M. Kalani Souza – Structural Racism, Culture & Community Resilience
Kalani is a gifted storyteller, songwriter, musician, poet, philosopher, priest, political satirist, and peacemaker. A Hawaiian practitioner and cross-cultural facilitator, he has experience promoting social justice through conflict resolution. His lectures inspire, challenge, and entertain while calling all to be their greater selves. His native roots allow unique perspective of the collision of two worlds: one steeped in traditional culture, and the other a juggernaut of new morality and changing economic and political persuasion. He is a messenger of integration and collaboration in a world rife with exclusion, oppression, and hopelessness. His work in behavior modification research, leadership, and political strategy gives him generous insights into group dynamics and systems of governance. Kalani is the Founding Director of the Olohana Foundation, a non-profit focused on building community capacity, cohesiveness, resilience, and emergency preparedness around food, energy, water, and knowledge systems. Kalani is also a Coastal Community Resilience Trainer with FEMA Consortium member, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii. He serves as a cultural competency consultant for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).