Screening of "Longing for Hawai'i" and Q&A with Filmmaker Katia Kalei Barricklow and Hawai`'i Historian Dr. Ron Williams, Jr.
More than two thirds of Native Hawaiians live on the US mainland and not Hawai'`i. One east coast `'ohana’s journey into the past uncovers a hidden family connection to the Kingdom of Hawai’i. This short documentary film is a personal journey filled with resilience in the face of colonial erasure. Once forgotten heroes are honored with connections strengthened by transgenerational aloha. A testament to the enduring legacy of Hawaiian nationalism that bridges Hawai`i to the US mainland with voices from the past.
The journey is one from Kalihi Valley to Silicon Valley. The chief evangelist of Canva and the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast has graciously agreed to a sit down with Hālāwai President and Inspired Money Podcast Host Andy Wang.
We'll revisit Guy's book The Art of The Start 2.0 in the time of COVID. If we're lucky we may even be regaled with stories of what it was like for a local boy to be working for Steve Jobs in 1984. Anything can happen. Join us for a special visit and what is likely to be miso soup for the soul.
Guy Kawasaki, Guy was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1954. His family lived in a tough part of Honolulu called Kalihi Valley. They weren’t rich, but he never felt poor because his parents made many sacrifices. Guy attended Iolani School where he graduated in 1972. Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva and the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast. He has written Wise Guy, The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and eleven other books.
Andy Wang, is a Managing Partner at Runnymede Capital Management and host of Inspired Money, named by Forbes as a Top 10 Personal Finance Podcast. His Hawaiian name, Kūlana, was given to him by songwriter, hula teacher and Hawaiian cultural authority, Auntie Nona Beamer. Andy has performed Hawaiian music, solo or with other musicians, at a variety of events and venues in the New York tri-state area and Hawaii. His music has been featured by Hawaiian Airlines and national television networks.
This interactive 3-session presentation and talk-story with award-winning author and artist, Caren Loebel-Fried, that featured her newest book, Manu, The Boy Who Loved Birds. This Mauli Ola Virtual Gathering provided an opportunity for the Hālāwai community to meet one another and gather around this beautiful story about a boy who learns about the legacy of his name and and his future quest.
Manu, the Boy Who Loved Birds can be purchased from the Volcano Art Center (where signed copies are available)
Did you know Hawai`i Independence Day was a National Holiday from 1847 to 1903? Last year, Senator J. Kalani English introduced a bill that would reinstate Lā Kū`oko`a as a state holiday. Hawaii Tourism Authority, President and CEO John de Fries, recently acknowledging that the localism of a Hawaiian Kingdom might have helped. We hosted a participatory forum on the economic recovery, cultural values, and the identity of Hawai`i with Panelists Ikaika Hussey, Dr. Ron Williams, Jr., Kaina Quenga, Keoni DeFranco, and Kris Kato.
Wally Olins on the branding of nations
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Reinstating a historical Hawaii state holiday could replace Good Friday
Senator Kalani English drafted the bill to make La Ku’oko’a day a holiday in Hawaii.
Lā Kūʻokoʻa: We Are What We Celebrate
November 28 is Lā Kūʻokoʻa, a kingdom holiday celebrating the independence of the Hawaiian kingdom.
Group hopes to see new economy emerge based on Hawaiian values
A new group that wants to reboot Hawaii’s tourist-based economy in the era of the new coronavirus announced a four-step plan Tuesday to come up with ideas by August based on Native Hawaiian cultural values.
Rethinking our COVID-19 response.
Hawai`i State Archives
The Hawaii State Archives has been making digitized versions of collection materials since 2007, concentrating on the most requested material, indexes, and fragile materials.
The Hawaiian Kingdom
Aloha and welcome to the Hawaiian Kingdom, an internationally recognized country under U.S. occupation.
