The venues of the 2019 National Humanities Conference were selected for their historical and cultural significance and provide a glimpse of the Hawaiian and Oceanic culture, heritage, history, and traditions represented within the themes of the 2019 conference. With the exception of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, which is where the closing plenary featuring three traditional navigators is being held, these venues are associated with offsite experiential humanities sessions and tours. To read more about the tours and offsite sessions of NHC, please click here.
LIST OF 2019 NATIONAL HUMANITIES CONFERENCE VENUES – in chronological order
Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial
Tour: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 am to 2:30 pm
At the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, learn about the events that led up to the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack, resulting in the United States’ entry into World War II. The Pearl Harbor Memorial features the “Road to War” and “Attack” exhibit galleries, the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater, and interpretive wayside exhibits. A Navy-operated shuttle boat transports visitors to the USS Arizona Memorial, the location where battleship USS Arizona fell after the Japanese attack. Click here for more information.
Mānoa Heritage Center and Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design
Program Officers’ Meeting: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
The Mānoa Heritage Center is a 3.5-acre living classroom dedicated to promoting the cultural and natural heritage of Hawaiʻi. Sam and Mary Cooke founded the Mānoa Heritage Center in 1996. This non-profit organization reflects the Cooke family legacy of stewardship and preservation and is guided by a shared vision of inspiring people to be thoughtful stewards of their communities. Mānoa Heritage Center features Kūka‘ō‘ō Heiau, the last intact heiau (ancient temple) in the greater ahupuaʻa (land division) of Waikīkī, Native Hawaiian gardens and Kūali‘i, the Cookeʻs 1911 Tudor-style home. Click here for more information.
Shangri La Museum of Islamic Arts and Culture was built in 1937 and is the former home of American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke. The museum was inspired by Duke’s travels throughout world, which included the Middle East, Iran, Morocco, and Syria. Duke assembled the “The Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art Collection” at Shangri La over a period of nearly 60 years. The Shangri La museum offers guided tours, residences for scholars and artists, and programs with the purpose of improving understanding of the Islamic world. Click here for more information.
Hawai‘i Plantation Village
Tour: Thursday, Nov. 7, 9:00 am to 12:45 pm
Hawaii’s Plantation Village is an outdoor museum located in historic Waipahu town. The Village tells the story of life on Hawaii’s sugar plantations (circa 1850-1950). This outdoor museum features a botanical garden, restored buildings and replicas of plantation structures, and shares stories of Hawaii’s many cultures: including Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Okinawan, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican. Click here for more information.
Ho’oulu ‘Āina Nature Preserve
Offsite Session: Friday, Nov. 8, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The Ho’oulu ‘Āina Nature Preserve addresses the health needs of Kalihi Valley by strengthening the connections between people and land. The name, Ho’oulu ‘Āina means “to grow the land” and “to grow because of the land,” its meaning is based on the value that the health of the people and the health of the land people are one. The Kalihi Valley community uses four program areas to develop 100-acre upland resources of forest, food, knowledge, spirituality, and health activity. Click here for more information.
Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum
Closing Event: Saturday, Nov. 9, 4:15 pm to 5:45 pm
The Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific. The museum has the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. In 1889, Charles Reed Bishop founded the museum in honor of his late wife Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Bishop museum holds extensive cultural collections, research projects, consulting services, and public education programs. Click here for more information!
Maunawila Land Trust
Offsite Session: Sunday, Nov. 10, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
The Maunawila Heiau property consists of 9.08 acres in the Ko‘olauloa ahupua‘a (land division) on the island of O‘ahu. The heiau is a place of worship and is acknowledged as being one of the remaining “relatively intact” heiau in the Ko‘olauloa region. The Mauanwila Land trust is owned by Hawaiian Islands Land Trust (HILT) and is a reserved site for Native Hawaiian Cultural historians and practitioners. Click here for more information.
Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy (KVA)
Tour:Sunday, Nov. 10, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm
Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy (KVA) is home to the Kānehūnāmoku, a 29-foot double hull sailing canoe. KVA is a hands-on living classroom for students of all ages. KVA students become crew members and learn all aspects of sailing the canoe, including maritime skills, non-instrumental navigation, elemental observations, teamwork, and communication. This non-profit organization began as a voyaging program within Halau Kū Māna Public Charter School in 2001. KVA has provided educational services in traditional Hawaiian navigation to primarily Native Hawaiian youth for over 14 years. KVA offers four programs: Papahana Hoolauna, He Waʻa He Moku, He Moku He Waʻa Farm, Halau Holomoana, and Ku I Ka Mana. Papa Mau Piailug, Clay Bertelmann, John K. Lake, Eddie Kaʻanana, Bonnie Kahapeʻa Tanner, and Pua Lincoln are the KVA navigators. Click here for more information.
Tour: Sunday, Nov. 10, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Located in downtown Honolulu, the ʻIolani Palace is the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy. The palace tells the stories of Majesties, King Kalakaua and his sister Queen Liliuokalani. The palace is thought to have been the site of an ancient heiau (place of worship). The Palace grounds include the gate entrances, Keliiponi Hale, The Sacred Mound, Hale Koa: Iolani Barracks, and Kanaina Building: Old Archives. The first floor of the Palace consists of public reception areas and the second floor consist of private suites. Click here for more information.