APA-HI Lunch Talk: "Indigenous Knowledge and the City"
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When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Where: AIA Honolulu Center for Architecture
828 Fort Street Mall
Suite 100
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813
United States
Contact: Greg Nakai

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APA-HI Lunch Talk:
Indigenous Knowledge and the City

Check-in begins at 11:45 a.m. Presentation begins promptly at noon.


Indigenous epistemology in the urban often stops at design elements or facades that serve as Indigenous identity and presence in the city. Indigenous planning, when even considered, is understood as a rural specific project. Crucially, this serves to bolster a construct of indigeneity as incompatible with modernity. This presentation will examine identity and relationship building in the city: How do we re-establish relationships between the ʻāina (land), kai (ocean), kanaka (people), and our cultural akua (deities)? What strategies do we employ as Indigenous Peoples to reshape the urban form according to Indigenous values and principles? Get sharper analyses and clarity around the ways that Indigenous knowledge can address the scope and scale of the city challenges we face.



Konia Freitas, PhD
Assistant Specialist & Department Chair
Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies 
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Kaleo Manuel
Deputy Director
Commission on Water Resources Management
State DLNR

Kawika McKeague, AICP
Director of Cultural Planning

Ulalia Woodside, AICP

Executive Director
The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi

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