Monday, October 18, 2010

Special Event Series - The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future

An announcement from
Aiko Yamashiro, Project Director for The Value of Hawai'i

The Value of Hawai'i Teach-In Series: Ka Nohona: The Arts, Homelessness, Race, and Agriculture
12 noon to 1:10 pm
Kuykendall 410, UH Manoa

We wanted to create a special event series for students, faculty, and other members of the UH Manoa community to meet and talk with contributors from The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future, the most-talked-about local book this year. Nearly all our contributors have agreed to participate in this 5-week Teach-In series, co-sponsored by the UHM Chancellor's Office. This is an excellent opportunity if you are reading or teaching the book to come down and ask questions of the authors.

This week's topics will center on the ways of life via the arts, homelessness, race, and agriculture. Why are the arts undervalued, and what responsibilities do artists have to society? How is homelessness a cultural and colonial problem, and how can the framework of family help us think about this? Why are race relations in Hawai'i so important, and what else it at stake besides the usual haole vs. local? Sustainability is a very trendy topic right now--but what would it mean for Hawai'i to really be food-sustainable? What are we sustaining?

Featuring Marilyn Cristofori (Hawai'i Arts Alliance), John P. Rosa (History), Charles Reppun (Waiahole Farms), and Trisha Kehaulani Watson (Honua Consulting).

Bring your questions and thoughts with your brownbag lunch, and our contributors will be more than happy to listen and talk with you. And please come early for seats, these sessions have been very well attended.
The Value of Hawai`i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future
Edited by Craig Howes and Jon Osorio
A Biography Monograph, published by UH Press, July 2010

How did we get here? Three-and-a-half-day school weeks. Prisoners farmed out to the mainland. Tent camps for the migratory homeless. A blinkered dependence on tourism and the military for virtually all economic activity. The steady degradation of already degraded land. Contempt for anyone employed in education, health, and social service. An almost theological belief in the evil of taxes.

At a time when new leaders will be elected, and new solutions need to be found, the thirty-one contributors to The Value of Hawai`i outline the causes of our current state and offer points of departure for a Hawai`i-wide debate on our future.

The Value of Hawai'i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future

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