CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
The Hawai`i Psychological Association, the Hawaiian Islands Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Association of Social Workers – Hawai`i Chapter are pleased to announce a Call for Papers and Programs for their 1st jointly-sponsored Behavioral Health Conference to be held virtually on October 21 and 22, 2021. The deadline for submissions has been extended to is August 20, 2021.
- Detailed Directions -
This Call is for workshops, paper presentations, symposia, poster presentations, roundtable sessions and Ho‘ā (Ignite - 10-minute presentations). Submission requirements can be found at the online proposal website and are also provided below. We will be able to offer Continuing Education credit for the approved programs.
Instructions for submissions:
Workshops can be 60 minutes, 90 minutes or 3 hours in duration. Symposia, paper sessions, roundtable sessions and groups of Ho‘ā (Ignite) presentations are typically scheduled in 60 or 90 minute blocks.
Individual papers may also be submitted. If accepted, these will either be included as part of a paper session with a chair appointed by the Program Committee, or as posters, at the discretion of the Program Committee.
Student submissions are particularly welcome. HPA aims to provide a quality local venue to allow students the opportunity to present their research to an audience of their peers and other professionals. In addition, a Graduate Student Research Award is presented to the best adjudicated student paper, presentation or poster.
Presenters are asked to speak freely from notes or PowerPoints rather than reading directly from a paper which often detracts from the spirit of the proceedings. Inclusion of ethical and diversity considerations is strongly encouraged, as is the provision of audio-visual aids. We recommend that you provide the convention staff with a summary, handout, or resource list that we can upload ahead of time to the convention website for access by participants.
All program participants, association members, non-members, and students are expected to register and pay the relevant registration fees for the meeting. First authors will receive a 30% registration discount.
Alternatively, you can submit all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail in to HPA, PO Box 833, Honolulu, HI 96808.
Please prepare all of the following and submit as an attachment or attachments:
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PROTECTION & PRESERVATION OF MAUNA KEA.
SOCIAL WORK STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY.
Kānaka Maoli or Native Hawaiians are the Indigenous people of Ka Pae ‘Āina—the Hawaiian Archipelago. For many Kānaka Maoli, Maunakea represents a oneness and connection to the natural and spiritual worlds-- a sacred place and the zenith of ancestral ties to creation (Saks,2019):
The upper regions, Wao Akua, are the realms of the Akua (creator) and the summit is a temple of the Supreme Being in not only Hawaiian culture but also in many histories throughout Polynesia. It is the home of Na Akua (divine deities) and Nā ʻAumākua’(divine ancestors), as well as the meeting place of Wākea, the Sky Father and Papahānaumoku, the Earth Mother---progenitors of the Hawaiian people. It is also both a burial ground and the embodiment of ancestors that include Ali‘i and Kahuna (high ranking chiefs and priests). Modern Native Hawaiians continue to regard Maunakea with reverence and many cultural and religious practices are still performed there. In addition to sacred importance, the summit is home to nearly a hundred archaeological sites and many traditional cultural properties eligible to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Currently, there is significant controversy surrounding the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Maunakea. This controversy highlights the struggle of an Indigenous People to preserve their sacred sites from desecration and ensure their participation in current land use issues. Kānaka Maoli leaders and those who oppose TMT construction emphasize that they are not “anti-science”. Rather, they contest the fact that Kānaka Maoli were insufficiently consulted before Maunakea was chosen as the TMT site. Further, they stress that building the TMT on Maunakea comes with serious environmental risks. According to the 2010 environmental impact statement, the cumulative impact of the TMT together with the 13 other telescopes already on Maunakea potentiate a profoundly negative impact on the geology and animal inhabitants of the area. Importantly, the construction of the TMT would disrupt traditional spiritual and cultural practices of Kānaka Maoli (Saks,2019).
