‘Ike: Historical Transformations: Reading Hawai’i’s Past to Probe Its Future

‘Ike: Historical Transformations: Reading Hawai’i’s Past to Probe Its Future

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DATE:  Saturday, October 24th, 2009, 10am-5pm


  • Kamana Beamer
  • Lorenz Gonschor
  • Kūhiō Vogeler
  • moderated by Lynette Cruz
  • Kekuni Blaisdell
  • Ikaika Hussey
  • Terri Kekoolani
  • Jon Osorio
  • J. Kehaulani Kauanui
  • Maivân Clech Lâm
  • Keanu Sai
  • moderated by Jon Osorio

and others yet to be confirmed:

Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies (Map/Directions)

2645 Dole St. Honolulu, HI 96822

Info: Attendance is free.

1. Recovering our Political Past: Who Votes? For What Political Status? As Hawaii continues to experience a series of political transformations first launched by its contact with the West and continuing now through the introduction of the Akaka Bill in the U.S. Congress, we focus on two key issues that substantially shaped those transformations: WHO made the decisions that produced the transformations, and what CHOICES did they consider and not consider? Key historical moments will be presented through speeches as might have been delivered in 1882, 1888, 1893, 1898, 1959, 2000, 2009. Presenters include Kuhio Vogeler, Kamana Beamer, Lorenz Gonshor, and others TBD. Moderated by Lynette Cruz.

Co-sponsored by Ka Lei Maile Ali’i Hawaiian Civic Clubs. 10:00 am.

2. History of Hawaiian Political Activism: 1887 to the Present. Kekuni Blaisdell, Ikaika Hussey, Terri Kekoolani, and Jon Osorio examine the various individuals and/or historical developments that were key to the several political transformations of Hawaii since Kamehameha I first established it as a united kingdom. Exploring among others, some of the various political groups in the 19th century Hawaiian Kingdom, the Ku’e petitions, the 1960 land struggles, the 1993 Sovereignty Tribunal, as well as contemporary examples as to how current political activism might redefine the map of Hawai’i’s political future.

Co-sponsored by M.A.N.A. and Kanaka Maoli Tribunal Working Group.12:30 pm.

3. International Routes: De-occupation, Decolonization and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Keanu Sai, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, and Maivan Lam discuss the modern trajectory of the Hawaiian Islands within the context of, among other topics, Hague Regulations on the law of occupation, the U.N. Decolonization Protocols, and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This panel seeks to assess the relative merits that are rooted in international relations and international law, and which offer far fuller redress for the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy than is contemplated in, for example, the U.S. Congress’ Akaka Bill.

Co-sponsored by Ka Pakaukau. 3:00 pm.

‘Ike: Historical Transformations is presented by Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and ‘Imi Pono Projects.

All times subject to change, please check back for confimation.

For more information contact arnie@imipono.org

stills/photos by Jon Brekke, unknown and David Ma

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