UHM students hail from varying backgrounds, experiences, academic pathways, and childhood aspirations. What they have in common is a desire to find their purpose and sense of responsibility beyond themselves. And in the process, they are creating, inventing, and changing the way they see and interact with our world.
Finding Our Kuleana is a new collection of video stories in which four UHM students impart their personal narratives – and the first student to be featured is CTAHR’s own Kahealani Acosta.
“It's been a great privilege to share this journey of discovering my passion and purpose with CTAHR and the UH ʻohana!“ says the grad student in the Dept. of Tropical Plant & Soil Sciences. The theme of her story, “Connecting to Purpose and Identity – Sustainable Food Systems,” is beautifully told in this three-minute, must-see Video.
As the title suggests, Kahealani connects to her Native Hawaiian identity with purpose, exploring ways to heal our food systems by producing foods from Hawai‘i through organic and regenerative practices. As a farmer, she nourishes people with food, but also with knowledge to reconnect people to the idea of aloha ‘āina.
“Kahealani brings a lot of light and joy to our college, and we are all excited to see where this journey takes her,” says Tai Maaz of TPSS.
“Kahea is truly a shining star!” adds Jennel Sesoko of the UHM Provost’s Office. “It has been an honor to work with Kahea and showcase the UHM-azing work taking place within CTAHR. We couldn’t have done this without the great work of Johnathan Walk from 1001 Stories. It takes a village! Mahalo for the support and partnership from the very start of this journey.”
Finding Our Kuleana is part of UHM’s “Our Kuleana to Hawaiʻi and the World” strategic plan to reimagine how the general public connects and relates with university. It is through the unique, personal, real-life stories and experiences from students, faculty, staff, and alumni that the video series will illustrate and showcase these goals in an intimate and emotionally-captivating way.