"...I can only offer you one pathway of decision framing and making: Aloha, as articulated and lived by Aunty Pilahi Paki is not one thing but is a process and layered reality and is itself A Way of being, of seeing, of doing...
The seeds of CREA-HI were planted at the 2013 CREA International conference in Chicago. Upon returning home, an ad-hoc group of attendees from Hawai‘i met intermittently in the ensuing years.
In 2016, the group coalesced to formally apply as a chapter through CREA International. At the Chicago conference that year, a reception was held for 50 Hawai‘i attendees. Since then, several community gatherings, or "Hana Hou" convenings around O‘ahu have fostered learning and sharing amongst the Hawai‘i CREA community at-large.
At two strategic planning meetings in 2017, the CREA-HI steering committee decided to support and hold convenings that promote CREA and also demonstrate aloha-based CREA practices through collaboration and potential pilot projects.
The Evaluation with Aloha framework was published in 2019, and in 2020 CREA-HI seeks the share more with the community at large
First Cultural Evaluation Hui Meeting
Intermittent and recurring "Cultural Evaluation Hui" Meetings hosted at Consuelo Foundation
"Cultural Evaluation Hui" applies for formal
CREA-HI status as a CREA International affiliate and meets monthly at Consuelo Foundation
CREA-HI Chapter and Consuelo Foundation
host a reception at the CREA International
conference in Chicago
Manu Meyer, Shawn Kana‘iaupuni and
Kathy Tibbetts host the "CREA Hana Hou"
gathering at University of Hawaii‘i West O‘ahu
2nd "CREA Hana Hou" hosted at Kōkua Kalihi
Valley's Ho‘oulu ‘Āina
May and June 2017
CREA-HI Steering Committee Retreat to solidify
strategic actions and mission
1st Kūkulu Kumuhana convening established 6 dimensions of Native Hawaiian wellbeing
3rd "CREA Hana Hou" gathering at Kānewai
CREA-HI hui drafts the Aloha Evaluation Framework
2nd Kūkulu Kumuhana convening at Bishop Museum explores the wellbeing dimensions in practice
CREA-HI hui publishes the Aloha Evaluation Framework & shares at conferences
First CREA track at H-PEA conference
3rd Kūkulu Kumuhana Collider event brings together local practitioners to share on the ground implementation
Second CREA track at H-PEA conference
4th Kūkulu Kumuhana gathering at Kaiwakīloumoku launches "micro-collaborations" with community organizations to pilot local implementation
Fourth CREA track ar H-PEA conference
CREA-HI guest authors a week of blog posts for
the American Evaluation Association
Native Hawaiian Data Sovereignty statement published
CREA-HI dissolves their conference track at H-PEA due to an overwhelming amount of CREA presentations and co-chairs the conference
...To remind us: We must act with/in:
Akahai: kindness, to act and to speak
Lōkahi: unity, to bring about harmony
in spite of differences
‘Olu‘olu: pleasantness, internal
Ha‘aha‘a: modesty, humility, openness
Ahonui: patience, waiting for the ripe
moment – to persevere...
...Make no mistake: Aloha is hard to do, to achieve, to internalize, to practice every day with each interaction. Aloha is my way of prayer, my challenge, my practice, my Way."
-Aunty Puanani Burgess
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Aunty Puanani Burgess
Aunty VerlieAnn Malina-Wright
Cheryl Ka‘uhane Lupenui