Laulima Symposium

Join us at the KROC Center in Kapolei!

August 20, 2022

4:30-9:00 PM

Aloha! Please join us on August 20 at 4:30 PM at the KROC center in Kapolei for our first-ever in-person event! At this event, we will have a few guest speakers and activities to get you engaged with STEM around Hawaii. We will also be providing a FREE buffet dinner to attendees. Note that registrations will close when we meet our registration cap. Please sign up to attend virtually (and indicate interest on the form to be on our waitlist) if our slots fill up! Please email for any questions or concerns!

In-Person Registration:

Virtual Registration:

Sponsors - please reach out to for opportunities!

The annual Laulima Symposium allows all local scientists, engineers, teachers, and researchers to network and learn about Hawaii's cool work in STEM! We invite all people in Hawaii or with a connection to Hawaii to attend! We also invite select students, teachers, professors, researchers, doctors, etc. to present at our annual symposium - a class project, a cool research topic, your research project, or a STEM-related cultural project! Embedded in the name, Laulima, is the idea that our scientific community requires collaboration not only between scientists but also with the greater community; the events in the symposium are approachable to those from non-scientific backgrounds who are interested in learning about Hawaii's STEM ecosystem.

The Laulima Symposium serves as a setting in which students can discuss contemporary science and engineering issues that impact indigenous communities while also sharing their work in science and engineering to inspire others and to open themselves up to new opportunities in STEM. The symposium consists of short research talks and discussions with esteemed scholars, politicians, and community organizers to help solidify the role of an indigenous student in our constantly shifting world. Unlike most conferences, the Laulima Symposium targets broad participation from the community, which helps to create a collaborative and lively environment. As we encounter an increasing number of contemporary science and engineering-related indigenous issues ranging from topics surrounding land use, sovereignty, and education, we hope to create an inclusive environment in which all citizens of Hawaii can become informed and lead new movements.


Networking Activity

Opening Remarks

Honua Highlights


Keynote 1: Kai Kahele

2022 Proposal Competition Awards

Keynote 2: David Hijirida

Design 4 Hawaii Activity

Closing Remarks

Honua Highlights**

**Participation in Honua Highlights is optional, but highly recommended for attendees!

As part of our program, we are giving attendees the opportunity to take the main stage through our Honua Highlights! During this section of the program, we ask participants to present a 2-3 minute presentation about your program, business, research project, school project, or STEM interest. Please make your presentation such that a high school student can understand it (don't talk about specific differential equations for soft robot modelling - talk about the approach, design, context, and application)

To participate in our Honua Highlights:

  1. Fill out this form ( to confirm your participation in our Honua Highlights!

  2. Prepare your presentation and practice! (Google Slides preferred to minimize compatibility issues)

  3. Email us your slides (if attending in person) or an mp4 recording of your presentation (if attending virtually) by 10pm on August 18 to

  4. (Optional) Come early to the event at 4:15pm to make sure your slides are loaded, formatted properly, and that videos work (if applicable). Note: We will be using our laptop to show everyone's slides from a single slide deck

Honua Highlights Examples

Email us at if you have any questions!