(DECEMBER 21, 2011 - ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) - In an effort to support wide-scale, worldwide social innovation while also strengthening regional collaboration in Hawai'i, OluKai, the leading premium ocean lifestyle brand, will be partnering with TEDxMaui, an independently produced version of the globally renowned TED conference devoted to "ideas worth spreading."
On January 22, 2012, to support new global thinking and positive action, OluKai will present TEDxMaui, a full-day thought provoking collective of 18 speakers from the islands and beyond.
Similar to the mission of OluKai's Talk Story series, the conference will spark learning and discussion as people across the world pass on knowledge from luminary speakers such as Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey, Ph.D., the first Polynesian Explorer and female Fellow in the history of National Geographic Society and internationally recognized expert in the emerging field of cultural intelligence; New York Timesbestselling author and Editor-in-Chief at O Magazine Susan Casey; Charles Hambleton the Associate Producer of the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" based on the mass killing of dolphins; renowned scholar and author Dr. Pualani Kanaka'ole Kanahele who is of pure Hawaiian decent and was raised in the Hula tradition; and Byron Washom, an alternative energy pioneer named one of Fast Company Magazine's "100 Most Creative Persons in Business;" amongother inspiring speakers.
A live broadcast of the TEDxMaui event will be accessible through www.tedxmaui.com with opening ceremonies beginning at 9:00am Hawaiian Standard Time.
"OluKai's title support of the inaugural TEDxMaui is a tremendous opportunity to share revolutionary ideas with global TED community within the context of the Hawaiian culture," said Kerry Konrady, Director of Marketing for OluKai. "Our support will be enduring as we collaborate with the passionate organizers, speakers and attendees of TEDxMaui to create a global destination for community progression."
OluKai has a deep commitment to partnering with organizations that are actively pursuing Mauka- and Makai-initiatives (protecting the land and ocean) including Maui Cultural Lands, The Hawaiian Lifeguard Association and Junior Lifeguard Program, and Team OluKai/Kamakakoa, which is part of the Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association.
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.
At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. To learn more, visit http://www.ted.com/pages/about_tedx.
OluKai is a true premium ocean lifestyle brand with a distinctively different point of view and deep values. We are committed to building a unique and better class of products that blend ocean heritage with modern performance while leaving the smallest footprint possible on the planet.
Through our Fit by Nature, Crafted by HandTM design principle, we build every pair of footwear with signature anatomically contoured footbeds to deliver the perfect balance of instant comfort and lasting support. Each pair features beautiful, quality materials and handcrafted details inspired by island culture.
In every facet of our business, we're committed to respecting the people and the environments we touch. Inspired by the strong tradition of giving an offering or tribute in Polynesian culture, we established the 'Ohana Giveback Program to support the efforts of those who continue to give back to preserve local cultures and traditions.
We are committed to be an environmentally responsible company as well as pledging to actively support and work for a clean environment and a better quality of life. Visit us at http://www.olukai.com.