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WE VALUE HAWAII: ART/MUSIC/DIALOGUE

Aloha kakou,

We hope to see you tomorrow for one of our largest events of the year! It will be all-day fun: come early and come often! *NEW* details on speakers and performances below.

me ke aloha,

Aiko Yamashiro
We Value Hawai’i

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We Value Hawai’i: Art/Music/Dialogue
Saturday, Sept. 25, 1 pm–1 am
Fresh Café, 831 Queen Street, Honolulu
Free and all ages until 8 pm, 18+ and $5 cover after 8 pm.

Support local art and music with an all-day, all-ages celebration of the creative arts in Hawai’i.

From 1-6 pm, join us for activities and performances: hands-on printmaking and digital media workshops, multi-media art and graffiti art installations, slam poetry, bands, and more. Sustainable activities include bicycle workshops and a demonstration of an aquaponics system (fish poop and all!). In the afternoon, our friends will be running workshops, activities, and informational booths: Kanu Hawaii, Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, TinFish Press, Hawaii Capital Cultural Coalition, Girl Fest, PASS, KAHEA, The Hawaii Independent, and Distro. Voter registration all day long!

Our performances will feature The Jump Offs, Black Square, Youth Speaks Hawaii, Monkey Waterfall, Stephen Agustin, Jon Osorio, Deep Throat, Narwhal, Big Mox, and others.
Winners for the two $500 “If Not Now When” CMA grant awards for Hawai’i-based visual artists and musicians to be announced at the event. /stepup/awards/

At 6:00 pm, join scholars, activists, and politicians for an important discussion and re-visioning of the future of the arts in Hawai‘i. Featuring Jon Osorio, Mari Matsuda, Ramsay Taum, Neil Abercrombie, Kim Coco Iwamoto, Colleen Hanabusa, Marcus Oshiro, and Tom Brower. Bring your questions and stories and let your voice be heard!

Panel discussion will be live-streamed, thanks to The Hawaii Independent:  http://thehawaiiindependent.com

Ask any teacher or artist or writer–in Hawai’i, these days there is less and less support and money for the arts, both in public education and afterward. As a result, we are experiencing a mass migration of creative people, especially younger artists and musicians, who are leaving Hawai’i for better opportunities elsewhere.
As one young local visual artist puts it, “I feel like I don’t have a future here, and my children don’t have a future here. What can I do?”


For more information, visit /events/wevaluehawaii

>>We value Hawai’i, and we’re not going anywhere.<<

Co-sponsored by The Hawai’i Council for the Humanities, The Center for Biographical Research, Creative Modern Activism Hawaii, Flux Hawaii, and Fresh Cafe.
In conjunction with The Value of Hawai’i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future published by UH Press.

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$500 grant for visual artists and musicians, APPLY NOW!

Calling all Hawaii-based artists and musicians!  Apply to the Creative Modern Activism Hawaii “If Not Now When” grant award.

Artists who can demonstrate a commitment to Hawai‘i and a commitment to her/his/their community and/or craft are urged to apply.

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED to Wed, Sept. 22.

Details here: /stepup/awards/

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Reinventing Hawai’i and Law & the Courts (Sept 23)

Announcement: The Value of Hawai’i–Reinventing Hawai’i and Law & the Courts (Sept 23)

You are invited to meet, talk with, and ask questions of The Value of Hawai’i contributors this Thursday, Sept 23, in a special session hosted by online news site, Civil Beat [www.civilbeat.com], as part of their ongoing feature on “The Value of Hawaii.” We hope you will join us to discuss the current state of Hawaii, with a focus on government, law and the courts, Native Hawaiian political activism, and statehood.

The sessions are free and open to the public, but please RSVP to beatup@civilbeat.com so our hosts can plan to accommodate the number of people who’ll attend. Books will also be available for purchase.

  • Date: Thursday, September 23
  • Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kaimuki Plaza, 3465 Waialae Ave #200, Honolulu, HI 96816
  • Speakers: Tom Coffman and Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie

Civil Beat has published free excerpts of the following essays from The Value of Hawai’i on the free portion of their site, in preparation for this discussion. Please visit any of the following links to read the excerpts.

Tom Coffman on “Reinventing Hawaii”

http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2010/08/30/3861-the-value-of-hawaii-reinventing-hawaii-by-tom-coffman/

Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie on “Law and the Courts”
http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2010/09/13/4440-the-value-of-hawaii-law-and-the-courts-by-melody-kapilialoha-mackenzie/

We hope to see you there!

To learn about our previous Value of Hawaii Beatups, please follow these links to summaries and video: A Second Night on ‘The Value of Hawaii’ and A Night on ‘The Value of Hawaii’ .

