m. kalani souza

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Rev. M. Kalani Souza

Kalani is a gifted storyteller, singer, songwriter, musician, performer, poet, philosopher, priest, political satirist, and peacemaker. A Hawaiian practitioner and cross-cultural facilitator, he has experience in promoting social justice through conflict resolution. His workshops and lectures inspire, challenge and entertain the listener while calling all to be their greater selves.

His native roots allow him a unique perspective of the collision of two worlds: one steeped in traditional culture and the other a juggernaut of new morality and changing economic and political persuasion. He is a messenger of integration and collaboration in a world normally rife with exclusion, oppression and hopelessness. His work in behavior modification research, leadership, teambuilding and political strategy gives him generous insights into group dynamics and systems of governance.

Kalani is the Founding and current Director of the Olohana Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based on Hawaii’s Big Island since 2008. Olohana focuses on building community capacity, cohesiveness, resilience, and emergency preparedness around food, energy, water, and knowledge systems.

Kalani is also a Coastal Community Resilience Trainer with FEMA Consortium member, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He serves as a cultural competency consultant for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pacific Services Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce and is regularly called to lead and participate in workshops and webinars on topics including disaster preparedness, community, relationships, knowledge systems sharing, indigenous environmental stewardship, and climate change adaptation. He also serves as a mentor with the Hawaii non-killing effort out of the Spark Matsunaga Center for Peace and as a board member for the Ala Kahakai Trail Association, part of the National Park Services Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail.

Previously, Kalani taught Conflict Resolution at University of Hawaii at Manoa in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He served as the chairman of the Indigenous Knowledge & Education (IKE) Hui of the Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO), a collection of federal, state, county and non-governmental agencies that work primarily to mitigate and respond to disasters in the greater Pacific region; and recently consulted with the Presidents Ocean Policy Task Force around the indigenous knowledge and science integration perspective in Washington D.C.

Kalani was on the Committee for Intense Public Conflict of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), a body of 6,000 international professional peacemakers; and served as one of two Hawaiians in the Native Network, a group of 450 peacemakers on the Department of the Interior (DOI) out of the Morris Udall Center for Peace in Tucson, Arizona.

Kalani engaged in a musical and media project, the Big Blue O, that produced an album in 2011. The project  is also working on a film highlighting issues of community and cultural capacity through the lens of our relationships to one another and to water.

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  1. Nicolae Tanase

    Dear M. Kalani Souza,

    I’m Nicolae Tanase, founder of the largest “Meaning of Life” e-publication — http://www.ExcellenceReporter.com
    and editor of the recently published book “What is the Meaning of Life?” that is a result of two years of investigation.

    I am partnering with Marilyn Turkovich (Director of the Charter for Compassion International) and Dr. Lesa Walker (Founder of the Compassionate Austin movement) on a new initiative: “What makes a Compassionate City?”

    Would you be willing to contribute your thoughts to the Compassionate City Project? The process is very simple.

    Write down your insight on the following questions:

    1) What makes a compassionate city/community?;

    2) How do you measure compassion?; and,

    3) What do you do to contribute to creating a more compassionate community and world?

    Then, email your response back to me along with your consent. Also, send a large quality photo of you, a short bio, and the name (location) of your city/community, e.g. Austin, Texas, USA.

    I will publish your response online at Excellence Reporter. Also, we plan to publish a book of the responses in the future.

    I’d be grateful to have you interconnected in the Compassionate City Network. The world needs your wit and help on “What makes a Compassionate City?”

    Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Sincerely,
    Nicolae Tanase

    P.S. I prefer min. 250 words and max. 900.
    PP.S. Please send it along with a high-resolution photo, a short bio, and the name (location) of your city/community, e.g. Austin, Texas, USA.

    Reply

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