New speaker series showcases Wai‘anae Coast scholars

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Tuesday, February 04 2014 @ 02:19 PM HST     Contributed by:      Views:9

Huliko‘a Kaiāulu is a new scholar speaker series created as an opportunity for Wai‘anae Coast ‘ohana to embrace higher education and celebrate examples of advanced learning in the community. The series was developed through a partnership between Kamehameha Schools, MA‘O Organic Farms (Mala ‘Ai ‘Ōpio) and UH Hawai‘inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

The name Huliko‘a Kaiāulu refers to the “explorations of the Kaiāulu breeze” which is being used to poetically represent the research of the community. The series is a talk story and knowledge sharing session for Doctoral, Masters and Undergraduate scholars to share their educational journey and research about the Wai‘anae Coast and Hawaiian cultural practices. All of the presenters are either from the Wai‘anae Coast, studying something relevant to the Wai‘anae Coast or their studies benefit the perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture.

This is a chance for our community to come out and support our future planners, lawyers, educators and professors as they continue to strive for academic excellence,” said Paula Ann Burgess-Tauala, director of the Kamehameha Schools Community Learning Center at Nānākuli (CLCN).

The first session is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25 at CLCN from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and features scholar Ileana Ruelas from Mā‘ili.

Ruelas will present the topic “Genealogy of Community Stories, Media Narratives & Legal Framing” which looks at the history of relationship to ?āina at Makua in Wai‘anae. This research traces the land struggle and cycles of community advocacy through storytelling, media, and legal framing.

“Our hope for this series is that ‘talking about college’ will be an everyday conversation in our homes,” shared Burgess-Tauala, that we change the narrative of the Coast by sharing stories of success and we promote lifelong learning.”

UH Mānoa representatives will also be available at each session to provide support regarding applications, financial aid, scholarships and admissions.

Additional presentations are scheduled for March 11th, April 15th and May 6th from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at CLCN. Speaker names and topics will be posted to Events are free and a simple dinner will be provided to attendees. An RSVP is requested to assist with planning.

For more information or to RSVP for a presentation, call 668-1517 or email CLCN is located at 89-101 Farrington Hwy. (next to Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao Public Charter School) in Nānākuli.

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