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"...I can only offer you one pathway of decision framing and making: Aloha, as articulated and lived by Aunty Pilahi Paki is not one thing but is a process and layered reality and is itself A Way of being, of seeing, of doing...


The seeds of CREA-HI were planted at the 2013 CREA International conference in Chicago. Upon returning home, an ad-hoc group of attendees from Hawai‘i met intermittently in the ensuing years.

In 2016, the group coalesced to formally apply as a chapter through CREA International. At the Chicago conference that year, a reception was held for 50 Hawai‘i attendees. Since then, several community gatherings, or "Hana Hou" convenings around O‘ahu have fostered learning and sharing amongst the Hawai‘i CREA community at-large.

At two strategic planning meetings in 2017, the CREA-HI steering committee decided to support and hold convenings that promote CREA and also demonstrate aloha-based CREA practices through collaboration and potential pilot projects.

The Evaluation with Aloha framework was published in 2019, and in 2020 CREA-HI seeks the share more with the community at large

CREA-HI is co-hosted by the Consuelo Foundation, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Lili‘uokalani Trustthe local affiliate for CREA International.


October 2013

First Cultural Evaluation Hui Meeting


Intermittent and recurring "Cultural Evaluation Hui" Meetings hosted at Consuelo Foundation


"Cultural Evaluation Hui" applies for formal

CREA-HI status as a CREA International affiliate

April 2016

CREA-HI Chapter and Consuelo Foundation

host a reception at the CREA International

conference in Chicago

July 2016

Manu Meyer, Shawn Kana‘iaupuni and

Kathy Tibbetts host the "CREA Hana Hou"

gathering at University of Hawaii‘i West O‘ahu

November 2016

2nd "CREA Hana Hou" hosted at Kōkua Kalihi

Valley's Ho‘oulu ‘Āina

May and June 2017

CREA-HI Steering Committee Retreat to solidify

strategic actions and mission

July 2017

3rd "CREA Hana Hou" gathering at Kānewai


CREA-HI hui drafts the Aloha Evaluation Framework


CREA-HI hui publishes the Aloha Evaluation Framework & shares at conferences

First CREA track at H-PEA conference 

...To remind us: We must act with/in:

Akahai: kindness, to act and to speak

with kindness

Lōkahi: unity, to bring about harmony

in spite of differences

‘Olu‘olu: pleasantness, internal 


Ha‘aha‘a: modesty, humility, openness

Ahonui: patience, waiting for the ripe

moment – to persevere...


...Make no mistake: Aloha is hard to do, to achieve, to internalize, to practice every day with each interaction. Aloha is my way of prayer, my challenge, my practice, my Way."


-Aunty Puanani Burgess


Aunty Puanani Burgess

Kathy Tibbetts

Pālama Lee

Lisa Watkins-Victorino

Herb Lee

Sharon Simms

Dawn Mahi

Patrick Uchigakiuchi

Tercia Kū

Trina Jones Artis

Paula Morelli

Peter Mataira

Tom Kelly

Emily Makahi

Lala Nuss

Sara Bolduc

Jackie Ng-Osorio



Aunty VerlieAnn Malina-Wright

Akiemi Glenn

Brandon Ledward

Cheryl Ka‘uhane Lupenui

Kapono Ciotti

Summer Maunakea

Sylvia Hussey