Awake, a Dream From Standing Rock

HIPL is co-sponsoring a film showing & discussion of a new documentary about the Standing Rock water protectors, Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock on Saturday, August 5th at 6:00 PM at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave in Honolulu. Donations will be accepted to help those still fighting against the Dakota Access pipeline that runs just north of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Come join us for an eye-opening experience about the power of people united in their fight for indigenous rights, protection of critical natural resources, and a just, sustainable, and renewable energy future. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact Dave Mulinix, the organizer for this event.

Support Nobel Peace Prize Nominees for an Earth-Centered Economy

HIPL friend and executive director of United Planet Faith and Science Initiative, Stuart Scott,has started a campaign to nominate people for the Nobel Peace Prize around the theme of sustainable development. The nominees are the Club of Rome, which authored the ground-breaking book, The Limits to Growth; the founder of ecological economics, Dr. Herman Daly; and Pope Francis, who released the encyclical Laudato Si that demonstrates the shared values of faith, care for Creation, and justice and peace for all people. Visit to learn how you can endorse and perhaps even nominate these deserving people for the Noble Peace Prize. Even better, please share this flyer with your network and encourage others to endorse or nominate these deserving people for the Nobel Peace Prize.

See below Patriarch Bartholomew's message on climate change to world leaders at the climate summit in Marrakesh, Morocco.

YouTube Video


World Peace & Prayer Day Celebrations, June 2017

Join with those around the world praying for world peace and the protection of sacred sites around the summer solstice. This year's celebration is especially powerful and relevant locally, as the main events will take place at sacred sites on Hawaii Island, Mauna Kea and Kilauea. It also coincides with the return of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokulea to her home on Oahu.
To learn more about the history of WPPD and the significant of this year's events on Hawaii, visit We also ask Hawai'i Church leaders and congregations to dedicate their church service on this weekend (June 16-18) to world peace. Church of the Crossroads in Honolulu has agreed to dedicate its Sunday service on June 18 to World Peace & Prayer Day. If your faith community decides to host a special event, let us know!

The Death of Lono!
The Hawaii & Pacific Island Climate Crisis: Organizing for Change and Transformation

You are invited to attend the monthly Pacific Peace Forum this Friday, March 3rd at 6:00 PM in the Von Holt Room of St. Andrews Cathedral in downtown Honolulu. This month's forum will focus on how the Hawaiian season and traditions of makahiki offers a culturally powerful response to the climate crisis in Hawaii, other Pacific Islands, and the world. HIPL clergy advisor Kahu Kaleo Patterson will facilitiate the meeting. Speakers include:
Rev. Sam Samuelu - Tuvalu
Rev. Charles Petras - Chuuk FSM
Rev. Keahusy Silander - Chuuk FSM
Dr. Chuck Burrows - Hawaii Power and Light

Questions we plan to address include:
1.  What is Makahiki about?
2.  What can we learn from its revival in the protection and restoration of Kahoolawe?
3.  What is the Climate Change and Crisis about?
4. How does Makahiki teach us about healing ourselves and healing the land?
5. Why is Makahiki important for paahao in prison, and important for everyone?
6. What can we all do to bring healing to the land and people?

2016 Watada Lecture Series

HIPL is pleased to announce the upcoming Watada Lecture Series, October 13-16, featuring Mr. Erik Assadourian, senior fellow with Worldwatch Institute

On Thursday, October 13, he will be leading a panel discussion on "Rethinking Education for a Changing Planet" with sustainability educators here in Hawaii. The event will be at the University of Hawaii-Manoa Architecture Auditorium from 5:30-7:00 PM. The panel will engage in Q&A with the audience, some come with your questions and thoughts on this important topic. Check out and share the flyer of this event. Share the event from our Facebook page, as well.

On Saturday, October 15, Erik will be giving a keynote address on the topic "Is Sustainability Still Possible?", based on the Worldwatch report of the same name. The talk will be from 7:00-9:00 PM at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. You can download a flyer of this event to share, as well.

On Sunday, October 16, Erik will be back at Crossroads to speak about "Sustainability and Cultural Transformation", based on the 2010 State of the World report, which he edited and contributed to. He will lead a discussion of this topic during the adult religious education hour at 9:00 AM and then give the homily during a special service, starting at 10:30 AM. Lunch will be served at noon, following the service. Again, please download and share the flyer or share from our Facebook page.

Interfaith Open Table

Please join HIPL and The Interfaith Alliance Hawaii for a special Interfaith Open Table panel discussion on Tuesday, September 20th beginning at 7:00 PM at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave in Honolulu. The topic for discussion will be "Building Communities Around Sustainability" and will feature an esteemed and diverse set of panelists, including Kahu Dr. Kaleo Patterson, an Episcopal minister and past recipient of the Crossroads Martin Luther King, Jr. Peacemaker Award; Rev. David Turner, director of Camp Mokuleia; Hokulea crew member Kaleo Wong; and former head of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and now state Senator Laura Thielen. Refreshments courtesy of Chinatown's Local Joe restaurant.

