Manulani Aluli Meyer (Manu) is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer. Her family hails from Mokapu, Kailua, Kamamalu, Wailuku, Hilo and Kohala on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Moku o Keawe.
The Aluli ohana (family) is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists who have spent their lives in Hawaiian education, justice, land reclamation, law, health, cultural revitalization, arts education, prison reform, transformational economics, food sovereignty, Hawaiian philosophy and most of all, music.
Dr. Aluli Meyer works in the field of indigenous epistemology (philosophy of knowledge) and its role in world-wide awakening. She obtained her doctorate from Harvard (Ed.D. 1998) by studying Hawaiian epistemology via language, history, and the clear insights of beloved Hawaiian mentors. She is an international keynote speaker who has published on the topic of native intelligence and its synergistic linkages to post-quantum sciences, simultaneity, spirituality, whole thinking, and to liberating evaluation and reflective pedagogy.
Her book: Ho'oulu: Our Time of Becoming Hawaiian Epistemology and Early Writings
, is in its third printing. Manu's background is in wilderness education and experiential learning within cultural settings. She has been an Instructor for Outward Bound and Hawaii Bound schools, along with coaching at high school and national levels in volleyball, track/field, and Special Olympics.
Dr. Aluli Meyer championed the Hawaiian Charter School movement, worked within the prisons, and developed Hoea Ea and Kaiao Garden
for the Hawaii Island Food Sovereignty movement.
Manulani has been an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Hawaii in Hilo and host to many creative community transformational education projects within/outside UH Hilo for 25+ years. She is an evaluator of international Indigenous PhD's and finds much connection with the healing insights of other indigenous scholar-practitioners. She lived five years in New Zealand working at Te Wnanga o Aotearoa as lead developer/teacher for an innovative Masters of Applied Indigenous Knowledge, He Waka Hiringa.
Manulani will be featured in the film Ho Mai Ka Pono
scheduled to be released in 2018.
She is currently the Konohiki (facilitator) of Kulana o Kapolei, a Hawaiian Place of Learning, at UH West Oahu supported by the Hawaii Papa O Ke Ao initiative. Kulana o Kapolei is developed to "invite willingness" and thus to inspire ike kupuna (know one's ancestors) initiatives that deepen ike aina (knowing the land), mo'olelo (history/legend), auamo kuleana (responsibility), and aina aloha (love of land) practices already underway in and throughout West Oahu, Ka Pae Aina o Hawaii, and Moana-nui-akea. Manu has been a practitioner of ho'oponopono (Hawaiian healing practice to deal with disruption in relationships) for that past 30 years.
Five Questions with Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer
What Makes You Come Alive?
Beauty educates me. I grew up and am nourished by the outside world. I am dedicated to my own healing so I can be of service to others. I make lei hala, shape stones into spheres and enjoy the kahawai, stream of Nuuanu on the island of Oahu.
Pivotal turning point in your life?
1978 when I blew out my knee playing volleyball at UCSB. What would I do without sports? 1998 when I graduated from Harvard (Ed.D) because of Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence.2005 when I went to Aotearoa (NZ) for a one-year sabbatical2007 when my mother died. 2011 when I married my beloved Ngahiraka
An Act of Kindness You'll Never Forget?
My sisters - Mele, Maile, Moana, Luana - coming to support our Hawaiian Leadership Program, Food Sovereignty gatherings with youth, Hawaiian Charter School movement, and whatever it was. My sisters are all rocks.
One Thing On Your Bucket List?
Affordable and beautiful housing for my people of Hawaii.
One-line Message for the World?
Ulu a'e ke welina a ke aloha. Loving is the practice of an awake mind.