Na Moolelo Lecture Series with Dr. Kiana Frank

Iolani Palace invites you to join us at our new Na Moolelo Lecture Series. The lectures feature presentations by Hawaiian cultural experts, historians, and museum professionals that will prompt discussion of Hawaii history and culture as well as museum practices. View all upcoming lectures here.

The free Na Moolelo Lecture series continues Iolani Palace mission to preserve and share Hawaii’s unique cultural and historical qualities with the community.

Wednesday, October 24

Topic: Nā Kilo Ao Māiki: Observing the Microbial Realm

Learn about the role that microorganisms—the smallest, most abundant forms of life—play in shaping the functionality of our ʻāina. By bridging cultural and historical knowledge with contemporary knowledge systems, we can begin to decode the insight left to us by our kupuna.

Speaker: Dr. Kiana Frank

Dr. Kiana Frank is an Assistant Professor in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her work integrates biology, geochemistry and ʻike kupuna (traditional knowledge) to form connections between contemporary western science and Native Hawaiian science.

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All discussions will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the Kanaina Building on the Palace Grounds. Admission is free.