Earth Works, Art and Music Tour
O'ahu, Hawai'i
12-22 September 2016

The Earth Works Tour is being organised in fulfillment of “Our Pact for Parks, People and the Planet” commitments from the IUCN World Parks Congress in 2014 and will take place following the IUCN World Conservation Congress. Watch the video below to learn more about Our Pact. It is inspired by Aloha ‘aina – love, care and respect for the Land – and Mālama ‘aina – caring and nurturing the Land so that it can continue to sustain Life for generations to come.

We’ll be taking on different ecological and biocultural actions on the Land and with the Waters at several locations—coastal (makai) and inland (mauka)— in O‘ahu, sharing and learning from each other, visiting some of the most beautiful parts of the island, co-creating and enjoying some really amazing art and music, and enjoying some delicious local fruits and healthy foods!

What to Expect

The Tour will start in East Honolulu before sliding into Waikiki, ascending Palehua and rocking the North Shore, then rooting deep with community in Kahana! We’ve been busy cooking up a tasty schedule that includes everything from environmental service to eco-conscious artistic expression and seaside yoga sessions. Oh, and dancing…lots of dancing! Join us in a movement towards regenerative action!!

Lyon Arboretum (Sept 12): Workshops on IUCN’s Red List and the Hawaiian Rare Plants Program, including Seed Conservation and Micropropagation Labs. Lunch will take place in an instructional kitchen, where we will learn about Food Security issues in places like Hawaii and cook up a meal with native foods and fruits sourced from the ethnobotanical gardens on-site. Then we spend the afternoon in the Hawaiian Ecosystem Restoration Site.

Hanauma Bay (Sept 14): Open with a cultural presentation and presentation on the evolution of conservation in Hawaii, to be followed with Earth Work time, learning how to do simple filtration of microplastics on the beach.  We will also collect plastics for an ecoart project afterwards. Lunch will include Q&A with a panel of local young professionals and scientists on New Generation issues and hot topics in environmental conservation. Afternoon workshops, arts and free time on the beach.  Bring your snorkel masks for some underwater magic!

Mālama Maunalua (Sept 15): Community huki (invasive algae pulling) at a site on Maunalua Bay, followed by lunch and workshop with local and visiting young professionals on approaches for reintroducing native species into areas where alien species have been removed.  After that, some friends from the Polynesian Voyaging Society will join us to talk story about the Worldwide Voyage of the Hokule’a and its Malama Honua mission, and the revival of traditional voyaging canoes throughout the Pacific.  We’ll end the afternoon with an informal get-together with members of the local canoe club, Hui Nalu O Hawai’i for some basic lessons in canoe paddling.

The ARTS at Marks Garage (Sept 12): This night we’ll open up the Earth Works Tour with The ARTS at Marks Garage.  We want to start this Tour out right with a big welcome, some nibbles, lots of new friends and some really cool art.  Let us know if YOU want to cater, DJ or perform at this event!

Hawai`i Nature Center (Sept 13):  Invasive plant removal, vine eradication, gardening and landscaping around the HNC classroom and teaching sites to get our hands dirty, then a leisurely short hike back into the valley to discover the fascinating life story of this often overlooked valley, tucked away in the mountains, just minutes from Waikiki. We’ll see Hawaiian sites, remnants of a 150 year-old farmstead and a variety of unique tropical plants. Later in the afternoon we’ll be joined by the Hawaii Museum of Arts School for a workshop on sit spot art journaling, collaborative painting and ebanners.

Camp Pālehua (Sept 16-17): Pālehua (also known as Akupu) is a 1,600 acre conservation and agriculture area located on the Western side of the island of O‘ahu and on the southern slope of the Wai‘anae mountains, near the Nanakuli nature reserve. It is one of the highest elevation points on O‘ahu and one of the only remaining places where endangered native Hawaiian species of snails, spiders and highland iliahi (Hawaiian sandalwood) live. To help protect native species, we will be removing invasive strawberry guava plants on the mountain. Then we spend the night celebrating! This evening will feature a Community Stone Soup (bring a soup ingredient and some dance moves), some really great speakers and epic music. You are invited to bunk with us at this community sleepover!! Pig pile!!