The Nation of Hawai`i
For the first time in 25 years, the Nation of Hawai’i is accepting and encouraging digital applications for citizenship from Kanaka — whether residing in Hawai’i or abroad — and non-Kanaka.
Nā `Ōiwi NYC
Nā `Ōiwi NYC is a Native Hawaiian educational group based in New York City.
Hawaii Community Bail Fund
In celebration of Lā Kūʻokoʻa in solidarity with occupied Hawaiʻi, HCBF is carrying out a mass bailout across. If you have a loved one in pre-trial detention please fill out this form.
Our Hālāwai 'ohana Sara Saltman led a night of mo'olelo to kick off the Halloween weekend festivities. This Mauli Ola virtual gathering featured a mo'olelo workshop where each 'ohana made their own mo'olelo book!
It was definitely a night of belly laughs with Emmy Award-winning producer and comedian Ed Pokropski (@epopski) hosting island boys Kevin Yamada (@kevin.yamada) and Misha Han (@himishahan) for our first-ever Hālāwai Mauli Ola Virtual Comedy Show!
During this workshop, we built scents from memory with Roger Alcain, founder of MĀHŪ. We reminisced about childhood memories, travels across the ponds, and our first leis, and we'll built scents that brought them all back.
Roger J. Alcain is a dreamer with a passion for life, a travel addict with an endless curiosity to see and learn. He was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai'i in the town of Kona and is currently based in New York City. The idea behind his brand Māhū and it's products comes from a wish to share a piece of himself and where he comes from with the world. He believes that everyone's happy space should be celebrated, and that being in between is a wonderful place to be!
For this gathering, we screened two incredible shorts by filmmakers Joe Wilson and Dean Hammer who also joined us for a Q&A.
The first short film, THE ROGERS, is an intimate glimpse into the lives of those who formed the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific Islands - The Rogers of Samoa – as they build an outside oven, seek romance, and prepare to perform a traditional men’s dance in public. While still facing many obstacles, their stories illustrate the power that come when those rejected by society create their own community.
The Rogers is still streaming on PBS with another film Aotearoa and we'd also recommend learning more about the topics highlighted in these films and many more like them with the discussion guide, which provides the audience with additional resources and topics of discussion to really immerse yourself in these stories.
References from the discussion:
Ka Wā Ma Mua, Ka Wā Ma Hope. Film is a powerful medium that helps us understand our past and imagine our future. Hawaiʻi’s rich and complex story is often overlooked for its exotic beaches and ice cold mai tais. This historical re-imagining was inspired by pivotal moments in Hawaiʻi’s history.
The year 2018 marked 125 years since the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and today, the Native Hawaiian people are still fighting to protect what is important. This film dives into the final days of Hawaiʻi as a Kingdom and honors the many that fought for justice and aloha.
-Ty Sanga, Director
We celebrated Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea with the screening of the award winning short film HAE HAWAIʻI, followed by a Q&A with the film's director Ty Sanga and co-producer LĀiana Kanoa-Wong.
Hae Hawaiʻi is a historical drama about the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Loyalists to the crown preserve what is left of their dissolved kingdom. They recruit a young Hawaiian thief to safeguard the unifying symbol of the people, the Hawaiian flag.
You can watch the full film here and our Q&A below.
Yuri Kochiyama was a lifelong political activist who supported a wide range of social justice and human rights movements more than fifty years, including the civil rights and antiwar movements and the fight for fight for ethnic studies, the anti-apartheid movement, the struggle for Puerto Rican independence, reparations for Japanese Americans, African Americans and Native Americans, the rights of political prisoners in the United States, nuclear disarmament, and movements for racial and economic justice and sovereignty all over the world.
Joining us to discuss her legacy and share was her granddaughter Akemi Kochiyama, co-coordinator of the Yuri Kochiyama Archives Project and co-editor of Passing It On: A Memoir by Yuri Kochiyama (2004, UCLA Asian American Studies Center Press).
Learn more about Yuri:
This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with The City Council.