Visiting Speaker: Maya Soetoro-Ng ’88

Punahou Communications Staff

Maya Soetoro-Ng ’88 inspired the Punahou community as the Chapel’s 2019 Kong Spirit and Health Speaker, teaching about inner peace, peace between people and peace in service to others.

Watch Maya Soetoro-Ng’s ’88 evening community talk about leadership for social change.

During the week of April 1 – 8, she spoke with students of every age during Chapel services and also led an evening community talk about leadership for social change. With her extensive work in the areas of peace education, connecting mind-body-spirit wellness, service and diversity, her perspective reinforces the importance of Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEEL).

Soetoro-Ng is an advisor to the Obama Foundation, working closely with their international team to develop programming in the Asia-Pacific region. She previously served as director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She also co-founded Ceeds of Peace, an organization dedicated to raising peacebuilding leaders.

During her time on Campus, Soetoro-Ng shared many links to resources for further learning, which are included below.

Ceeds of Peace
Institute for Climate and Peace
Institute of Peace: Education Training
Institute of Peace: Course Catalog
Overview of the Obama Foundation Asia Pacific program
Overview of the Obama Foundation leaders
“The peace movement needs a rebrand”

Social Emotional Learning

Peace and Justice

Family Support

Culturally Responsive Learning

Environmental Stewardship and Place Based Learning

Ka‘ala Farm
Kahumana Organic Farm and Café Community
M‘ao Organic Farms
Mouna Farm Arts and Cultural Village
Palaka Moon Farms
Ho‘oulu ‘Āina Nature Preserve
Kualoa Private Nature Reserve
Mānoa Heritage Center

Everyday Leadership, a TEDx Toronto video with Drew Dudley

Just Breathe, a video about mindfulness through the eyes of children

View slides with more resources from Soetoro-Ng’s presentation.

See a list of Soetoro-Ng’s favorite children’s books.

The Spirit and Health Speaker series was established in 1998 as a platform to demonstrate the relationship between spiritual and physical health. Presentations are made possible each year by the Dr. Raymond Fah and Estelle Kan Kong Endowed Fund.