ʻIke: Historical Transformations

October 13, 2009
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Here’s the press release for Ike: Historical Transformations presentation coming up on Saturday, October 24th. Download a pdf.

Pics of the event on Flickr

This event also officially launches ‘Imi Pono Projects, a new site with a somewhat related but new emphasis which will fold over from Statehood Hawaii.

Statehood Hawaii will continue with the research and its goals, and the blog will be accessible from both the Statehood Hawaii and ‘Imi Pono Projects website.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 13, 2009

Contact: Arnie Saiki– Project Director, ‘Imi Pono Projects
Phone: (808) 218-4367
E-mail: arnie@imipono.org,

ʻIKE: HISTORICAL TRANSFORMATIONS:
READING HAWAI’I’S PAST TO PROBE ITS FUTURE

HONOLULU, HI— Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and ʻImi Pono Projects, are sponsoring a public panel discussion with leading historians, academics and activists on the history of Hawaii’s political transformations.

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

  • 1. 10am-12:00pm: Recovering our Political Past while Probing towards the Future.
  • 2. 12:30pm-2:30pm: History of Hawaiian Political Activism: 1887 to the Present.
  • 3. 3:00pm-5:00pm: International Routes: De-occupation, Decolonization, and the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Where: Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies
2645 Dole St. Honolulu, HI 96822

Info: Attendance is free. Light refreshments will be provided.

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

‘Imi Pono Projects is launching an “after-statehood” series, where we will probe issues of our Hawai’i national identity. As we begin to address our future from the perspective of economics, trade, tourism, labor, commerce, legislation, etc, this series attempts to lay a foundation on which we can discuss and further understand our options for an independent national identity.

ʻŌlelo will document and broadcast this event, and it will also be streamed on the Imipono.org website and archived with the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.

Participants include: (in alphabetical order) Kamana Beamer, Kekuni Blaisdell, Lynette Cruz, Lorenz Gonschor, Noelani Goodyear-Ka’Opua, Ikaika Hussey, Sydney Lehua Iaukea, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Terri Kekoolani, Maivân Clech Lâm, Soli Niheu, Jon Osorio, Keanu Sai, and Kūhiō Vogeler.

1. Recovering our Political Past while Probing towards the Future. 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 historical moments that substantially helped shape those transformations. Through presentations of historical speeches and articles, we recover some of the decisions that produced the transformations, and consider how that applies to the present and our future.
Co-sponsored by Ka Lei Maile Ali’i Hawaiian Civic Clubs. 10:00 am.

2. History of Hawaiian Political Activism: 1887 to the Present. Presenters 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. Presenters will exploring some of the various political groups in the 19th century Hawaiian Kingdom, the Ku’e petitions, the inception of the sovereignty movement, land struggles, the 1993 Tribunal, as well as contemporary examples leading up to how current political activism might redefine the map of Hawai’i's political future.
Co-sponsored by M.A.N.A. and Ka Pakaukau. 12:30 pm.

3. International Routes: De-occupation, Decolonization, and the U.N. 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 Kanaka Maoli Tribunal Komike. 3:00 pm.

‘Ike: Historical Transformations is presented by Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and ‘Imi Pono Projects, with assistance from Ka Lei Maile Ali’i Hawaiian Civic Club, Kanaka Maoli Tribunal Komike, Ka Pakaukau.

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