Shark’s Cove (Sept 17):  After a festive night and morning hike at Camp Pālehua, we will be making our way over to our next destination in windward O‘ahu via Shark’s Cove and other quintessential North Shore locations. We will grab lunch for the beach, where we will be joined by Jen Yagodich of Mālama Pupukea-Waimea and Keola Ryan with North Shore EcoTours.  Jen will speak to us on Marine Coastal Protection and Community Conservation in the Marine Life Conservation District and Keola will share perspectives on EcoTourism and Malama Aina.

Waimea Valley (Sept 18):  This day we hike the ridge to a native forest restoration site in “The Valley of the Priests,” where we will be amongst one of the most intact traditional land divisions (ahupua‘a) on the island and cultural practitioners who share its stories. We will join the morning protocol and learn local songs, the history of this sacred place and how to care for unique cultural sites like this from biocultural practitioners and kupuna of the Valley. There will be chanting, treeplanting and a waterfall involved.

Ahupuaʻa O Kahana State Park (Sept 19-22):  For four whole days we will be rooting in with the Hawaiian community of Kahana, where they will be hosting us in traditional biocultural work and cultural exchange. The park is a traditional Hawaiian ahupua‘a, which is a land division extending from the mountains to the sea and including everything needed for abundance and wellbeing. The Kahana Valley ahupua‘a extends from the top of the Koolau Mountains to sea level at Kahana Bay and encompasses more than 5,000 acres, including many archeological sites, heiau (sacred sites), fishponds, irrigation channels, and agricultural terraces.  It is considered a living park cared for by a community of resident Hawaiian families using traditional practices and values.  We’ll be camping at the park and working with the community, so get ready to learn and share from your own culture and teachings.

Uncle Nana’s Loi (Sept 19):  In the morning we will meet Aunty May Au (Mo’olelo of Kahana) at the Kahana Valley Visitor’s Center and tour the Kahana Native Plant Garden. Then we’ll head up Ma uka and work with the auwai (irrigation ditches) in Uncle Nana’s Lo‘i. In the afternoon we will kuʻi kalo (pound poi or taro) and ʻulu (breadfruit), clean lʻau leaves and make ʻulu pork lū‘au stew.  Traditional menu for the night is: Poi (ulu/kalo), Kalo ulu pa’a and Luau Stew, yumm….

Huilua Fishpond (Sept 20):  Huilua Fishpond in Kahana is one of the few surviving ancient Hawaiian fishponds that were still operational well into the 20th century. It is now a National Historic Landmark.  We will spend a day at the fishpond with Kahiau and Peleke.  In the afternoon we will clean donated fish and gathered ulu to make a fish and ulu fry or Hawaiian “fish & chips” for another delicious locally sourced dinner!

Hau‘ula Elementary School (Sept 21):  This day we will have the opportunity to offer a Career Show & Tell at Hau‘ula Elementary School. All of us will share about our own careers in Science, Conservation and Malama Aina, what inspired us and how we got into the work we do now. Maybe we will inspire a new generation of Earth Workers or more likely, they will remind and re-inspire us about the work that we do and love.

Polynesian Culture Center (Sept 21):  After a day with the keiki at Hau‘ula, we will journey over to the Polynesian Culture Center and spend some time in the village.  This evening we get to enjoy dinner and a show at the Center (HA Breath of Life).

Maunawila Heiau (Sept 22):  On our final day, marked by the Fall Equinox, we will have an extra special treat – a traditional ceremony at a Hau’ula community Heiau or sacred site.  Maunawila Heiau is considered a heiau ho’ōla (a healing heiau), so on this day we will be calling in healing for the Earth and healing for all Peoples.

