The Value of Hawai‘i

The Value of Hawai’i for SEPT 30

Aloha kakou,

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the amazing We Value Hawai’i: Art/Music/Dialogue event on Saturday. The afternoon was full of people of all ages talking to each other, learning from each other, and making incredibly cool stuff–books, prints, buttons, videos, even bike lanes! And the art/literary/music/slam poetry/activist/nightlife/political scene came together full force for an incredible discussion from 6-8 pm on the topic of valuing the arts and education, with Kim Coco Iwamoto, Colleen Hanabusa, Neil Abercrombie, and Reps. Marcus Oshiro and Tom Brower.
Check out our facebook page:  “The Value of Hawai’i Discussion Group” for some photos.

How much can one book do? We’re not stopping in our determination to make these important community conversations happen, on all sorts of topics and all over Hawai’i (and online–follow us @valuehawaii #wevalueHI). This week we have two big events coming up, both free and open to the public:

The Value of Hawai’i Teach-In Series: An Introduction
SEPT 30, 12 noon to 1:10 pm
Kuykendall 410, UH Manoa
VH Teach-in Press Release
Value of Hawaii FINAL flier

We wanted to create a special opportunity for students, faculty, and other members of the UH Manoa community to meet and talk with contributors from the book. Nearly all of our writers have agreed to participate in this 5-week series, co-sponsored by the UHM Chancellor’s Office. The first session starts this Thursday, featuring CARLOS ANDRADE (Hawaiian Studies), TOM COFFMAN (Writer/Journalist/Filmmaker), CRAIG HOWES (Center for Biographical Research), and JON OSORIO (Hawaiian Studies). These four writers/thinkers/musicians have written The Value of Hawai’i essays titled “Haena,” “Reinventing Hawaii,” “an Introduction,” and “Hawaiian Issues,” respectively, and will speak on issues that range from Hawaiian sovereignty to the history of Hawai’i's statehood, vacation homes in Kauai to the power of music and olelo Hawai’i. Join us for an introduction and overview of the most-talked about book in Hawai’i. Bring your questions and thoughts with your brownbag lunch–our two contributors Carlos Andrade and  and two co-editors Craig Howes and Jon Osorio will be more than happy to listen and talk with you.

The Economy
SEPT 30, 7-8 pm
Ching Conference Center, Chaminade University

Worried talk of “the Economy” has settled over our state like a dark and ominous cloud that covers everyone and everything. That phrase works some powerful magic these days, but what are the real issues? And how does the economy effect other issues like education and government? Chaminade is also organizing a special series on The Value of Hawai’i, pairing contributors from the book with other perspectives from the community. On Thursday, Sumner La Croix (who wrote “The Economy” in our book) will be speaking alongside Paul Brewbaker (economist and Bank of Hawaii vice-president) and Scott Schroeder (Dean of Professional Studies at Chaminade). For a free excerpt of Sumner La Croix’s essay, please visit Civil Beat, at

Please see the attached fliers for more information on these two events, and the larger series each event is a part of. Save the dates!

If you haven’t seen the book yet, there are lots of free excerpts online, and more on the way. Check our website [] for more details and our complete event calendar. Please help us get the word out about these events by forwarding this email to people and groups you think may be interested in talking about the current state of Hawai’i, and visions for our shared future. We look forward to seeing you again.

me ke aloha,
Aiko Yamashiro
Project Director for The Value of Hawai’i