Kia’i Up: The Rise of Empowered Youth with Mikilani Young

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Hear Kumu Mikilani Young from United Pillars of Aloha [http://www.unitedpoa.com/] & her student, Kayla Session, discuss the momentum and ultimate purpose behind the current generation of youth rising up to protect Sacred Places, mountains, waters and indigenous lifeways.

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A Native Hawaiian, born and raised in Hawai’i, Kumu Mikilani has taught Hula and chanting classes for twenty years and is the founder of United Pillars of Aloha, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating people worldwide about Mauna Kea — the need to protect it and all Sacred Places for future generations. She educates and empowers youth to become prayerful Kiai’i (kee-Ah-ee) or protectors, who dignify the practice of Kapu Aloha, hula and oli (traditional chanting). Through these practices youth are encouraged to engage the world as prayerful warriors and indomitable pillars upon which the future will stand.

Kayla Session is 10 years old and lives on Luiseño Territory of Southern California. Currently being trained in Hawaiian Traditions, Kayla is learning to appropriately honor and protect that which the creator, gods, ancient ones, and ancestors have left her.

STORY: The Power of Youth-Led Activism: Inspiring Change and Building Community

Interview by Carry Kim
Hosted by Jessica Aldridge
Engineer: Blake Lampkin
Executive Producer: Jack Eidt
Show Created by Mark and JP Morris
Music: Javier Kadry
Episode 70

Updated 2 August 2020

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About Jack Eidt

Novelist, urban theorist and designer, and environmental journalist, Jack Eidt careens down human-nature's all consuming one-way highway to its inevitable conclusion -- Wilder Utopia. He co-founded Wild Heritage Partners, based out of Los Angeles, California. He can be reached at jack (dot) eidt (at) wilderutopia (dot) com. Follow him on Twitter @WilderUtopia and @JackEidt