Palo Alto Networks launches Aloha ‘Āina employee network group with Bishop Museum
Cover Image: Aloha ‘Āina advocates to raise the visibility of underrepresented Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in cybersecurity
In November 2022, the Bishop Museum Corporate Relations team supported cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks with a speaker series to launch their employee network group, Aloha ‘Āina.
Aloha ‘Āina advocates to raise the visibility of underrepresented Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in cybersecurity and provides them the opportunities for personal and career development and broadening their networks. We also aim to bring the aloha spirit and culture of the Islands to the entire Palo Alto Networks community.
We’re delighted to partner with Bishop Museum, one of the premier institutions preserving the history and traditions of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Islands, to launch this important endeavor to increase opportunities and awareness of members of and allies to our Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community. – credit Palo Alto Networks (Adam Maruyama, Sr. Mgr, Customer Success and Aloha ‘Āina Employee Network Group Co-Lead)
Image: Sarah Kuaiwa, Curator for Hawaiʻi and Pacific Cultural Resources, presentation titled “Mana: Authority, Materials and Genealogy” focused on Bishop Museum’s Ethnology collections
The speaker series touched on the themes of Makahiki, togetherness and inclusive responsibility. The first presentation showcased Bishop Museum’s Sarah Kuaiwa, Curator for Hawaiʻi and Pacific Cultural Resources. Kuaiwa, a historian, art historian, and genealogist from Waimalu, Oʻahu is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. She specializes in 19th century Hawaiian History and her dissertation looks at creativity in kapa production in the early Hawaiian Kingdom (1810-1850). Her ʻohana has been living in and around Puʻuloa for the past four generations.
Kuaiwa’s presentation titled “Mana: Authority, Materials and Genealogy” focused on Bishop Museum’s Ethnology collections, providing the opportunity to explore how mana has been expressed by our ancestors and continues to exist in our current moment. The presentation focused on a group of Hawaiian objects that shows how simple materials were worked and utilized to express their own mana, as well as accentuate and emphasize the mana of their owner or wearer.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum’s mission is to inspire our community and visitors through the exploration, celebration and perpetuation of the extraordinary history, culture, and environment of Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.
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