The Hawaiʻi Partnership for Climate-Smart Commodities

Equity & Indigenous Innovation

Social & Ecological Justice

As the project is underway, we increasingly deepen our orientation at the nexus of social and ecological justice and healing. The HiCSC Project is being intentionally designed to prioritize and advocate for historically underserved communities, producers, and practitioners. We aim to be a catalyst for greater social equity, food security, circular economic development, ecological regeneration, and normalizing indigenous and place-based food systems as a legitimate climate-smart practice.

Equity & Indigenous Innovation

PEWA Framework

The project is using the Pewa Framework to help intentionally build stronger relationships amongst all project partners and under-served agricultural producers and ʻāina practitioners – including Native Hawaiian practitioners, socioeconomically underinvested regions/communities, English language learner producers/practitioners, women producers, small producers and more. The framework has been developed by the University of Hawaiʻi’s Office of Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation (OIKI).

What is a Pewa?

Literally, a rectangular patch or wedge used for mending bowls, perhaps so called because of a resemblance to a fishtail. The physical form of the pewa is a helpful metaphor for the values of equity, reciprocity and transparency which inform the project’s attention to under-served agricultural producers and ʻāina practitioners.

How we are using the Pewa Framework?

The project is using the Pewa Framework to guide our work through three phases of Kahua (Observation, Sensemaking), ʻAuamo (Creation) and Kūkulu (Promotion). In Kahua, the project is focusing on building understanding of the current landscape and foundations of trust with agricultural producer and practitioner communities. ʻAuamo refers to a tool that is used to distribute weight evenly and will therefore focus on the distribution of resources after relationships and capacities have been developed. Kūkulu literally means “building” and will focus on building enduring partnerships and projects.