Hawaiian Studies Lecture on Joseph Mokuohai Poepoe
By Wendy Osher
The Hawaiian Studies Department at the University of Hawaii Maui College presents a lecture tonight on Hawaiian cultural advocate Joseph Mokuohai Poepoe.
Poepoe (ca.1852-¬1913) was a writer, editor, attorney and politician. He was a friend of the Kalakaua family, but became a pro-annexationist following the 1895 counter-coup. He wrote a version of the traditional epic of Hiiakaikapoliopele, and a eulogistic biography of Kalakaua. Poepoe is remembered for his promotion of the native language, culture and knowledge.
The talk is being presented by Dr. Noenoe Silva, who herself, wrote the book Aloha Betrayed, which focuses on resistance to American colonialism. Dr. Silva earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Hawaiian language, a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies, and a Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. Dr. Silva currently serves as an associate professor of indigenous politics at UH.
The event begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday, February 24, 2011) at UH-MC, Kalama room 104-A. Because of pre-sold parking for the Elton John Concert, those planning to attend should park on the Kaahumanu side of campus.