Honolulu, HI, 96848
United States
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

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

Organizing team


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