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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

Meleanna Aluli Meyer is a prizewinning multi-media artist, educator, filmmaker, author, teacher and community builder, whose paintings and other works are included in all the major collections in Hawai‘i. She graduated from Stanford with Honors in Design/Photography , and has an... 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 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