Hawai’i: Deconstructing “Paradise”. An Intercultural Seminar Presented by Allison Brown October 24 th , 2012. Hawai’i : What comes to mind?/ Q ué te viene la mente ?. Other realities Otras realidades. Where is Hawai’i? Dónde está Hawai’i?. Where is Hawai’i? Dónde está Hawai’i?.
An Intercultural Seminar
Presented by Allison Brown
October 24th, 2012
Population: 1,374,810 (July 2011)
Distance from continental US: 2,390 miles/3,845 km
Distance from Japan: 3,850 miles/ 6,194 km
Adivinaquien soy yo?
Note: The first table is drawn from information gathered by the Department of Health, whereby ethnicity is determined by parent’s racial background. In the other table, drawn from Census data, participants self-select ethnicity.
Ahupua’a: system of land division and management, based on family units (ohana)
Sistema de administración y división de tierra, basado en lasfamilias (ohana)
“I yield to the superior force of the United States of America…Now to avoid any collision of armed forces and perhaps the loss of life, I do under protest, and impelled by said force, yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States, shall, upon being given the facts presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.”
January 17th, 1893
Queen Liliuokalani, the last queen of Hawai’i
“Socioeconomic data reveal that it is Kanaka Maoli who are suffering most in the islands. Programs and entitlements benefiting Kanaka Maoli are small steps toward reconciliation for colonization, an illegal overthrow, and annexation.” (Rohrer 2010, 100)
Culture and spirituality
Honolulu Rifles Club
Hawaii League for Annexation
Green and pink: Ceded lands held by state and federal government in public trust
Orange: Hawaiian homelands
Purple: Kamehameha Schools and Bishop Estates
Red: Liliuokalani Estate
“….Recognizing that each of us has multiple identities, that none of us is simply haole, Hawaiian, or local. Many of us claim multiple racial affiliations, in addition to an unending and always shifting host of other identities, including gender, sexuality, ability, class, age, nationality, region, and religion…Action founded on shared political commitment, on coalition across difference, that does not flatten difference, might be most effective.” (Rohrer 2010, 103)
Rohrer, Judy (2010), Haoles in Hawai’i, Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press.
Trask, Haunani-Kay (1999), From A Native Daughter: Colonialism and sovereignty in Hawai’i, Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press.
Howes, Craig and Jon Osorio (eds) (2010), The Value of Hawai’i: Knowing the past, Shaping the future, Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press.