View the 2019 NHC Tours and Offsite Sessions!
The 2019 National Humanities Conference is hosting a number of offsite sessions and tours for participants, including opportunities to explore Pacific island traditions, culture, and history. The offsite offerings are listed below in chronological order with dates, times, costs, and other information. Registration is required for all sessions and tours listed below. A special notice will be distributed later this week to announce the launch of registration for the offsite tours and sessions. The notice will go out to the NHC Tuesdays event newsletter subscriber list (subscribe here!) and via the Federation listservs.
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List of Offsite Tours and Sessions Available for Special Registration:
Wednesday, November 6:
PEARL HARBOR AND PACIFIC HISTORIC PARKS
7:30 am to 2:30 pm, cost: $75
Join us on for this special day-tour of the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, its two museums, wayside exhibits, and a boat ride to tour the USS Arizona Memorial. This tour will discuss Hawaiian life before and after December 7, 1941 and will include an exclusive Q&A with Jimmy Lee, a Pearl Harbor civilian who was an eyewitness to the attack.
NOTE: Lunch will be provided and is included in the tour cost. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and warm-weather clothing.
PROGRAM OFFICERS MEETING
9:00 am to 6:00 pm, cost: $30
Spend a day experiencing, sharing, and connecting to places and each other during three programs that engage with our communities. A full-day program with visits to two amazing venues: the Heritage Center and Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design, and a professional development opportunity in the evening with pupus and drinks. Learn more and view the full agenda here.
Thursday, November 7:
HAWAI‘I PLANTATION VILLAGE TOUR
9:00 am to 12:45 pm, cost: $40
Hawai‘i’s Plantation Village is a small community-run outdoor museum that tells the story of life on Hawai‘i’s sugar plantations (circa 1850-1950). The Village includes restored buildings and replicas of plantation structures, including houses of various ethnic groups and community buildings such as the plantation store, infirmary, bathhouse, and manager’s office that tell the stories of Hawai‘i’s many cultures: Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Okinawan, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican.
NOTE: Lunch will be provided and is included in the tour cost.
Friday, November 8:
RETURNING TO OUR ROOTS: CULTIVATING PLACE AND COMMUNITY THROUGH THE POWER OF FOOD
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm, cost: $40
This experiential session will take participants to the Ho‘oulu ‘Aina Nature Preserve to explore how the “Returning to Our Roots” program in Kalihi Valley, O‘ahu engages and supports residents – many of whom are immigrants from Asia and the Pacific Islands region – to create a sense of place and community through growing, preparing, and sharing food. Through an immersive garden tour, a workshop on local food, and a farm-to-table lunch and discussion, Humanities Guåhan and the Roots program will stimulate thinking on the important connections between food, health, culture, and the environment along with the ways in which these “grow” democracy in this community and beyond.
NOTE: There is a 15 minute walk from the bus drop off location to the community garden. Participants are strongly encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and warm-weather clothing. Lunch will be provided and is included in the tour cost.
Saturday, November 9:
SPEAKING TO WATER & CREATING COMMUNITY THROUGH THE VISUAL HUMANITIES
9:00 am to 11:30 am, cost: none
This offsite film and discussion event will feature highlights from the Kuentusi I Hanom (Speaking to Water) collection: a series of short films on traditional Pacific seafaring, fishing, and farming practices, cultural sites, and indigenous art forms. A panel discussion featuring indigenous cultural experts will address key questions surrounding “roots” and “routes” along with others related to globalization, immigration, diversity, identity, cultural revitalization, and connection to natural resources. This will be an open session including conference attendees and Hawaiian residents from the Pacific diaspora and beyond. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on these topics both in the Pacific and in their home states and territories.
Panelists include: Elfrieda Koshiba (Humanities Guåhan), Nedine Songeni (Humanities Guåhan), and Craig Santos-Perez (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa). Kimberlee Kihleng and Bernice Santiago of Humanities Guåhan will moderate the session.
Sunday, November 10:
INTRO TO PACIFIC ISLAND TRADITIONAL SAILING & NAVIGATION
8:00 am to 1:00 pm, cost: $60
Visit with the Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy to experience sailing and an introduction to maritime skills: non-instrumental navigation, elemental observations, teamwork, and communication required to navigate and crew traditional sailing canoes. NOTE: This program will return to the Hilton Hawaiian Village (conference hotel) by 1:00 pm and does not include lunch. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and warm-weather clothing as well as to bring sunscreen. This program is weather-permitting.
HUMANITIES IN THE WILD: HAWAIIAN EDITION
9:00 am to 4:00 pm, cost: $65
This session includes a guided tour of the Maunawila land trust, which preserves a sacred site for Native Hawaiians, to learn both about its cultural significance and its ecology. Participants will consider the intersecting human and ecological histories of Hawaii and what they can teach about conservation and stewardship today.
NOTE: Lunch will be provided, along with a donation to the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, and is included in the tour cost. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and warm-weather clothing.
MAI POINA: A WALKING TOUR OF THE OVERTHROW OF THE HAWAIIAN KINGDOM
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm, cost: $10
“Mai Poina: The Overthrow” is a 75-minute living history walking tour on the grounds of the ‘Iolani Palace that retraces the four pivotal days leading up to and including the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. Participants will have the chance to dialogue with Native Hawaiian scholars on historical context and resonance today and hear spoken-word poetry from Pacific Tongues. The walking tour was developed with initial support from the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities and is performed annually in September and January in order to educate those who live in Hawai‘i and those who visit about the true history of the Kingdom and the United States’ role in the overthrow of Queen Lili‘uokalani. More information can be found here.
NOTE: Families are welcome. Please wear comfortable walking shoes, hat/sunscreen, and bring water and snacks.