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‘Imiakea Series: Millennials Who Mālama

by Brea Aamoth on April 6th, 2016

Date: Thurs., April 28
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language: Haleʻōlelo building in the Lumi Pāhiahia
Cost: Free


Hawaiian Language Immersion Graduates Talk about Balancing Tradition and Technology in April’s ʻImiākea Series

The core of ʻImiloa’s mission is inspiring future generations to continue a Hawaiian tradition of exploration and discovery through modern science and technology. To further this tradition, the community is invited to join ‘Imiloa’s ʻImiākea series, aimed at expanding our understanding of all that Maunakea represents. In this month’s ʻImiākea event, held on Thursday, April 28 from 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m., we look into Hawaiʻi’s future through the eyes of the millennial generation that has the kuleana to mālama our Hawaiʻi.

Hawaiian Immersion Graduates; Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu School

Hawaiian Immersion Graduates; Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu School

This free community event located at the UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language will feature an evening of interactive dialogue as a panel of Hawaiian immersion graduates talk about balancing tradition and technology. Like the 92 million others in their generation, millennials have come of age during a time of rapid technological growth and change. Thus, innovation and development are not goals for their future; they are givens. Strategizing and navigating the transformation necessary to our future livelihood lies in the hands of these “change agents.” Having been raised as the new generation of fluent Hawaiian speakers grounded in tradition and culture lends to a worldview distinct from their fellow millennials.


“ʻImiloa is about bringing people, ideals, and different perspectives together to learn from each other in a uniquely Hawaiian way,”  said Kaʻiu Kimura, Executive Director of ‘Imiloa. “The vision for ʻImiloa as a bi-lingual informal science center was born from the same Hawaiian language revitalization movement that these young adults participated in. They are now well into their careers, from advocates and cultural advisors to development consultants and educators; all of them community leaders in their own ways. We are excited to spend this time with them and gain insight to their thoughts on the change and innovation critical to Hawaiʻi’s future.”

This event will be located at Haleʻōlelo, Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, the Hawaiian Language College’s building, in the Lumi Pāhiahia. Haleʻōlelo is located just down Nowelo Street from ‘Imiloa towards UH Hilo’s main campus. Join us for the entire evening, from the opening pule, and the screening of a short film featuring some of our panelists, to the interactive panel discussion itself, and finally some “talk story” over refreshments.

The ‘Imiākea: Discovering Maunakea series consists of monthly events hosted by ‘Imiloa, ranging from performances and hands-on workshops with practitioners, to interactive panel discussions with experts in various fields, and community experiences.



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