Hawaii Statehood Unmasked

SUBHEAD: Did Statehood benefit everyone? What some in Hawaii might celebrate others think of as an injustice.
image above: A typical Waikiki evening from the 17th floor. Photo by Juan Wilson WHO: Presenter - Dr. Dean Saranillio WHAT: Videos - "Then There Were None" & "Taking Waikiki" A panel discussion to follow WHEN: Saturday, August 1, 3:30p.m. to 8:00 p.m. WHERE: Lihue Neighborhood Center, (new hall) NOTE: Pot luck dish welcomed. From http://kauainet.wiki.zoho.com on 29 July 2009
In counterpoint to the State of Hawaii organizing contests and special events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's becoming a U.S. state, Kaua'i Alliance for Peace and Social Justice will further its public education mission by presenting an event titled "Hawai'i: Statehood Unmasked" on Saturday, August 1, 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lihue Neighborhood Center, (new hall). The event asks the question, "Does statehood benefit everyone?" and will provide alternative perspectives through a presentation, a panel, discussion and two documentary videos. Dean Itsuji Saranillio, Ph D., will present a talk based on his doctoral dissertation,Seeing Conquest: Colliding Histories and the Cultural Politics of Hawai’i Statehood. Saranillio recently completed his dissertation at the University of Michigan.
The panel discussion with questions and answers will follow. The panel will include: Kauai residents Puanani Rogers, Ben Nihi, Dayne Aipoalani and Oahu resident Ikaika Hussey. Two documentaries, "Taking Waikiki" and "then there were NONE", will also be shown. Both videos focus on the history of Hawai'i and the impacts of U.S. colonization. "Then there were NONE", is a documentary on the relationship between colonization and the the declining native Hawai'i population. The 26-minute film was produced by Dr. Elizabeth Kapu'uwailani Lindsey, the great-granddaughter of Hawaiian high chiefs and English seafarers. "Taking Waikiki" details the series of events that transformed Waikiki from an agriculture and aquacultural area into an international tourist destination. This 34-minute documentary was produced by Kaua'i residents, Carol Bain and Ed Coll.
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