SPEAKER BIOS:

Tom Coffman is an independent researcher, writer, and documentary producer. He moved to Hawaii in 1965, and began his work as a newspaper reporter, first for the Honolulu Advertiser and then the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He also worked as a field coordinator for the Honolulu Community Action Program. Books by Tom Coffman include Catch A Wave, Nation Within, and The Island Edge of America. Films include O Hawaii, Nation Within, and First Battle: The Battle for Equality in Wartime Hawaii. A written biography of the labor lawyer Ed Nakamura, And Justice for All, is soon to be released by the University of Hawaii Press, and a new documentary film, Ninoy Aquino and the Rise of People Power, is being distributed nationally by PBS.

Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie is an Associate Professor and Director of Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Mānoa. After serving as a law clerk to Hawaii Supreme Court Chief Justice William S. Richardson, she joined the staff of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, a public interest law firm advancing Native Hawaiian rights. Prof. MacKenzie is chief editor for the second edition of the Native Hawaiian Rights Handbook, and has litigated cases dealing with Hawaiian lands, asserting traditional and customary rights, and defending the constitutionality of Hawaiian programs.

This event is co-sponsored by The Center for Biographical Research, The Hawaii Council for the Humanities, and Civil Beat. For more events on The Value of Hawai’i, please visit /events

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Panel on Hawaiian Issues, the Environment, and the Military on Sun, 9/12

Announcement: Panel on Hawaiian Issues, the Environment, the Military in Hawaii. Sept 12, 3-5 pm

[Quoting from Revolution Books:]

Revolution Books is proud to sponsor a Panel featuring three contributors to the recently released book, “The Value of Hawai`i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future” on Sunday, September 12, at 3pm. Here’s the basic information

Panel/Book Launching
“The Value of Hawai`i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future”
edited by Craig Howes and Jon Osorio

Sunday, September 12, 3pm
at Revolution Books

2626 South King Street
http://www.revolutionbookshonolulu.org


Panel featuring:
Jon Osorio (an overview of the book and Hawaiian Issues)
Pat Tummons (on Hawai`i’s environment)
Kathy Ferguson (on the millitary in Hawai`i)

This is an amazing book that presents a real sweep of Hawai`i’s past, and key issues facing Hawai`i now and in the future. The book features short essays by 32 contributors. Each is accessible and hard-hitting, and written in a way that is sure to provoke conversation in homes and classrooms across Hawai`i and beyond.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from three of the contributors to The Value of Hawai`i. We are especially pleased that a store supporter has offered to bring Pat Tummons to O`ahu to share in this panel, providing us all with a rare opportunity to hear one of the few investigative journalists who is consistingly sounding the alarm about what is happening to Hawai`i’s ecosystem, exposing exploiters and criminals, and speaking out for a sustainable future.

As is usual at all forums at Revolution Books, there will be time for Q&A following the presentations, and then an informal opportunity to speak with contributors over refreshments immediately afterwards. We will also have copies of the books for sale at a 10% discount, which you can have signed.

There is no admission. Free parking is available at the front and adjacent to the store.

DOWNLOAD A FLIER: revolution books flier 9,12<—

Following is the description of the book from the jacket, along with a short bio about each featured panelist.

“The Value of Hawai`i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future”How did we get here? Three-and-a-half-day school weeks. Prisoners farmed out to the mainland. Tent camps for the migratory homeless. The steady degradation of already degraded land.

“The contributors to “The Value of Hawai`i” outline the origins of our current state, and offer points of departure for a Hawai`i’s wide debate on our future. The brief essays address a wide range of topics – Educaiton, the Environment, Hawaiian Issues, Tourism, the Arts, Political Culture, Law, Labor, the Military, Transporation, Homelessness, and many more – but the contributors share a belief that taking stock of where we are right now, what we need to remember, and what we need to preserve an to change, is the challenge that all of us must face now.”

Short Bios

Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwa`ole Osorio is Professor of Hawaiian Studies at UH-Manoa, a historian of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and a practicing musician and composer. He has been an advocate for the restoration of Hawai`i’s political independence and writes about the sovereignty movement.

Patricia Tummons is a career journalist. She has written for Environment Hawai`i since 1990, winning many awards for her hard-hitting reports on Hawai`i’s environmental problems. She makes her home in Hilo.

Kathy Ferguson is Professor of Political Science and Women’s Studies at UH-Manoa. She is co-author of “Oh, Say, Can You See? The Semiotics of the Military in Hawai`i”. She is currently writing a book on Emma Goldman.

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Updated Event Calendar as of 9/3/10

Aloha,

We’ve had a couple of very exciting events the past few days, at Civil Beat and UHM’s Women Studies Colloquium Series. It is both refreshing and inspiring to hear people speak very intelligently and critically about important issues in Hawai‘i, and then to experience the *buzz* afterward as the room comes alive with energy — we all want to talk and express frustration, to make connections, and then to really do something.

Please check out our events calendar (updated as of 9/3/10) for a list of what’s coming next. And check back here often, as we’re continuing to schedule even more.

