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Social Change in West Maui Book Launch
August 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Join us for the book launch of Social Change in West Maui, a collection of essays that explore the histories, lands, people, and conflicts that are driving social transformation in West Maui. Edited by Bianca Isaki and Lance D. Collins.
E. Halealoha Ayau, Esq. is the former Executive Director of Hui Mālama
I Nā Kūpuna O Hawai‘i Nei and served as the first director of the State Burial
Sites Program in the Department of Land and Natural Resources, where he
drafted and helped to promulgate Hawai‘i Administrative Rules Chapter
13-300 for Human Remains and Burial Sites, and led successful efforts to
enact laws to establish the island burial councils. Raised on Hawaiian homestead
on Molokai, he attended Kamehameha Schools, the University of Redlands
(BA, 1987) and the University of Colorado (JD, 1989). He currently
works for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
Lance D. Collins is an attorney in private practice on the island of Maui.
He also holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i at
Mānoa. He was the compiler and indexer of the 17 volume Proceedings of
the Charter Commissions of the County of Maui (1966–2012). His research
interests focus on the Philippines, American colonialism in the Pacific, and
Tomone “Karen” Hanada has resided on Maui since 1988 and has seen
a lot of change occur on the island during the past 30 years. She is interested
in principled negotiation and conflict resolution processes that improve
relationships and outcomes for all stakeholders. Tomone earned her BA and
MBA degrees from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and works as a State
of Hawai‘i public servant.
Ikaika Hussey has a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University
of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is presently earning his graduate diploma in
Economics from the London School of Economics. He is a co-editor of A
Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty published
by Duke University Press, 2014 and publishes Summit Magazine.
Sydney Iaukea is from the island of Maui. She is the author of The Queen
and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawai‘i and Keka‘a: The
Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui. Sydney has a PhD in Political
Science. She is currently lecturing at Leeward Community College and the
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and is also a Senior Design Specialist at Kamehameha Schools.
Bianca Kai Isaki, Ph.D., Esq. has published on the intersections between
settler colonialism, natural resource exploitation, conservation efforts, and
houselessness in Hawai‘i. Through her legal research corporation, she works
on environmental and Hawaiian land rights issues. She also serves on the
board of KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance and teaches women’s
studies at the University of Hawai‘i.
Diane K. Letoto was a long time lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i and
founder of the Phoenix Dance Chamber Chinese Dance School of Honolulu.
She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Hawai‘i and holds a Master’s
Degree in both American Studies and Dance. Her dissertation was entitled
“Silenced Practices: A Politics of Dancescapes.” She has given a number of
presentations at academic conferences such as: “Reading the Dance as Text:
Heartbeat Hawai‘i;” (2010), “Multiculturalism and performing Cultural
Identity: Entanglement with the Indigenous” (2010), “Looking Forward/
Looking Backward: the “authentic” hula and Chinese dance in Hawai‘i”,
“Sandalwood Sojourns: Constructing Cultural Identity Through Dance”
(2005) and “Mapping Economic Structure, Tourism and Culture via Tihati
Productions, Ltd.” (2003).
Originally from Canada, Brian Richardson is a graduate of the Political
Science and Philosophy Departments at the University of Hawai‘i at
Mānoa. His fields of research include 18th century European exploration in
the Pacific, European political philosophy, and information systems in higher
education. He has written a book on the voyages of Captain Cook.