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Presented by Native Hawaiian Student Services (NHSS)

April 6 – 7, 2018
Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies building

with keynote presentations by Kalei Nuʻuhiwa & Punihei Lipe

The second annual Lāhui Hawaiʻi Research Center Student Conference was held on April 6 & 7, 2018 at UH Mānoa and brought together 65 presenters and almost 300 attendees over the two days. NHSS aims to bring together haumāna kanaka ʻōiwi, kumu, and the community to highlight and discuss some of the many exciting and relevant research projects that kanaka ʻōiwi have taken up in service of their lāhui.

The theme for this year’s conference was inspired by Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada’s 2015 article and blog entitled “We live in the future. Come join us.”

Kamaoli so eloquently reminds us that:

“We always have our ancestors at our back. That certainty gives us a wider possibility of movement, a more supple way to navigate through the world. Standing on our mountain of connections, our foundation of history and stories and love, we can see both where the path behind us has come from and where the path ahead leads. This connection assures us that when we move forward, we can never be lost because we always know how to get back home. The future is a realm we have inhabited for thousands of years. You cannot do otherwise when you rely on the land and sea to survive. All of our gathering practices and agricultural techniques, the patterned mat of loʻi kalo, the breath passing in and out of the loko iʻa, the Ku and Hina of picking plants are predicated on looking ahead. This ensures that the land is productive into the future, that the sea will still be abundant into the future, and that our people will still thrive into the future.

This is the future we are leading the way to, the future we are going to live in, the future our ancestors fought for, the future we still fight for. Come join us.”

To download this year’s conference program: LHRC 2018 Conference Program.

To download a Word document version of this page, please click here.

 

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