Traditions of the Pacific lecture series

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Traditions of the Pacific is an ongoing educational program that explores the natural and cultural history of Hawai‘i and the Pacific through dynamic lectures, workshops, fieldtrips, and films.  Everyone is welcome to attend, and Bishop Museum members receive special postcard mailings and free/discounted tuition for these events. Not a member?
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Traditions of the Pacific

Native Hawaiian Child-rearing Practices

Traditions & Insights in Native Hawaiian Child-Rearing Practices
presented Carol Titcomb, MD

Thursday, May 21, 2015
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Atherton Hālau, Bishop Museum

Building on scholarship and knowledge of many sources including writings of Mary Kawena Pukui, and discussions with Hawaiian elders, Dr. Carol Titcomb will share findings from her descriptive study about culturally-based child-rearing practices. Dr. Titcomb is a pediatrician who has practiced medicine in Wai'anae, Waimānalo and Papakōlea. She conducted this study as part of a research fellowship at the University of Hawai'i, School of Medicine's Department of Native Hawaiian Health. RSVP ONLINE

Hawaiian Beliefs and Perspectives of Aging

Hawaiian Beliefs and Perspectives of Aging
with Earl Kawaa, MSW

Thursday, June 18, 2015
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Atherton Hālau, Bishop Museum
Tuition: $10 General; Museum Members are FREE (with valid member ID)

The culmination of the series takes us to the setting years of the life span. In Hawaiian tradition, kūpuna (elders) are venerated centerpieces of society. Kūpuna attain respect and longevity through maiau (meticulous work) and ma'ema'e (cleanliness). Penetrating and revealing aspects of Hawaiian views of living and aging will be discussed by Earl Kawaa of Kamehameha Schools. Earl Kawaa, MSW was born and raised in in Hālawa Valley, Moloka'i, a remote rural Hawaiian community. He is a mānaleo (skilled cultural practitioner) and esteemed educator. Trained as a social worker he has worked with Hawaiian families and in Hawaiian communities for his entire career. He presently works for Kamehameha Schools and is active in Hawaiian communities across Hawai'i developing family resiliency through Papa Kuʻi 'Ai, a class that reestablishes poi pounding as a family value and practice. RSVP ONLINE

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