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
Updated 2 August 2020