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Kapaemahu Speaker Series | Pacific Connections: Gender Diversity Across Moana Nui

Friday, July 29, 2022
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Hālau & Livestreamed via Zoom
Free admission

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The conversation will be livestreamed on Youtube Live. To tune in virtually, please click the below link at the start of the event.

This program is part of a five-part speaker series that harnesses community discourse around The Healer of Stones of Kapaemahu exhibition on view in Bishop Museum’s Castle Memorial Building through Oct. 16, 2022. By bringing together cultural practitioners, scholars, artists, and community organizers, the program aims to cultivate deeper understanding of the exhibition’s central themes of gender diversity, Native Hawaiian health, and the power of monuments. These talks will take place in person at Bishop Museum’s Atherton Hālau and will be streamed live for virtual participation.

In Hawaiʻi, the creation chant, the Kumulipo, traces the origins of life to the combining of paired opposites: light and dark, earth and sky, wet and dry, male and female. In conversation with co-curator Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Professor Tēvita O. Kaʻili will share stories of gender duality from his native Tonga and other regions of Oceania, and Hawaiian historian Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp will discuss his research and storytelling initiatives to help revive Hawaiian understandings and histories of gender fluidity and same-sex relationships, including among revered rulers and nobles.

Speakers include:

  • Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp, Hawaiian cultural historian, President of Indigenous Pasifika
  • Tēvita O. Kaʻili, Anthropologist and Dean of Pacific Studies at Brigham Young University—Hawaii
  • Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, co-curator of The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu, Kanaka Maoli teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader

Kapaemahu Program Series is generously supported by McInerny Foundation, Bank of Hawaii, Trustee.

Event cover Image credit:
Courtesy of “The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu”


Jul 29 2022


6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Atherton Hālau


Atherton Hālau
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum


Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
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