Na Moolelo Lecture Series Video Archive

October 2019

Dr. Sydney Iaukea holds a Ph.D. in political science with a specialty in Hawai'i politics. Her book publications are The Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawaiʻi, and Kekaʻa: The Making and Saving of North Beach West Maui. Originally from Maui, Sydney is a dedicated community member, instructor, author, and avid surfer.

November 21, 2018

Ilima Long is a doctoral student in the Political Science program at University of Hawaii at Manoa. She works at Native Hawaiian Student Services, where she builds programming to support the NHSS mission and prepare students to contribute to life-affirming and de-occupied future in Hawaii.

October 3, 2018

Nanette Napoleon is a freelance historical researcher, writer and lecturer who focuses on the history and cultures of Hawaii. She is best known as being the state's leading expert on historic cemeteries, and is the author of the book Oahu Cemetary Burial Ground & Historic Site.

September 12, 2018

Umi Perkins, PhD, is a Manoa Academy Scholar at the University of Hawaii. He teaches courses on nonviolence at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at UH Manoa and Hawaiian history at the Kamehameha Schools. He has written for The Nation, Hawaii Review, The Contemporary Pacific, Summit magazine and many other publications, and co-wrote the screenplay for the upcoming feature film The Islands.

August 22, 2018

Dr. Kiana Frank is an Assistant Professor in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She studies the microbial dynamics of Hawaiian ecosystems as a mechanism to better understand the connectivity between land and sea, and to perpetuate the restoration, sustainability and resilience of our native ecosystems.

August 8, 2018

Kent Severson is the Conservator at Shangri La, Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design in Honolulu. He is responsible for overseeing the care and preservation of Shangri La's collection of Islamic art. He has participated in active archaeological excavations in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Egypt. The discussion, "Before and After: Shangri La" took place on August 8, 2018.

July 18, 2018

Barron Oda is Co-Chair of the ABA's Section of Science & Technology Law's Museum's and the Arts Law Committee. His practice areas include governance, art, entertainment, museum, cultural property, and intellectual property law. He has taught intellectual property and constitutional law at the Hawaii Pacific University. The discussion, "Cultural Property, Indigenous Traditional Knowledge, and Western Intellectual Property Systems" took place on July 18, 2018.

June 27, 2018

Dr. Lorenz Gonschor is a senior lecturer and associate dean at ʻAtenisi University in Tonga. His research interests include historical and contemporary governance and politics of Oceania, with a special focus on the International relations of the Hawaiian Kingdom. He explored the origins and development of the last royal order created by Hawaiian monarchs and the policy it symbolized. The discussion, “Kau ka ʻiwa, he lā makani”: A genealogy of the Royal Order of the Star of Oceania,” took place on June 27.

May 30, 2018

Halena Kapuni-Reynolds is a Ph.D. student and Kanaka Oiwi born and raised on Hawaii Island in the Hawaiian homestead community of Keaukaha. He addressed Indigenous curation, with a focus on the ways that Kanaka Oiwi and local museum professionals marry their professional responsibilities with indigenous sensibilities when caring for alii museum collections. The talk-story, “He Moolelo No Na Mea Waiwai Alii: Caring for Alii Museum Collections,” took place on May 30.

May 23, 2018

Dr. Jonathan Osorio is a scholar, professor and popular composer/singer. He addressed the themes of intimacies and Hawaiian mele, and their significance to understanding our role as Kanaka Maoli—to tend to the aina and to remember who we are as a people. The discussion, “Intimacies: Poetics of a Land Beloved,” took place on May 23. Dr. Lorenz Gonschor is a senior lecturer and associate dean at ʻAtenisi University in Tonga. His research interests include historical and contemporary governance and politics of Oceania, with a special focus on the International relations of the Hawaiian Kingdom. He explored the origins and development of the last royal order created by Hawaiian monarchs and the policy it symbolized. The discussion, “Kau ka ʻiwa, he lā makani”: A genealogy of the Royal Order of the Star of Oceania,” took place on June 27.

April 20, 2018

Dr. Ronald Williams, Jr. of the Hawaii State Archives highlighted how the vast archive of Native Hawaiian language documents are providing new insight to Hawaii’s rich and complex history. The discussion, “Kaulana Na Pua: Claiming Space on the Historical Landscape,” took place on April 22.

April 4, 2018

Noelle Kahanu is an assistant specialist of Public Humanities and Native Hawaiian programs in the American Studies Department of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Noelle took attendees on a personal and professional journey through the museum field, from Bishop Museum to the British Museum, as she addressed the questions: If museum professionals are modern day moo, what are we guarding? Who or what are we protecting? The discussion, “Museums and the Modern Day Moo,” took place on April 4.

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