Welcome to the Hawaiian Culture and Knowledge Lecture Series
Hawaiians have long been an ocean people, who for the past 100 generations have traveled, navigated, and sailed to far and distant lands. It is in our the DNA to travel. In the 20th century, Hawaiians migrated to the American continent, many in search of better economic opportunities...and found them.
The innate socialability of Hawaiians on the continent led them to form civic clubs, Hula Halau(s), Hui(s) and other organizations that in part, replicated the social support found at home, while preserving their identity and connection to Hawai'i. These organizations gave Hawaiians the venue to come together to socialize, perform, and the opportunity to practice aloha, the essence of what being Hawaiian is, separated from Hawai'i by distance, not in their na'au.
"There are more Hawaiians living on the American continent then there are in Hawai'i."
Today, several generations of Hawaiian descendants live on the continent. For most of them this is their home, and yet many have an inherent desire to learn the culture of their Hawaiian ancestors. This website and the Hawaiian Cultural and Knowledge lecture series came about in an effort to help fulfill that desire. At the University of Hawai'i at Manoa alone their are over 250 Hawaiian language or Hawaiian Studies majors seeking a Bachelor's and/or Master's degree. As a result, graduate research has thus produced numerous studies and exciting research on Hawaiian culture and language.
The purpose of these lecture series is to make available to the community, especially those on the continent, the new scholarship about Hawaiian history, governance, spirituality and culture. The new research that is coming forward is a watershed, on Hawaiian perspective, values, achievements of our kupuna giving all of us a better understanding of who they were and what it means to be Hawaiian.
In an effort to make this information accessible to as many of our ohana (family), hoahanau (cousins), and hoaaloha (friends) who live on the continent, I have asked my colleagues if they would kokua (give freely) of their time and present their research to Hawaiian groups when in route to conferences on the continent. They readily agreed, as long as they could fit it into their schedule. All the host group would have to provide is a venue to meet in, audio/visual equipment (usually a projector) and a place for the presenter to stay, preferably with someone. In this way costs can be kept at a minimum, while sharing important information.
Therefore, if you have a group and would like to schedule a presentation email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, scheduling and availability will require long term planning as conferences are usually scheduled six months to a year in advance, unless you feel...lucky, never hurts to ask. So far, presentations have been conducted in San Diego, Los Angeles, Utah and even in Kahalui, Maui. Not surprisingly, knowledge has flowed both ways; with the realization that our desire to reconnect is often deeper than what we imagined.