Our first annual Laulima Symposium was held at the KROC Center in Kapolei! Stay tuned for more details about this year's Laulima Symposium by subscribing to our email lists!
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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.