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Monday, October 4 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hawaiian Culture – Nonfiction Authors & Film -- We Are Maunakea: Aloha ʻĀina Narratives of Protest, Protection, and Place

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The Protectors’ experiences in their own words

The lifewriting strategies of the kiaʻi (protectors) who gathered at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu in the summer of 2019 to defend Maunakea against desecration by the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).
First-hand accounts, academic reflections, creative works, photography, and interviews with kiaʻi from the 2019 front lines and members of the media team.

A Tom Coffman/Meleanna Meyer film
Maunakea Sacred Mountain

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Meleanna Aluli Meyer

Artist- educator, author and filmmaker— Meleanna Aluli Meyer has been an advocate for all things creative her whole life. As a muralist she has well over a dozen murals to her credit as po’o-artistic lead —  she is known as the “conductor” of these large projects, Their... Read More →

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Kahele Dukelow

Kahele Dukelow was born and raised on the island of Maui and is a graduate of Baldwin High School.  She holds a Bachelorʻs degree in Hawaiian Studies and a Masterʻs degree in Education.  She has been a teacher in our Kula Kaiapuni programs on Oʻahu and Maui and a professor of... Read More →
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Leilani Portillo

Leilani Portillo (they/she) is a queer Kanaka ʻŌiwi poet, potter, and artist. They were born and raised on occupied Ohlone Territory. Since moving to Hawaiʻi in 2012, they have been exploring their kuleana as a diasporic Kanaka and seek to inspire other diasporic Kanaka to return... Read More →
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Punahele

Punahele is a ghetto country moke Hawaiian from Makaha, O'ahu, who stands against anything that is harmful to the ʻāina. He is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner and Hawaiʻi’s first ever IRON MC Champion, and has been teaching community songwriting and poetry workshops to incarcerated... Read More →


Monday October 4, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm HST
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