Kia‘i (guardians, protectors) of Maunakea stand strong. However, protection of the sacred mountain raises painful issues of systemic dispossession, inter-generational marginalization, and discrimination. In July 2019, 34 kūpuna (elders) were arrested for peaceful obstruction of the government road leading to the site of TMT construction (Zaveri, 2019). Younger protectors chanted and cried as kūpuna were carried or taken away in wheelchairs. These arrests underscored the power of the state government to enforce western property rights while at the same time disrespecting traditional wisdom keepers. To those protecting Maunakea, these encounters confirmed that social justice issues cannot be resolved by majority laws and rules but rather, require community advocates and purposeful, non-violent civil disobedience. Living with the ongoing threat of forceful removal of kia’i has resulted in chronic strain. Informal reports suggest that kia‘i experience hypervigilance, disruption of routine sleep patterns, as well as other manifestations of secondary traumatic stress. Supportive counseling and preventive health education are indicated.
Relevance to Social Work
The NASW-Hawai‘i Chapter has a history of upholding the rights of Kānaka Maoli and other Indigenous Peoples. Through the national NASW Delegate Assembly, the Hawai‘i Chapter has led social work efforts to develop and pass policy-relevant statements on the sovereignty and health of Indigenous Peoples (NASW, 2009). These statements acknowledge Indigenous Peoples’ lived experience of colonization, self-governance, loss of land, and pernicious, systematic efforts of U.S. federal and state governing bodies to marginalize and/or erase Indigenous ways of knowing, language, and culture.
The NASW policy statement on “Sovereignty and the Health of Indigenous Peoples” (2009) recognizes that spiritual, physical, social, and emotional health diminishes with infringement of Indigenous rights. Further, the NASW Code of Ethics (2017) upholds the cardinal principle of social justice for all. At a global level, the
Social Work Health Inequalities Network (SWHIN) calls Indigenous social work scholars, practitioners, and allies to resist personal/professional complicity with neo-colonialism and cultural genocide by proxy. In other words, taking a neutral stance defacto supports the status quo (Bywaters, Featherstone, & Morris, 2019; Ka‘opua, Friedman, Duncombe, Mataira, & Bywaters, 2019; Morelli, Mataira, & Kaulukukui, 2013; Nakaoka, Ka‘opua, & Ono, in press).
This statement of solidarity is intended to inform social work actions that strengthen protection/preservation of Maunakea and that mālama (care for) kia‘i (guardians, protectors), and kōkua (supporters).
NASW-Hawai‘i Chapter: Recommendations
Chapter leadership together with Kānaka Maoli social workers recognize that many social workers are in support of Maunakea protection/preservation. We acknowledge that many social workers have visited Pu‘uhonua o Pu‘uhuluhulu Maunakea and while there, have observed/practiced Aloha ‘Āina (deep love and care for land all that lives) and Kapu Aloha (act only with kindness, love, and empathy).
To support the protection/preservation of Maunakea and the community that gathers there, the NASW-Hawai‘i Chapter recommends five key actions:
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Ka‘opua , LS, Friedman, B, Duncombe, R., Mataira, P. & Bywaters, P. (2019). ‘Editorial:
Indigenous Peoples and the social determinants of health. Weaving tradition and innovation to advance health for all’, British Journal of Social Work, 49, pp. 843-53.
Morelli, PT, Mataira, PJ, & Kaulukukui, C M (2013). ‘Indigenizing the curriculum::the decolonization of social work
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school of social work’, Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice, special issue on Reckoning and Reconciliation: Decolonizing Social Work Education.
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at: https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of- Ethics .
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of Indigenous Peoples’ (2009). Accessed on August 22, 2019 at: https://www.socialworkers.org/assets/secured/documents/da/da2010/referred/Sovereignty.pdf
Saks, D. (2019). ‘Indigenous religious traditions. Mauna Kea’. Accessed on August 22, 2019
Zaveri, M. (2019). ‘Hawaiian elders arrested trying to block telescope construction’. New York Times. Accessed on August
22, 2019 at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/science/mauna-kea-protest.html
This statement was authored by NASW-HI Chapter members: LS Ka‘opua, P Lee, J Oliveira-Payton, & R Takeuchi. Questions and discussion are encouraged. Endorsement is welcomed.
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