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Lei Lāʻī: Opening Remarks for the 2019 National Humanities Conference

By Aiko Yamashiro on March 7, 2020

November 7, 2019 I want to make you a lei. A lei is a story, about a place and a person. Each flower and material has a meaning. A personal meaning, a historical meaning. Who taught you and why. Who you make it for and why. The intention of that time and energy. The gratitude. …

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Visitor Guide for the National Humanities Conference

By Lyz Soto on March 6, 2020

Ever wonder what a travel guide to Hawaiʻi would look like if it were written by a group of humanities disciples? This is what HIHumanities provided for our guests from across the United States last November for the National Humanities Conference. E Komo Mai (welcome) National Humanities Conference Guests, We hope everyone will have a …

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What is the humanities in Hawaiʻi?

By Lyz Soto on December 17, 2019

In Hawaiʻi, we are held by so many cultures. Much of our scaffolding is decidedly American, yet Kānaka Maoli, the people first and foremost shaped by the lands of these islands, are the culture that critically defines what it means to be native to this archipelago. We are also heavily influenced by Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, …

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