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A Letter to You in COVID-19

By Lyz Soto on April 3, 2020

Aloha mai kākou, Never has that greeting resonated so resoundingly. We give you salutations in love and community. We greet you as part of our beautiful net of compassion, gratitude, and grace. We extend our thanks to all those who are placing themselves at risk to help others in this time of crisis. We send …

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Aloha to our National Humanities Conference Guests

By Aiko Yamashiro on March 7, 2020

Aloha e nā malihini, Aloha to you, our guests, to strangers and newcomers. We are awaiting your visit with excitement. Mahalo to the Federation and National Humanities Alliance team for all their care and hard work in bringing us together. Mahalo to our co-hosts from Guåhan, Amerika Sāmoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands for their …

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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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