Hawaii Environmental Calendar 

Keep up with all the latest environmental happenings in Hawaii with this online calendar.
You can submit your own events, sign up for weekly updates, and even add the events to your own online calendar.

This Changes Everything book discussion series

HIPL partner the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu is hosting a four-week discussion series on Naomi Klein's eye-opening book, This Changes Everything. The first session was Feb. 5th, but you can still join in the discussion on Friday's from 6-8 PM. Contact HIPL board member Steve Lohse for more info and to discuss how you can schedule a showing of the film based on the book.

Climate Change Events Leading Up to Paris Climate Summit 

Teach In flyer

Thanks to everyone who participated in the teach-in, especially our speakers! Feel free to download a copy of the program. We also have a report summarizing the event.
Don't forget to join Sierra Club Hawaii and Hawaii for the climate march on Nov. 29. Check out the Hawaii Facebook page for info.

HIPL and other groups are offering a series of events associated with the UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris.
On Nov. 21, HIPL and Church of the Crossroads are co-sponsoring a teach-in at Church of the Crossroads, 1212 University Ave. This event will feature short presentations by scientists, religious leaders, and local advocacy and action groups highlighting the effects of climate change on Hawaii, how faith traditions are called to respond to these challenges, and what you can do to make a difference at home and around the world. Your input will be solicited on what else we can do and future events you would like to help us respond as people and communities of faith. Get and share the flyer as a pdf document or a graphical image.
On Nov. 29, the Sierra Club of Hawaii and the local chapter are holding a climate change rally and march in Waikiki.
On Dec. 09, they are hosting a climate change panel.
We are also promoting showings of Naomi Klein's new movie based on her book This Changes Everything.
Be a part of these events leading up to the UN Climate Summit in Paris and help create a just, sustainable, and renewable future locally and globally.

Earth Sabbath 2015: Support Renewable Energy and Communities in Hawaii
HIPL is teaming
up with the Blue Planet Foundation to sponsor a letter-writing campaign campaign between Easter and Earth Day this year. Faith communities are encouraged to get their members and supporters involved in writing testimony to the legislature and local media outlets encouraging 100% renewable energy generation by 2040 and enabling community solar projects. For details, see this description with letter templates
or contact us to get involved.

Native Alaskan Film and Discussion: Join us Thursday, Jan. 23 at Church of the Crossroads from 5:00-9:00 PM for the Hawaii premiere screening of The Sacred Place Where Life Begins: Gwich'in Women Speak, a film by Miho Aida. This will be followed by refreshments and a discussion with indigenous Alaskan leaders. Preview below.

Trailer for "The Sacred Place..."

All About LED Lighting: 03-05 June, 2013 
Hawaii Energy is hosting 1-day trainings in Honolulu, Hilo, and Kona on the emergence and diversification of LED lighting. Stan Walerczyk, principal of Lighting Wizards, an energy efficient consulting firm, will conduct the training. Cost is only $35.
For more info and to register, visit the workshop registration page.

Energy Efficiency Training: 16-21 May, 2013 
Hawaii Energy is hosting additional training on energy efficiency for businesses, led by Mark Jewell, President of the Efficiency Efficiency Funding Group. There will be 2-day training workshops on Honolulu (16-17 May) and Kona (20-21 May), split into morning and afternoon sessions. Day 1 focuses on businesses selling energy efficiency products and services. Day 2 focuses on implementing energy efficiency in your own business. 
Hawaii Energy is heavily subsidizing the training for residents of Oahu or Hawaii counties, so the cost is only $20 to register for each morning or afternoon session. For more info and to register, visit the workshop registration page.

Do the Math: film screening and discussion: 21 April, 2013 at 4:00 PM
After Bill McKibben's influential article last year in Rolling Stone magazine about the potential for catastrophic climate change if we tap the remaining known reserves of the earth's fossil fuels, there was a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and inspire action. Now, has a 40-min film that will be shown simultaneously around the country on the evening of 21 April (Earth Sabbath), followed by a live streaming discussion. Church of the Crossroads is hosting a showing and discussion in Weaver Hall (map), beginning at 4:00 PM. See the attached flyer below and distribute widely! If you are coming, please RSVP so we know how many to expect.

Energy Audit Training
Honolulu Community College (map) is hosting an introduction and training session on investment grade energy audits.
Tuesday, 09 April. Morning and afternoon sessions available for FREE!

Waves of Change
Waves of Change: a conference on climate change in Hawaii and the Pacific
April 04-06, 2013
University of Hawaii-Manoa and East-West Center (map)
Honolulu, HI
For details and registration:

Mission 4/1 Earth: 01 April-18 May, 2013
Celebrate the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost by engaging on Creation Care activities. See our special webpage for details and updates.

Travis Idol,
Apr 17, 2013, 9:55 PM