For this Mauli Ola, we were proud to host Dr. Akiemi Glenn, founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project to highlight their upcoming youth programs, including Racial Justice Reel Camp for Girls a free and online reel camp for girls during the 2021 Spring Break. A collaboration with the Pōpolo Project and the UHM Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center, Hawai’i Women in Filmmaking will facilitate conversation on Racial Justice, filmmaking, and produce a short film by the end of the camp.
About the Pōpolo Project
The Pōpolo Project is a Hawai‘i-based nonprofit organization that redefines what it means to be Black in Hawai‘i and in the world through cultivating radical reconnection to ourselves, our community, our ancestors, and the land, changing what we commonly think of as Local and highlighting the vivid, complex diversity of Blackness
Dr. Akiemi Glenn, Executive Director
Akiemi is the founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project. She holds an MA and PhD in linguistics from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a BA in linguistics from New York University. Akiemi is a scholar and community worker who specializes in studying culture and facilitating community change on large and small scales. A filmmaker, artist, and cultural practitioner with genealogical ties to the forest and coastal areas currently known as North Carolina and Virginia, her research, curation, and work in Indigenous language revitalization and in community-based culture education centers the experience of diaspora and the potential of radical connection for profound change.