The Pīko‘oko‘o 2018 Conference was held during Hilinamā 2018 on the pō ʻo Kāloapau me Kāne (October 5-6, 2018) at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Pīko‘oko‘o honors the importance of supporting our piko, which is grounded in Native Hawaiian traditions, customs, and practices, represented by the ‘aho creating the piko of an ‘ie‘ie basket or the rope binding the ‘iako to the ama of a canoe. The conference theme is based on the work of Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua’s “Reproducing the Ropes of Resistance: Hawaiian Studies Methodologies,” and honors political scholar and poet, Haunani-Kay Trask, in her concept of “ropes of resistance” from her poem “Sons.”
As described by Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua,
“Each of these four principles could also be seen as ‘aho, single cords, that when braided together form what political scholar and poet, Haunani-Kay Trask, describes as a “rope of resistance.” It is a rope that holds this wide and growing field [Hawaiian Studies] together. It provides a means of connection for our people.”
Pīkoʻokoʻo 2018 will provide a unique platform to weave their projects, teaching, and research within one of these four ‘aho of aloha ‘āina and to consider and extend what Hawaiian scholarship is and what it is to be a “Hawaiian Place of Learning.”
- Lāhui – Commitment to ensuring survivance of Kanaka Maoli as a lāhui; “who we are/who are we”
- Kuleana – understanding our positionalities and obligations; contributing member of the community
- Ea – nurturing relationships in balanced interdependence; Indigenous Resurgence
- Pono – search for & maintenance of harmonious relationships, justice, and healing; pehea lā e pono ai?
Pīkoʻokoʻo hopes to create a space where discussions, achievements, and pathways to becoming a Hawaiian Place of Learning can merge. We do not limit our discussion to presentations highlighting the successes we have made, but also seek presentations that are critical of our progress and challenge the UH Community to work harder to advance further progress.
A variety of opportunities and venues are designed to enable participants to actively learn from and collaborate with multi-disciplinary faculty, peers, and community practitioners on the research, development, and diverse learning experiences needed to be a “Hawaiian Place of Learning” .
We anticipate between 250–300 participants, including UH Mānoa faculty and staff, Kānaka community participants, and UH Mānoa and high school students.