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ASTWR Ep.29: Hoʻomana–Life and death dialogues, No.1

Hoʻomana is the first show in a series called––Life and death dialogues. The collection of conversations will be at least three shows, consisting of this monologue, a show on death care and a show on holistic birth.This first installment is a retelling of my own fatherʻs passing earlier this year (2018) and my experience taking care of his body, as well as the series of events that have pulled me into the death care space around cultural perpetuation and environmental stewardship. 

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Ep.30: Hoʻolewa: Life and death dialogues, No.2

HOLEWA – Life and Death Dialgues, Part 2 is the second in a series about having agency for those intimate processes we all share. Regardless of our socio economic background, our level of education, our culture, geography or beliefs – we are all born into physical bodies and those bodies die. The topic of this show builds upon Part 1 where I tell the story of how my famly chose to care for my dad in his death. 

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Ep.27: 50 Shades of Shamanism: Artist as healer, teacher & prophet

Solomon Enos, Native Hawaiian artist––and and pure, stream of consciousness––is my guest for episode 27. Our conversation underscores his vision and commitment to growing inner peace and outer expressions of aloha and love. We also interweave his philosophy on life, creating an internal alliance with your molecules and observations of the human condition, with the role of art to catalyzing change, the genealogy of money, and whether he can live forever!

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Episode 26. Mother Tongue: Language is life!

This episode is a conversation with language perpetuators (aka professors) Kaliko Baker, PhD (from Hawai’i) and Rangi Matamua, PhD (from Aotearoa) about how one’s native language is the foundation of culture as well as personal and communal identity. We also discuss how investment in master-level language initiatives can also have a significant economic impact and strengthen the social fabric of a nation, even for non-native speakers.

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Ep.23: Food for the Soul with PRIME

Episode 23 is a conversation with John “Prime,” a culturally grounded, local-to-global thinker, with deep roots in Pacific island communities. Born in Samoa and raised in Hawai'i, he is father and mentor who mixes the creativity and edginess of the hard hitting urban and graffiti art scene with a persona that is filled with aloha and a deep commitment to healing our kids and communities.

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Ep.22: Kanehunamoku

ASTWR Ep.22: Kanehunamoku–The canoe as teacher and lifelong learning, is a conversation with Bonnie Kahapeʻa Tanner, program director and captain at the Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging academy. Kahapeʻa acquired her sailing skills, and many life skills, under the mentorship of Clay Bertelmann and the Makaliʻi ʻohana, as well as Papa Mau.

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Naiʻa Lewis
ASTWR Ep. 21: JAH-topilot

JAH-topilot - ASTWR Podcast Episode No.21 - is a conversation with Mama T (a.k.a. Tricia Gonsalves) who is an amazing ital-chef and singer of Psalms. We chat about food as medicine, the body-mind-soul connection, and being a loving servant of Jah!

 

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Naiʻa Lewis
Aniani Ku: We are the future.

If we want a future based on the values of our ancestors that developed from their deep understanding of the natural world and living in harmony with long range cycles, then we must showcase what those futures would look like in equal measure to calling out how these values are being dismantled in real time.

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Naiʻa Lewis