If you haven’t connected with us on Facebook, that’s a good way to keep informed of schedule updates and connect with other organizations and people involved in the book. And if you are on Twitter, follow us @valuehawaii–we “live tweet” many of our events and want to hear from you!

me ke aloha,
The Value of Hawai‘i Hui

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Civil Beat discussion on The Economy, Tourism, and Agriculture, today 9/2.

You are invited to meet, talk with, and ask questions of The Value of Hawai’i contributors this Thursday, Sept 2, in a special session hosted by online news site, Civil Beat [www.civilbeat.com], as part of their ongoing feature on “The Value of Hawaii.” We hope you will join us to discuss the current state of Hawaii, with a focus on the economy, tourism and agriculture.

The sessions are free and open to the public, but please RSVP to beatup@civilbeat.com so our hosts can plan to accommodate the number of people who’ll attend. Books will also be available for purchase.

  • Date: Thursday, September 2
  • Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Kaimuki Plaza, 3465 Waialae Ave #200, Honolulu, HI 96816
  • Speakers: Charles Reppun, Ramsay Remigius Mahealani Taum, Sumner La Croix

Civil Beat has published excerpts of the following essays from The Value of Hawai’i on the free portion of their site, in preparation for this discussion. Please visit any of the following links to read the excerpts.

If you missed our previous The Value of Hawai’i Beatup with Craig Howes, Jonathan Osorio and Chad Blair, follow this link to the summary and video.

We hope to see you there!

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See you at The Value of Hawaiʻi Book Launch tomorrow!

What do we value about Hawai’i, and what needs to be done to protect what we value?
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.

Newly released in July 2010 by UH Press, The Value of Hawai’i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future is a collection of twenty-nine essays on topics that range from government to tourism, transportation to homelessness, agriculture, the arts, Hawaiian sovereignty, etc. For more information on the book, please see the UH Press website.

Please join us this Sunday at Native Books, Ward Warehouse, 3­-5 pm,
to celebrate the launch of this book and increasing public discussion on the value of Hawai’i. Many of our contributors will be available for signing and talk story. There will also be ‘ono food, and live music by Jon Osorio, and we will be announcing the wide range of events we have planned for the fall.

For more information on our events, please click on the event tab at the top of this page, or call 956-3774.

Free and open to the public, family and friends are welcome.

Me ke aloha,

Craig Howes and Jon Osorio

Co-editors of The Value of Hawai‘i

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The Value of Hawaiʻi: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future is available online at the UH Press website.

Website: http://thevalueofhawaii.wordpress.com
Facebook: “The Value of Hawai‘i Discussion Group”
Email: thevalueofhawaii@gmail.com
Twitter: valuehawaii (#wevaluehi)

All events co-sponsored by the The Center for Biographical Research and Hawai’i Council for the Humanities.

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Malama Kaua‘i Radio Show on Friday, 8/20

Tune in to KKCR on Friday, 8/20/10, from noon to 1 pm to hear Carlos Andrade and Craig Howes on the making of the book and the value of Kaua‘i.

Malama Kaua‘i is dedicated to sustainability and bringing together experts from far and near to enlighten and motivate us toward a more sustainable life for ourselves and our island community. It’s up to us to make the differences we desire. [http://www.malamakauai.org/]

Station & Streaming: KKCR (91.9 or 92.7 FM [on Kauai] and streaming live at KKCR.org).
Guest Call-in Numbers: (808) 826-7774 or (808) 826-7771.

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Radio show today, 8/18, on Water and Sovereign Ground

The Value of Hawai’i contributors D. Kapua’ala Sproat and Dana Naone Hall will be featured on the Nā ‘Ōiwi ‘Ōlino radio show today, 8/18, speaking on the topics of Water and Sovereign Ground. The show airs 7-8 am and then again 5-6 pm on AM940.

Nā ‘Ōiwi ‘Ōlino – People Seeking Wisdom is a weekday morning radio program presented by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and hosted by Randy Hudnall. You can listen live on their website and also statewide via Oceanic Cable Digital Channel 856.

Here is the link: http://www.naoiwiolino.com/

If you’d like to share your response to the show, please leave a comment here or on our Facebook page, or tweet us @valuehawaii (#wevalue).

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BOOK LAUNCH this Sunday, Aug 22!

Books are out, they’re being read and talked about, but we’re still going to have a party!

Please join us for our official book launch in celebration of the The Value of Hawai‘i on Sunday, Aug 22, from 3-5 pm at Native Books (Ward Warehouse).

A good number of our contributors will be there for book signings and general talk story, and we will be enjoying live music by Jon Osorio. We will also be sharing information about a number of upcoming events for the fall. The launch is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call (808)956-3774, visit us on Facebook, or email us.

Facebook: “The Value of Hawai‘i Discussion Group”
Email: thevalueofhawaii@gmail.com


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