World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education

people lined up along beach

UH and community leaders await the arrival of the visitors aboard four canoes at Sans Souci Beach, at the welcoming ceremony for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.

Hundreds of people packed Sans Souci Beach in Waikīkī on May 19 for a welcoming ceremony for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education. I joined other UH and community leaders onshore to welcome four canoes that arrived onshore, carrying representatives of visiting educators.

More than 3,000 educators from around the world are gathering at the University of Hawaiʻi this week for the 2014 conference. These gatherings take place every three years, and this year, the University of Hawaiʻi is proud and honored to host the event at Kapiʻolani Community College.

UH is a model indigenous sharing university, so this is a fabulous opportunity to share what we have learned from others around the world. Participants will be attending various workshops, sharing their expert knowledge and discussing contemporary movements in education that support indigenous world views. The conference wraps up on Saturday.

group disembarking from canoes

Representatives of more than 3,000 visitors/participants of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference are warmly welcomed.

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group lined up on beach

UH and community leaders await the arrival of the visitors aboard four canoes at Sans Souci Beach, at the welcoming ceremony for the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.

Lui Hokoana, vice chancellor of student affairs at UH West O'ahu takes part in the kali'i ceremony at Sans Souci Beach at the kick off of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.

Lui Hokoana, vice chancellor of student affairs at UH West O’ahu takes part in the kali’i ceremony at Sans Souci Beach at the kick off of the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education.