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The 1978 Hawaiʻi constitutional convention

A panel discussion to explore how Hawaiʻi‘s 1978 Constitutional Convention affected Hawaiian cultural health, including the revival of language, is set for March 8, 7 p.m. at Windward Community College‘s Hawaiian Studies Complex, Hale Aʻo.

Giving opening remarks will be former Governor John Waiheʻe, a 1978 Con Con delegate who is leading a series of critical community discussions in anticipation of a 2018 ballot question on whether to hold a new Con Con.

Panel participants

  • Charlene Hoe—1978 Con Con Windward Oʻahu delegate and founder of Hakipuʻu Learning Center
  • Keoni Kuoha—co-founder and executive director, Papahana Kuaola
  • Kamoaʻe Walk—assistant professor and assistant director of the Jonathan Napela Center for Hawaiian Language and Cultural Studies at BYUHHawaiʻi
  • Kaʻumealani Walk—kumu and one of the founders of Ke Kula Kaiapuni Hawaiʻi ʻo Kahuku Academy
  • Kaʻanoʻi Walk—senior policy analyst with Kamehameha Schools’ Kūamahi Community Education Division

This is the second in a series of events organized by the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa‘s Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge.

Upcoming forums

  • “How the constitution affected ola, health and welfare” on April 12, 7 p.m. at the Judiciary History Center
  • “Exploring the connections between Con Con and the movement toward the restoration of self-governance” on May 10, 7 p.m. at the UH Mānoa Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.

For more information, contact Ikaikai Hussey at

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