Ko‘olau loa Hawaiian Civic Club (Sept 22): On our final night with the Kahana community, we will be hosted by the Ko‘olau loa Hawaiian Civic Club at the Hau‘ula Civic Center for a special dinner.  Joining us will be Mo’olelo – Dr. Tevita Kaili, Tina Aiu from HILT and Josh Noga – Awa.


We’re working day and night to weave a luscious line-up of artists for the Tour, so check back soon for more info! If you’re an artist and would like to get involved, please reach out to us!

Paul Izakj

PAUL IZAK was born and raised on the Hawaiian Islands and currently lives it up on the Island of Oahu. Paul has been discovering his own voice and unique sound as a singer/songwriter since 2004. During his first year of college, Paul began learning guitar and finding his own sound, which can best be described as a Folk, Blues, Rock, Reggae combination. This later led him to establishing a drum circle on Kailua Beach for three years. These drum circles allowed Paul to connect with the community through the freedom of unlimited creative expression weekly. Bringing together the community in a conscious way led to the monthly Yogarden Music Gatherings, an all ages, artistic/music event. Paul’s passion for yoga, gardening, and music set the foundation for these gatherings.

LUCIE LYNCH is a Singer-Songwriter with an angelic voice and wicked sense of humor.  Lucie weaves original music with colorful tales from Lucie’s road adventures. In Germany she studied theatre and musical at the Schauspielstudio (University of Performing Arts) in Hamburg, Germany. She wrote, produced & performed the one-woman musical called ‘Gabrielle’s Universe’ for several years throughout Germany (the story of a neurotic secretary who marries her typewriter in search of true love), before living as a Travelpoet, out of her backpack while traveling the world.  Lucie has opened for international cult band ‘Marillion’, is a regular at the Yogarden Music Festival on Oahu, and plays music with many of Hawaii’s most talented musicians.  Influenced by Joni Mitchell, Ben Harper, and Joan Baez, Lucie takes her audiences on a journey through a world filled with wry observation, laughter, and beautiful music.

Goddess Breath

GODDESS BREATH – The creative musings of Formless Self (Ryan) and Tortoise (Jeremy). Music seeded with the intention to honour the Divine Feminine, specifically our ailing Mother Earth. Humanity’s redemption may lie in our ability to take off our armour, and surrender to the love that already is. The vision of Goddess Breath is to usher in this evolution, and balance the collective through their offering of ethereal, transcendental hip hop.

NATURE FLOW – Nature Flow is a conscious poet and earthly based heart channel who utilizes the kriyation of spoken word and music to benefit all sentient beings.

With the essence of revolution carried in all his flowetry, he seeks to use the channel of hip-hop to liberate, awaken and guide others back to love, compassion and oneness with the earth. He is a born Bodhisattva that combines ancient spiritual understandings into all his musical creations. His previous projects have benefited Indigenous tribes in Peru, the tiger population in India and have striven to be in service to all that is.
Nature Flow
BLOOM (Robin Liepman) – Bloom is a bright budding beam of luminosity dedicated to dream-weaving, co-creating and pollinating a vibrant world that is thriving, just, sustainable, harmonious, and equitable.

Bloom is an earth activist musician and new paradigm pollinator. His soul’s purpose is to actively re-weave the dream of the modern world into a vibrant, harmonious, regenerative and equanimous existence.

Join the Tour

Calling all Earth Workers to join us in this Tour of Love for ‘Aina!!

