Happy Constitution Day RMI! 🇲🇭Showcasing #laefly newest necklace designs with my sis Brenda - all these photos are from the One Island One Product initiative, asking each island to display a product they're especially proud of. These necklaces are my fav <3 along with that breadfruit flour!
Screenshot of my new poem video "Butterfly Thief" written in collaboration w/ @goodenergyuk. It connects the disappearance of bees, butterflies and islands. Click on the link in my profile to watch the full video #climatechange#exxonknew#imtakingyouwithme
Back in Oregon after spending a few weeks working on restructuring our non-profit Jo-Jikum and receiving intensive management training from the Japan-based Earth Company. This was the last day of our workshop on Eneko atoll - one of our more chill sessions lol.
Screenshot of my new poem video on demons, baskets, and the difficulties Micronesians face with accessing healthcare in Hawaii and the states. To view the video click on the link in my profile. Happy International Women's Day y'all ✌🏽😬
What an amazing time here in Fiji with the 350 Pacific Climate Warrior Coordinators, learning about their islands, struggles, and resistance. Then topping off the week by speaking on a panel with the OG's of Pacific poetry and hearing from the vibrant poetic scene of The Poetry Shop. ❤️❤️leaving heart-full and ready to see my family
Working on my first art installation here in Hawaii for the @honolulubiennial which will involve these #banonoor baskets. The installation will be centered around a new poem that's inspired by a Marshallese legend about islands dropped from a basket. Thanks to Taki and her crew for teaching us, Tamera for arranging it, and to Uncle Cal, Aiko, and Lia for helping us find leaves and weaving. I'm so appreciative for how supportive everyone's been ❤️🌴
On my way back home after a week in Minnesota with the organization Climate Generation: A Will Steger Legacy. Performed a brand spankin new poem "Utilomar" at their 10 year celebration that connected Marshalls Minnesota and the importance of investing in our youth to carry out our climate progress. Will be posting the poem here in a few days. Besides this, their organization works with educators and youth to promote climate education and empowerment in their state and has a structure that I hope our organization Jo-Jikum can one day have - gave me a lot to think about and consider. Thanks for the love Minnesota! It's been real. Real cold lol
#COP22 has ended and we're on our way back home from Morocco. Just wanna take a moment to give a shoutout to our Jo-Jikum youth representatives who came to the COP - BJ Zebedy and Winona Jalisa-Kisino. They shared their stories proudly and passionately through youth actions, panels, and interviews and they represented RMI so well. We all couldn't be prouder!