Luana Palapala Busby-Neff brings with her a wealth of experience as a Native Hawaiian, as an educator, cultural practitioner, and as a businesswoman. She has worked extensively in the National and International arena with “Indigenous Peoples” and with the founding members of the Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana (the Aloha ʻĀina Movement) as well as with the Edith Kanakaʻole Foundation. Luana has been instrumental in developing numerous workshops, events and programs that focus on improving the quality of health, identity and vitality of the Hawaiian community.
As a cultural advisor rich in experience within the fields of Hawaiian protocol, education, cultural values and spirituality for over 35 years, Luana has been a bridge for cross-cultural understanding and dedicated to bringing diverse communities together.
A strong advocate in the Sustainability Movement in Hawaiʻi, she was the: Cultural Coordinator for “Hoea Ea Food Sovereignty Youth Conference” in Hilo in 2007; Hawaiian Advisor for “Hoʻoulu ʻĀina” in Waipā, Kauaʻi in 2008; and Mediator for “ʻĀina Momona: Envisioning Molokaʻi on a Sustainable Future” in Molokaʻi in 2009. Her work as one of the organizers for the event, “Beyond Sustainability: Building Communities of Leadership on a Platform of Reverence,” in June 2010, is on-going and has earned global recognition as a module for deeper collaborative dialogue for protecting our natural resources that sustains life on Papahānaumoku (Earth).