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

Bishop Museum’s Atherton Hālau and livestreamed via YouTube Live – July 29, 2022

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 shares stories of gender duality from his native Tonga, and Hawaiian historian Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp discusses 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.

Watch the YouTube Live recording here.

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 — Hawaiʻi

— Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, co-curator of “The Healer Stones of Kapaemahu,” Kanaka Maoli teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader

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

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