Spring 2022 Global Vision Summit : Water is Life | Ka Wai Ola

Saturday, March 5, 2022

We are back! PAAC is excited to welcome students back to our first in-person event since 2020! This will be a combination event that includes the Global Vision Summit in the morning and the Academic WorldQuest Competition in the afternoon.


Why Water?

Today, most of us walked into a kitchen or bathroom and turned on a faucet to receive clean water. We flushed a toilet and thought nothing of where that water went. We are fortunate because without water our lives would be transformed. Yet, do we understand the many issues of water around the world and in our community? Have we considered how the home or building being constructed down the street will impact our waterways for generations to come? How did our ancestors view water and how did they protect it? Should water have human rights? What would life be like if we had to walk miles to get water to drink, to clean our bodies, or to water our gardens? Do we truly understand the value of water? How can we be water protectors for our community?


Join PAAC and many amazing experts and artists in our community to explore various issues in the world of water.

  • Saturday March 5, 2022
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu- Hale Hoaloha
  • Sponsored by CIFAL of Honolulu at Chaminade
  • GVS: Water is Life: 9:00 am-1:00 pm (includes lunch)
  • WorldQuest Competition: 1:00 pm-4:30 pm (includes snack)
  • Deadline to Register: Mon. Feb. 28, 2022
  • (Deadline Extended)


Featured Speakers

As recognized by the United Nations, "Water will be the primary medium through which we feel the effects of climate change." At GVS, experts will lead conversations on topics including marine ecology, conservation biology, water crisis management, the health of nearshore ecosystems, and a Polynesian lens on the sacredness of water.

Dr. Ethan Allen
Ph.D. Associate Professor
Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
Christina Comfort
Program Manager and Ph.D Candidate in Biological Oceanography
Wastewater Alternatives and Innovations (WAI)
Dr. Mark Hixon
Sidney & Erica Hsiao Endowed Professor and Chair- Marine Biology
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Wayne Chung Tanaka
Executive Director
Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi


Action & Arts Facilitators

Using the inspiration of "Water is Life," you'll have opportunities to process your learnings, emotions, and relationship with water through a guided poetry workshop, the creation of a personal visual statement, or an exploration of the ongoing work of restoring sacred sites of healing and peace.

Laurel Nakanishi
Author and Teacher
Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Artistic Teaching Partners
Meleanna Meyer
Artist, Activist, Advocate for all actions creative
Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Artistic Teaching Partners
Kehaulani Lum and Kanani D’Angelo
Cultural Restoration and Preservation
Ali‘i Pauahi Hawaiian Civic Club and Loko Iʻa Pāʻaiau


What will I do?

* Attend two sessions on water issues that are relevant to you

* Explore the many interwoven issues involved in protecting water and gain personal insights on the importance and value of water for our communities and world

* Choose one artistic or advocacy session through which you can express what you have learned about water, what that learning means to you, and/or explore how you might advocate for water in your community

* Learn about the many careers that contribute to protecting water

* Enjoy snacks and lunch

* Meet students, teachers, and experts throughout Hawai'i


COVID-19 Safety Policies

* All students, teachers, and program volunteers participating in PAAC organized events MUST BE fully vaccinated unless they have been exempted for religious or medical reasons.

* Vaccine cards, ID, and temperatures will be checked before entering the event

* Masks will be required

* Sanitation and distancing practiced

* We will continue to monitor the guidelines for events as mandated by the City and County of Honolulu and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Changes to our program may be necessary in order to comply with the latest health and safety guidelines.

* Parental/Guardian Consent can be viewed here


Can the Summit be accessed remotely?

* The Summit will be in-person

* WorldQuest can be attended remotely for neighbor island participants. Please register here to create teams for WorldQuest.



* The event will be held in Honolulu. PAAC will be working with teacher chaperones to provide buses to and from the event from school hubs on Oʻahu.

* If you want to attend from a neighbor island, please work with your club to request travel funds. Work with your advisor and use this form to make requests.



* Both GVS and WorldQuest will be offered for FREE thanks to our generous sponsors



* The in-person Global Vision Summit and Academic WorldQuest 2022 will be held on the beautiful campus of Chaminade University Honolulu in Hale Hoaloha. 

Register now to save your seat- We will have a limited capacity!

Deadline to register extended to Monday, February 28!

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