The Value of Hawai‘i

(10/26) Energy and Water (10/28) The Land, Preservation, Politics, and Health


Public Discussion on Energy and Water
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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Sustainability is one of the most talked-about words all across the country. For Hawai’i as an island state, what would it mean for us to be energy and water sustainable? How does our plantation history affect the way water is dealt with today? What particular challenges do we face, and how are we dealing with them? What is your individual responsibility to our environment, and what can we do right now?

Come for a public discussion of these important issues, and the event will also be livestreamed on for those on other islands or elsewhere.

Featuring Henry Curtis and D. Kapua’ala Sproat. Free excerpts of these essays are available online.

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

The Value of Hawai’i Teach-In Series: Ka Aina: The Land, Preservation, Politics, and Health.
12 noon to 1:10 pm
Kuykendall 410, UH Manoa

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, the most-talked-about local book this year. 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 the land, preservation, politics, and health. Who controls the fresh water in Hawai’i and why should we care? Can we really harness wind and sea power to power our cities? What does “sovereignty” mean, and what are some ways sovereignty can be enacted right now, in terms of education, land, and other issues? How has Hawai’i’s healthcare systems and policies set itself apart from the rest of the U.S., and where are the current budget cuts happening? How is cultural and historic preservation impacted by land development via construction and tourism, and how is it connected with the Kingdom of Hawai’i? How is the health of our land related to the health of our people?

Featuring Henry Curtis (Life of the Land), Sara Collins (Historic Preservation), Dana Naone Hall (Cultural and Historic Preservation and Politics), Deane Neubauer (Political Science, UHM), and D. Kapua’ala Sproat (Ka Huli Ao William S. Richardson School of Law).

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.