The Value of Hawai‘i

Events for the week of Oct 11-16

Aloha kakou,

Thank you for your interest in this important book and series of community discussion events. Here is the calendar for this coming week, and for more information, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, on facebook or email.

The Value of Hawai’i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future

Event list for the week of October 11-16, 2010


Free excerpt of “Climate Change” by Chip Fletcher, Professor at UHM Dept of Geology and Geophysics. This essay discusses a wide range of important environmental issues that are too easy to overlook, including global warming, rising sea levels, and changing rainfall.

You can find the excerpt starting Monday on


5:30 – 7:00 pm

At Civil Beat offices, Kaimuki Plaza, 3465 Waialae Ave #200, Honolulu, HI 96816 (the Central Pacific Bank Building)
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Public discussion on Public Education, The University of Hawai’i, and Prisons. Join us for a discussion of furloughs, UH administration, and the meaning and cost of “public” education. In Hawai’i and across the U.S., spending on prisons keeps growing while spending on education continues to be cut. How are these two bottom lines connected? Featuring Kat Brady, Meda Chesney-Lind, Mari Matsuda, and Neal Milner.

*This event is free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP to our hosts at Civil Beat. Please RSVP to


12 noon to 1:10 pm

Kuykendall 410, UH Manoa

The Value of Hawai’i Teach-In Series: Ke Aupuni: Government, Prisons, Law, and Public Education

We wanted to create a special event series for students, faculty, and other members of the UH Manoa community to meet and talk with contributors from The Value of Hawai’i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future. Nearly all our contributors have agreed to participate in this 5-week Teach-In series, co-sponsored by the UHM Chancellor’s Office. This is an excellent opportunity if you are reading or teaching the book to come down and ask questions of the authors.

This week’s topics will center on state government, prisons, Hawaiian law, public education, and the community of UH Manoa itself. Why are so many of our political and educational leaders the focus of public ridicule? What are the connections between prison and education budgets? Will Native Hawaiians ever find reconciliation with the U.S. through law?

Featuring Chad Blair (Journalist), Kat Brady (Community Alliance on Prisons), Meda Chesney-Lind (Women’s Studies), Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie (Ka Huli Ao, William S. Richardson School of Law), Mari Matsuda (William S. Richardson School of Law), and Neal Milner (Political Science).

Bring your questions and thoughts with your brownbag lunch, and our contributors will be more than happy to listen and talk with you. And please come early for seats, these sessions have been very well attended.


7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Chaminade University, Ching Conference Center, Eiben Hall, Second Floor

3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu.

Chaminade University presents “Domestic Violence,” the second panel discussion in a series about the book “The Value of Hawaii — Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future,” featuring Susan Hippensteele, Marguerite Simson, and Joe Allen. What are the particular challenges victims of domestic violence face in Hawai’i, and how does the small-island mentality work as double-edged sword?

Talk Story Festival #22
all weekend, Craig Howes and Jon Osorio scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, 7 pm
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In “Take A Stand Stories,” The Value of Hawai’i co-editors share stories of two inspiring political and cultural leaders. Craig Howes tells of Joseph Nawahi, so desperate to vote in Hawai’i's last legislature before the overthrow that he left Hilo in a large rowboat. Craig directs the Center for Biographical Research at UH Manoa. Jon Osorio will talk about contemporary Hawaiians who have taken a stand. Jon is a Professor of Hawaiian Studies, historian, musician, and sovereignty activist.


The Value of Hawai`i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future
Edited by Craig Howes and Jon Osorio
A Biography Monograph, published by UH Press, July 2010

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 thirty-one 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.