VIDEO: “Teach in” about Maunakea held at UH Hilo College of Hawaiian Language

The informational day was called to share cultural connections, examples of strategies for action taken from traditional Hawaiian stories and history, and the current history of astronomy on the mountain.

By Susan Enright.

Haleʻōlelo aerial shot, green curved roof , surrounded by green forest.
Haleʻōlelo. Photo by Andrew Hara.

Within the context of current events concerning the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope, the Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, held a “teach in” about Maunakea on Wednesday, April 15, at Haleʻōlelo, the new location of the college.

In addition to university students, the college also invited the upper classes of two local Hawaiian immersion schools, Ke Kula ʻO Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu (located in Keaʻau) and Ka ʻUmeke Kāʻeo (in Keaukaha), and administration personnel of ʻAha Pūnana Leo, a nonprofit dedicated to Hawaiian language revitalization efforts.

Larry Kimura
Larry Kimura

“It was also called an informational or enrichment day for getting to know more about Maunakea, some of our cultural connections, brief examples of strategies for action taken from traditional Hawaiian stories and documented Hawaiian history, as well as the current history of astronomy on the mountain,” explains Larry Kimura, associate professor of Hawaiian language and Hawaiian studies who served as co-chair of the UH Committee for a new Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan in 1998-2000.

The college invited ʻŌiwi TV to document some of what was conducted at the college on Wednesday (video above).


About the writer of this story: Susan Enright is a public information specialist for the Office of the Chancellor and editor of UH Hilo Stories. She received her bachelor of arts in English and certificate in women’s studies from UH Hilo.