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ASTWR Ep.27: 50 Shades of Shamanism: Artist as healer, teacher & prophet

Solomon Enos, Native Hawaiian artist––and and pure, stream of consciousness––is my guest for episode 27. Our conversation underscores his vision and commitment to growing inner peace and outer expressions of aloha and love. We also interweave his philosophy on life, creating an internal alliance with your molecules and observations of the human condition, with the role of art to catalyzing change, the genealogy of money, and whether he can live forever!

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Episode 26. Mother Tongue: Language is life!

This episode is a conversation with language perpetuators (aka professors) Kaliko Baker, PhD (from Hawai’i) and Rangi Matamua, PhD (from Aotearoa) about how one’s native language is the foundation of culture as well as personal and communal identity. We also discuss how investment in master-level language initiatives can also have a significant economic impact and strengthen the social fabric of a nation, even for non-native speakers.

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Ep.23: Food for the Soul with PRIME

Episode 23 is a conversation with John “Prime,” a culturally grounded, local-to-global thinker, with deep roots in Pacific island communities. Born in Samoa and raised in Hawai'i, he is father and mentor who mixes the creativity and edginess of the hard hitting urban and graffiti art scene with a persona that is filled with aloha and a deep commitment to healing our kids and communities.

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Ep.22: Kanehunamoku

ASTWR Ep.22: Kanehunamoku–The canoe as teacher and lifelong learning, is a conversation with Bonnie Kahapeʻa Tanner, program director and captain at the Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging academy. Kahapeʻa acquired her sailing skills, and many life skills, under the mentorship of Clay Bertelmann and the Makaliʻi ʻohana, as well as Papa Mau.

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Ep. 21: JAH-topilot

JAH-topilot - ASTWR Podcast Episode No.21 - is a conversation with Mama T (a.k.a. Tricia Gonsalves) who is an amazing ital-chef and singer of Psalms. We chat about food as medicine, the body-mind-soul connection, and being a loving servant of Jah!

 

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Naiʻa Lewis
Aniani Ku: We are the future.

If we want a future based on the values of our ancestors that developed from their deep understanding of the natural world and living in harmony with long range cycles, then we must showcase what those futures would look like in equal measure to calling out how these values are being dismantled in real time.

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Naiʻa Lewis
A Genealogy of Gratitude

“Life is short. Be grateful for what you have; appreciate every moment.”

A true sentiment to be sure but being “grateful for what you have” seems to have become our end point versus our starting line. Gratitude is one of the most vital values to a successful human experience. It helps an individual differentiate between need and want, between the material and immaterial, and to appreciate “what is” versus “what is not” or “what could be.”

However, I think it’s time that we transition to a higher octave version of this concept. I would like to suggest that we aim to create a “genealogy of gratitude,” versus limiting the context this realization to our discrete life experience.

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Naiʻa Lewis
The Future is Feminine

The original plan for writing this post was to land in New York, taxi it to my hotel, then pen an inspired, edgy overview of CTRL+ALT: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures. I desired to promote the show and the work of the 40 amazingly talented artists, performers and scholars that are participating. I felt that we would be successful at not only asking provocative questions of society but also asking museums to reinvent their relationships with community. 

Once I landed at JFK, however, and took my phone off airplane mode, the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election brought a stark (even bleak) reality that killed my desire to be creative. I quickly made a status update on Facebook noting my disorientation and made my way to baggage claim

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Naiʻa Lewis