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Presented by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University

Mele Kia‘i Mauna

Where Creativity and Community Commitment Collide
Friday, April 16, 2021 6 PM Online
“Standing Above the Clouds” by Jalena Keane-Lee
Out of the ongoing struggle led by Native Hawaiian people to protect Mauna a Wakea (Maunakea), a movement was born and cultivated by families and cultural practitioners who have lived in relationship to this sacred land for generations. To honor these protectors and organizers, and their expression and practice of Aloha ‘Aina (“love of the land”), we highlight some of the creativity that has been inspired by this movement, and which, in turn, has inspired the kia‘i devoted to the ongoing protection of our ‘aina. Featuring Pua Case, Hawane Rios, Kapulei Flores, Kaumaka‘iwa Kanaka‘ole, Punahele Kutzen, Ihilani Lasconia, Zachary Lum, Jonathan Kamakawiwo‘ole Kay Osorio, and Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, we offer our mele and our aloha to Mauna a Wakea with the intention to continue to protect her so long as she is threatened.

Part of: Voices of Hope

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Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Curator

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