Conservation Council is turning 71 and we are celebrating our 50th anniversary as Hawaii's affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation!
As we gather to celebrate 7 decades of being the voice for Hawaii's Wildlife, we are excited for a fun filled evening with our members, partners and supporters!
Our evening will kick off with a culinary excursion led by Mana & Pua pairing wine and pupu's from across the state accompanied by music from Hanale Bishop beside the fish pond.
Kumu Hula James Dela Cruz will then welcome all and bless the evening with oli and performance of Hula Hālau Na 'Ōpio a Me Nā Kūpuna o Ko'olau.
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As we enjoy a scrumptious dinner under the stars, Keynote Collin O'Mara - CEO of NWF will take the stage, we will enjoy a trailer for Laurie Sumiye's upcoming movie about Palila, Claire Maher and the Birds Not Mosquitos team will unveil the campaigns art work, and we will honor this year awardees including the very first Marjorie Ziegler Legacy in Conservation Award which we are very pleased to announce will be going to Charles "Doc" Burrows, as our dinner program winds down, we will welcome Makana, Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist to immerse us in his musical talents and insightful rhetoric. Throughout the evening our silent auction will be shaking in the pavilion! Bid your way to a Two (2) Night Stay in an Oceanview room at the Kahala Hotel, or pick up a pair of black onyx earrings for your wife, mother, daughter or aunty, there is something for everyone!
Collin O'Mara serves as President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, America's largest wildlife conservation organization with 53 state and territorial affiliates and nearly six million hunters, anglers, birders, gardeners, hikers, paddlers, and wildlife enthusiasts.
Laurie Sumiye is an environmental artist and storyteller whose work about Hawaiian endangered species explores the interconnectedness of place, humans and nature. Her cross-disciplinary practice spans video, animation, drawing, painting, installation and immersive media. She has exhibited her art in New York, Los Angeles, Hawai‘i and internationally, in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, and screened her award-winning films at DOCNYC, BAMcinemaFest and PS1MoMA.
Claire Maher - Claire Maher is an artist living and working on the island of Oahu. She is focused on documenting the natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands, especially the endemic and indigenous flora and fauna.
Dr. Burrows was a science educator at the Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate. He received his B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Linfield College in 1958, a M.Ed. and M.S. in Biology and Earth Sciences in 1962 and 1966 from Oregon State University. In 1973, Chuck received his Doctorate in Education majoring in Instructional Development and Research and Educational Change from Indiana University. He is the author of articles in Mastery Learning and Hawaiian Conservation Values and Practices. In his years of teaching at KSBE, he conducted numerous Hawaiian Natural and Cultural History Field Studies with his students on each of the main islands in Hawaii. He has also taken students on archaeology field studies to the American Southwest and Russia and on other science research trips to the Cook Islands, Alaska, New Zealand, Tahiti and Easter Island. He has served on executive boards of the Hawaii Science Teachers Association and the Sierra Club High School Hikers Program. He is a co-founder of Ahahui Malama Ika Lokahi, an organization of Native Hawaiians for the Protection and Conservation of Hawaii’s Ecosystems.
Makana began singing when he was seven years old, took up 'ukulele at nine and began learning the indigenous art of slack key guitar at eleven. A protégé of slack key guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth. Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form of slack key guitar. From this tradition, Makana has evolved his own dynamic style, coined "Slack Rock": slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga.
Space is limited so get your ticket today! We look forward to spending the evening with you!