“Hidden Hawaiʻi: A Huakaʻi through the Native Realities and Future Imaginaries behind the Touristic Sheen of Our Island Home” by Julie Kaomea of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, United States has been announced as a keynote to be presented at The 8th IAFOR International Conference on Education in Hawaii (IICE2023) and The 3rd IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities in Hawaii (IICAH2023).
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Hidden Hawaiʻi: A Huakaʻi through the Native Realities and Future Imaginaries behind the Touristic Sheen of Our Island Home
A huakaʻi is a journey taken with purpose and intention. In contrast to a pleasure-seeking tour of “must-see” attractions, our kūpuna set off on huakaʻi with humility, respect, and an open mind, allowing themselves to be moved and transformed by the people and places they meet along the way. In a similar spirit, I invite you to join in this virtual huakaʻi to the “Hidden Hawaiʻi” experienced by a group of classroom teachers and graduate students in my semester-long course in Contemporary Native Hawaiian Education. We’ll journey back in time to uncover the suppressed histories of a once flourishing and internationally recognised Hawaiian nation. We’ll lay bare the stark, contemporary realities behind the touristic sheen of glossy postcard images and expose the US military’s thinly veiled threats to our Native existence. Finally, we’ll venture to hidden kipuka or tucked away oases of aloha ʻāina that have thus far resisted the ravages of rampant capitalism and development – small sovereign spaces where Kānaka can put our hands to the soil once more to unearth, cultivate, and reimagine visions of more sovereign and sustainable, Indigenous Hawaiian futures.
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, United States
Dr Julie Kaomea is a Kanaka Maoli professor of Indigenous Education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Throughout her youth she was fed and sustained by the ʻāina momona of Heʻeia, Oʻahu, and her deep aloha for this ʻāina continues to inform and inspire her scholarship and teaching to this day. Dr Kaomea received her bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, an elementary teaching credential at the University of California, Berkeley, and both her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research in Native Hawaiian Education has been published in Educational Researcher, Curriculum Inquiry, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Qualitative Inquiry, and History of Education Quarterly. She has served as the coordinator of the University of Hawaiʻi’s PhD in Education Program in Curriculum & Instruction for ten years, and teaches graduate courses in Decolonizing Research Methodologies, Indigenous & Postcolonial Perspectives in Education, and Contemporary Native Hawaiian Education.