The FaceBook Event Page is the best place to stay in the flow of all the latest Tour updates. It also offers the opportunity to connect with other Earth Workers:

Besides all your usual travel essentials and faves, you should definitely be sure to bring:

    1. Yourself…in all your amazing and beautiful glory!  Everywhere you’ve come from, all the great wisdom you’ve learned along the way, the incredible enviro-skills and best dance moves you’ve picked up, and everything else you’d like to share.  We invite all participants to consider offering a workshop or small talk at some point during the Earth Works Tour.  So SHOW UP and let us know what you’d like to offer!
    2. A tent and all your sleeping gear.  We will be camping almost the entire time, so if you are planning to stay with us, bring a tent with rainfly, maybe even a tarp, a sleeping bag and sleeping pad/mat.  If you do not have any of this gear, try to borrow from friends or let us know when you sign up and we can point you in a few directions for gear rental.  
    3. A good pair of work shoes and clothes.  We will be getting down and dirty, so bring some clothes and shoes (close-toed) that can handle it.  There will also be a few hikes here and there, so bring shoes that are good for walking.
    4. Rain jacket or poncho. It’s a sub-tropical island, there will probably be rain at some point.  Come prepared.
    5. Bathing suit(s) and beach gear.  There will be lots of beach time and some really nice ocean.  So bring a bathing suit and anything else you’d like to have on the beach.  Surfboards, SUPs, snorkeling mask with snorkel and fins will be available for rental at some locations.
    6. Mess kit, including a bowl/pot with lid (to eat out of and/or store food in), cup/mug and/or water bottle, and eating utensils (i.e., knife, spoon, fork, chopsticks).  We will NOT be providing disposable cutlery, bowls or plates.  Please provide your own.  If you did not bring anything with you, try to salvage something reusable that would have been disposed of at the Congress, borrow from friends, or scavenge thrift stores.  P.S. handkerchiefs or cloths make great napkins or tissue paper replacements.
    7. A spirit of aloha and openness.  We expect all of you are big-hearted and compassionate people, and that you are looking forward to coming together and working hard, sharing and learning as much as possible, and giving all we can to the Land, Waters and People that will be hosting us.

All participants are expected to be open to meeting others from different walks of life, cultural traditions, language proficiencies, gender orientations and so on.  These are the qualities that make us diverse and as environmentalists, we all know that in diversity is resilience, strength and survival.  We will hold a number of morning circles and other times for sharing and during these respectful gatherings, we expect that everyone will feel welcome to speak and to share and that they will be listened to with respect and acceptance.  If you feel you need a moment of solitude or someone to hear you out on something, ask for it.  Non-violent communication is a powerful tool, let’s use it!  We expect all participants to speak their truth at all times, including needs, wants, joys, boundaries, challenges and delights etc. and to respect others’ right to do the same.

You may also want to bring something to share or gift from your home country.  Many of us will be coming from different places and that’s always a fun opportunity to share a little offering from our home lands.  We will also be spending a number of days with the native Hawaiian community of Kahana.  Many members of that community will be donating time, resources and energy, and sharing the abundance and teachings of their lands.  Please think of something that you can share as well from your own culture and lands (e.g., a song, a prayer, a story, a dance, etc.).

Will you be joining us?

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Get Involved

We are still lining up venues, artists and music, accommodations, transportation and meals, so please let us know if you can contribute in any of these fronts! The sites and activities that are coming together so far are looking REALLY GOOD, so we hope that you’ll stay and travel with us in this super fun and meaningful way!


Intercultural Integrity

Last, but not least, we encourage you to be a responsible guest when visiting Hawaii and a shining cultural ambassador within our cosmopolitan group of Earth Workers.  These are some resources on Hawaii that might come in handy as you prepare for this journey.  The listing of these resources is not to prioritize them over others, they are just the ones that have come our way.  You are also invited to share your own resources and information to the Facebook Event Page so that we may all learn together.

Ethics for Visiting Sacred Places: Remember, ALL Land is Sacred.  This protocol of ethics for visiting sacred places is put together by the Sacred Lands Film Project.  They will be with us at the IUCN Congress, so keep your eye out for the WCPA CSVPA and Sacred Land Films events.

Readings: These books might help you understand the socio-political context that we are all about to engage with.  They have come recommended by some of our local contacts.

Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen: The Hawaiian kingdom’s last monarch wrote her biography in 1897, the year before the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands by the United States. Her story covers six decades of island history told from the viewpoint of a major historical figure.

