Hoʻokahe Wai,Hoʻoulu ʻĀina: Student Presentations


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Hoʻokahe Wai, Hoʻoulu ʻAina Presentation

5:15-7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 10

Hālau o Haumea, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

You are invited to attend a panel of student presentations called “Hoʻokahe wai, Hoʻoulu ʻāina” (The water flows, the land thrives). Traditional Hawaiian water management strategies and food production systems were the focus of an intensive four week research and field training program for cultural resource management held this past summer in windward Kohala, Hawaiʻi.    The student cohort “Hoʻopiliwaiola” will present their research projects and posters that focus on these resource management themes in series of adjacent ahupuaʻa named Niuliʻi, Waiʻāpuka, Makanikāhio, and Pololū.   Their student research projects will touch on the following topic areas:

  • Understanding the interconnectedness between communities and food production systems within an ahupuaʻa based on irrigation and water movement.
  • Investigating traditional place names and understanding the knowledge embedded in those names in regards to community history and sense of place.
  • Taking a critical look at the traditional role of Konohiki as locally based land managers and how that role has implications to socio-political power and resource management within a community.
  • Examining technological innovations regarding the movement of water that occurred in North Kohala as linked to the history of Kamehameha I and his rise to power.
  • Documenting arboriculture as an additional type of food and resource production system not typically accounted for in studies for Hawai’i.
  • Evaluating assumptions of ahupua’a self-sufficiency and taking a critical look at how traditional land units might have been organized and divided over time.
  • Understanding the transition from pre-to post contact in regards to Hawaiian and settler communities and their relationship to local resources.This student panel presentation is open to the public.This field program is held through a collaborative effort between University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of New Mexico Department of Anthropology, Nohopapa Hawai’i, and the Kamehameha Schools.  The goal is to bring indigenous students together from Hawaiʻi and Native American students on the continent to participate in field training centering on resource management.