Join author Sydney Lehua Iaukea for the official launch of Kekaʻa: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui at the Lahaina Public Library this Saturday, November 1 at noon.
Sydney Iaukea’s impeccably researched account of the origins and subsequent development of North Beach West Maui is more that just a scholarly monograph. It is a story that chronicles both the Hawaiian history of the ʹaina as well as the waves of grass roots movements that sought to preserve precious spaces for future public use. Iaukea’s personal connection to and love for this land is interwoven with the community’s personalities and the decisions of Maui’s county government. Kekaʹa is a memoir of one place and a guide map for those still trying to save other spaces in Hawaiʹi. Read the Maui Time article featuring Kekaʹa.
Kekaʻa: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui
written by Sydney Lehua Iaukea
2014 | 312 pages
Paper | ISBN 978-0-8248-5143-9 | $20.00
Distributed for North Beach-West Maui Benefit Fund
Michigan Tech University anthropology professor Carol A. MacLennan is back in Hawai‘i to continue research on the environmental history of Pearl Harbor. While here she will discuss her recent book, Sovereign Sugar: Industry and Environment in Hawai‘i, which examines the transformative role of sugar manufacture on Hawai‘i’s cultural, socioeconomic, and natural landscapes.
Thursday, October 16, 3:00 p.m.
UH Mānoa Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series
“The Consumption of Land and Lives: Hawai‘i’s Evolving Plantation Landscape”
Location: Crawford Hall 115
Click here for the event flyer.
Thursday, October 23, 7:30 p.m. (Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.)
Hawaiian Historical Society Lecture Presentation
“Hawai‘i’s Sugar Islands, Lessons from the Landscape”
Location: Kana‘ina Building (Old Archives Building), ‘Iolani Palace Grounds
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Thursday, October 30, 12 noon
UH Mānoa Center for Biographical Research Brown Bag Biography Series
“Hawai‘i Sugarʻs Big Five: A Corporate Biography”
Location: Henke Hall 325
FREE PUBLIC EVENT
University of Houston historian Dr. Gerald Horne, author of Fighting in Paradise: Labor Unions, Racism, and Communists in the Making of Modern Hawai‘i will lead off the Third Annual LaborFest Hawai‘i held this Friday, September 19, starting at 6:00 p.m. at ARTS at Marks Garage. The gathering will bring together scholars, workers (both union and non-union), organizers, and interested individuals to offer multiple perspectives of working-class culture and celebrate Hawai‘i’s important labor history.
Dr. Horne’s talk will be followed by that of labor journalist/lawyer Steve Early and a panel discussion. Panelists include:
- William Puette, faculty director of UH West O‘ahu’s Center for Labor Education & Research;
- Jonathan Dial, Graduate Student Organization advocacy chair;
- Jim Dator, professor and director of the Hawai‘i Research Center for Futures Studies, UHM Department of Political Science;
- Susan Schultz, professor of English, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
6:00 – 6:30 Reception, pupu and music
6:30 – 7:00 Professor Gerald Horne presentation
7:00 – 7:30 Steve Early presentation
7:30 – 8:00 Panel of students, adjunct faculty, professors, teachers and other public workers respond.
8:00 – 8:30 Ray Catania and Bart Dame discuss the fight for a raise in the minimum wage.
8:30 Audience discussion plus resolutions and feedback for the 4th Annual LaborFest Hawaii.
The event is free and open to the public. There will also be a cash bar at the event.
As part of First Friday Hawaii’s Honolulu Art Gallery Walk, on September 5, from 6 to 9 p.m., journalist Denby Fawcett will sign copies of Secrets of Diamond Head: A History and Trail Guide at ARTS at Marks Garage in conjunction with its current “36 Views of Leahi” exhibit. Presented in the spirit of Hokusai’s and Hiroshige’s “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji,” the exhibit was juried by Masami Teruoka, who selected the best of the submitted art pieces depicting Honolulu’s iconic landmark.
The following day, September 6, at 1:00 p.m., Denby will be at Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center, to again autograph her definitive guide to the volcanic crater’s colorful past. To read more about the backstory of Secrets of Diamond Head, which is distributed by UH Press, see Civil Beat‘s August 21 story and the fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of Diamond Head’s tunnels in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser‘s August 13 feature [login required to read the full story].
Please join us on Sunday, August 10, 2 to 4 p.m., at Native Books/Nā Mea Hawai‘i, as UH-Mānoa history professor John Rosa gives an illustrated talk on his book, Local Story: The Massie-Kahahawai Case and the Culture of History. He will discuss how he researched the book and why the 1931-1932 case continues to have relevance in today’s Hawai‘i. While other books have told the “true crime” details of this case before, Dr. Rosa retells the story and shows how this narrative explains the beginnings of a non-white, “local” identity among Hawai‘i’s working-class people.
Light refreshments will be provided at the free presentation and books will be available for purchase and signing. Native Books is located at the ‘ewa end of Ward Warehouse (1050 Ala Moana Blvd.); phone: 808-596-8885.
Read more about Dr. Rosa’s research on the book in Kaunānā, UH-Mānoa’s online research publication. Also, listen to his April 2014 interview on HPR2‘s The Conversation.
2014 | 176 pages | 978-0-8248-3970-3 | Paper | $19.99