TALK: Ē Luku Wale Ē April 3


Sunday, April 3, 2016
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Windward Community College

Hale ‘Ākoakoa 101-105
45-720 Kea‘ahala Road, Kāne‘ohe

‘A‘ohe ‘Ōiwi, 4.29.90, Luluku, Ē Luku Wale Ē: Devastation Upon Devastation, by Piliāmo‘o

Hānau O Ka ‘Āina, 1.20.91, Luluku, Ē Luku Wale Ē: Devastation Upon Devastation, by Piliāmo‘o

april3(1) april3(2)Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and Windward Community College presented a second TALK program that continued to look at the book Ē Luku Wale Ē: Devastation Upon Devastation to bring forth dialogue that explores recent history featuring one of the original archaeologists who worked on field research and excavations of the vast agricultural system and the Kukuiokāne heiau beneath Keahiakahoe. This discussion program explored where we are today in the field of cultural archaeology, and what is being done to take care and nurture public place and space.

Scott Williams will share his perspective on what happened before construction on the H-3 freeway began in the 1990s and talk about his role and fieldwork findings while working as the Bishop Museum’s senior staff archaeologist on the Ha‘ikū Valley side of what was to be the H-3 freeway structure. Scott currently resides in Washington state and is the cultural resources program manager of the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Kapulani Landgraf will talk about her research in the field and at repositories where artifacts and field notes from the H-3 project are contained, and how she used those resources to inform the book Ē Luku Wale Ē as well as how the project has continued to resonate in her work as an artist. Kapulani is an assistant professor of Hawaiian visual art and photography at Kapiʻolani Community College.

Kekuewa Kikiloi will present where archaeology is today after the construction of the H-3 freeway. Kekuewa represents a new generation of archaeologists who take into account indigenous knowledge, resource management and cultural revitalization while researching and studying human activity. He is an assistant professor at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Hi‘ilei Kawelo, executive director of PaePae o He‘eia, will represent the community and the rebuilding of Kāne‘ohe’s Hawaiian culture, specifically in the Ha‘ikū Valley and He‘eia region. Her perspective of caring for the land will broaden the discussion and show that what happened in the past can inspire us to continue to care for our Hawai‘i today.

More information:, (808) 469-4551

Ē Luku Wale Ē: Devastation Upon Devastation, by Piliāmo‘o, a collaborative name for photographers Mark Hamasaki and Kapulani Landgraf, visually documents sacred sites, as they were and as they are erased; to tell the history of a massive engineering project that created the H-3 freeway–a route that traverses people and cars from Hālawa Valley through the Ko‘olau range, emerging above Ha‘ikū Valley, winding its way down into Kāne‘ohe; and to visually and verbally lament the loss of what was and what had deep meaning to Native Hawaiians.



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