Legislative Hawaiian Affairs Caucus Hosts “E Kama’ilio Kākou” – Let’s Talk Story

Events feature speaker series on Kaho’olawe, Hawaiian focus Education, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Hawaiian music

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Speakers covering a wide range of Hawaiian issues and topics highlight Legislative Hawaiian Affairs Caucus Week at the Capitol, January 27-30, and will culminate in a status report to legislators from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).

“E Kama’ilio Kākou” (Let’s Talk Story) features topics ranging from “The Evolution of Modern Hawaiian Music” to “The Sexual Colonization of the Hawaiian people.” Speakers include Aaron Mahi, former director of the Royal Hawaiian Band; Hina Wong-Kalu, director of Culture at Halau Lokahi Public Charter School; Michael Naho’opi’i, executive director of Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission; and Drs. Lilikalā Kame’eleihiwa and Keali’i Gora from the UH School of Hawaiian Studies.

“These events provide a wonderful opportunity for the lawmakers and the public to learn about a range of contemporary Hawaiian issues and subjects of interest to not only Native Hawaiians but everyone in Hawaii,” said Hawaii Island Representative Faye Hanohano (Puna), chair of Ocean Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs Committee.

On Friday, January 31, lawmakers will also present certificates recognizing a number of Native Hawaiian artists including Solomon Enos, Sharon Lum Ho, Hanalei Hopfe, Minnie Ka’awaloa and Meleanna Aluli Meyer on the floor of the House of Representatives at the start of its regular session at noon. OHA will present a report to legislators from 11 to 11:30 a.m. in Conference Room 423.

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

MONDAY January 27 – Aaron Mahi, former Director of the Royal Hawaiian Band, City & County of Honolulu

Topic: “The Evolution of Modern Hawaiian Music”

Capitol Auditorium, 5:30-7 p.m.

TUESDAY January 28 – Drs. Lilikalā Kame’eleihiwa PhD & Keali’i Gora PhD, UH School of Hawaiian Studies

Topic: “The Sexual Colonization of the Hawaiian People”

Conference Room 309, 5:30-7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY January 29 – Hina Wong-Kalu, Director of Culture at Halau Lokahi Public Charter School

Topic: Mālama Iwi Kupuna; Hawaiian Focus Education; Hawaiians in the LGBT community

Capitol Auditorium, 5:30-7 p.m.

THURSDAY January 30 – Michael Naho’opi’i, Executive Director of Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission

Topic: “Status of Our Beloved Kaho’olawe Island”

Capitol Auditorium, 5:30-7 p.m.

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