From A Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii.

Light in the Crevasse Never Seen: This book of poetry provides insight into Hawaiian politics, views and cultural/social contexts. It is considered the first book by a Native Hawaiian to be published in the US.

The Legend of Kamapua’a:  This is just one version of this story that has been passed orally for generations.

Videos: For the visual learners….

Hawaii’s Last Queen (Documentary): On January 16, 1893, four boatloads of United States Marines armed with Gatling guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition came ashore in Honolulu, capital of the independent Kingdom of Hawaii. As the Royal Hawaiian band played a concert at the Hawaiian Hotel, 162 troops marched through the streets of Honolulu, heading for the palace. The Queen of Hawaii, Lili’uokalani, looked down from her balcony as the troops took up their positions. The following day, she surrendered at gunpoint, yielding her throne to the government of the United States. A provisional government led by wealthy white sugar growers assumed control of Hawaii and petitioned the US for annexation.

Kumu Haunani-Kay Trask:  For some perspective on Hawaiian identity and Hawaiian land. Facebook page.

Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina (“The Eyes of the Land”) is an independent video production team that focuses on the land and the people of Hawai’i and the Pacific. Documenting traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture, politics, history, language and the environment, they are committed to giving voice to the current movement toward Hawaiian independence and sovereignty. Highly recommend checking out the video links under the topics of History and Sovereignty, Environment, Spirit of the Land and Hawaiian Language.

Islands of Sanctuary (Sacred Land Film Project): Native Hawaiians renew culture and spirituality as they lovingly restore the island of Kanaloa Kaho`olawe after 50 years of military use as a weapons testing range. Won back after decades of occupation, organizing, education, and lawsuits, the island is now a Hawaiian cultural preserve. Of national and international significance, the inspired cultural and environmental renaissance of Kaho`olawe is a metaphor for the earth itself: a beautiful land of limited resources, damaged by violence and poor stewardship, but starting to heal under the guidance of indigenous people following traditional ways.

May we all come in understanding, respectful of the Lands, Waters and People that will be hosting us.

Support the Tour

We thank you from the breadth and depths of our hearts for donating to Earth Works and making it possible for us to give in our own beautiful way to the lands and seas that will be hosting us and the IUCN Congress in O‘ahu!

World Conservation Congress 2016

Held once every four years, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges.

As thousands of people gather from around the world to share the latest in nature conservation and to discuss goals and actions, we want to capitalize on this incredible opportunity to be together and on the power of our collective energy to give back to the land and seas that will host us during those weeks. Earth Works is a series of open events, inviting IUCN Congress participants to stay and connect with the island and its inhabitants (two-legged, four-legged, finned, winged, elemental or leafy) in meaningful ways, as well as to invite Earth Workers from across the islands and around the world who feel called to get their hands dirty and have a lot of fun!

Thank you to Justin Totemical for the use of his gorgeous artwork (
Thank you to Justin Totemical for the use of his gorgeous artwork (

IUCN Congress Resources

For those who wish to participate in the IUCN World Conservation Congress, check out these additional resources and amazing opportunities! IUCN Congress 2016 Website.

Young People at the IUCN Congress FaceBook Group: This is open to all ages who support a new generation of conservation conferencing!

IUCN Congress Hawaii 2016 Travel Share Group: Lots of great info and resources on everything from funding opportunities to budget lodging and networking events.

WCPA YP Network – Info for IUCN Congress Participants: Everything from volunteering to flight discounts, budget accommodations, events for young people pre-, during and post-Congress, and what you might want to know before visiting Hawaii.  Check it out and share it around!

Info Packet for Young Leaders Attending the IUCN Congress: Includes great resources like discount codes for airfare and tons of events oriented towards young people, both before and during the Congress!

Volunteer for a free pass to the IUCN Congress: Psssst!!! Guess what?! You might be able to sign up to volunteer in advance of the IUCN Congress and have the whole IUCN Congress to explore!!