Next Live Event – ʻOnipaʻa: Polynesian Strategies on Political Self-Determination
January 23, 2020 from 5:30p to 8:00p.
From Brandt Chair Professor Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa:
“When we look at all of the issues Hawaiians are protesting and trying to protect – Maunakea, Kahuku, Waimānalo, Māui Water Rights, and all of the other land and water issues that are dear to Hawaiian hearts, we often consider what would happen if we had a government of our own that governed our own lands. Such a government would require a Constitution and even, perhaps, Independence.
The UH Mānoa Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies Brandt Chair is hosting three Mini-Symposiums on Indigenous Consitutions and Unived Nations (UN) paths to Independence.
Dr. Mona Jackson, founder of Māori Legal Services, who wrote the first draft of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Professor Margaret Mutu, former chair of Māori Studies at Auckland University, will tell us how for six years they asked Māori Iwiw across Aotearoa to declare what they wanted in their own constitution.
Senator Atiʻihau Tūheiava of the Tahitian Independence Party, Tavini Huiraatira no Te Ao Maʻohi – F.L.P., will report on his work with the Un Committee on Decolonization of French Polynesia.”