Welcome to the website for The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future.
For more information about the book that has launched discussion forums all over the island, please click HERE. For information on some of the community discussion events we’ve co-sponsored and co-organized in the past, check out our Events Page.
Wow, did you know Kapi‘olani Community College Library put together a research guide for the book? This is a great resource for anyone teaching the book or for those who get excited by the essays and want to learn more. There is a great collection of links and resources for each essay. You can see it here http://guides.library.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/thevalueofhawaii
Mahalo e KCC!
Lesson Plans available written for high school and college students using The Value of Hawai‘i essay collection and The Value of Hawai‘i Card Game! If you’d like to get in touch with us to talk about community events or educational curriculum, please email us. To get on our email list for information about future events, please email us with your request. You may also follow us on Twitter and join our Facebook group (search–”The Value of Hawai‘i Discussion Group).
Discussion packets from The Value of Hawai‘i panel series from the 2011 Hawai‘i Book and Music Festival can be downloaded here.
What do we value about Hawaii?
How did we get here? Three-and-a-half-day school weeks. Prisoners farmed out to the mainland. Tent camps for the migratory homeless. A blinkered dependence on tourism and the military for virtually all economic activity. The steady degradation of already degraded land. Contempt for anyone employed in education, health, and social service. An almost theological belief in the evil of taxes.
At a time when new leaders will be elected, and new solutions need to be found, the contributors to The Value of Hawai‘i outline the causes of our current state and offer points of departure for a Hawai‘i-wide debate on our future.
Read co-editor Craig Howes’ intro to The Value of Hawai’i for free. Download the Introduction (PDF).
We are grateful to those who came before us. Read some of the books (as free PDFs below) that paved the way for The Value of Hawai’i, and tell us what you think.