Decolonizing Cities Symposium

May 5, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Hālau o Haumea, Hawai'inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge Add to Calendar

Decolonizing Cities Symposium
Friday, May 5, 2017
9:00am – 4:30pm
Hālau o Haumea, UH Mānoa Campus

Co-sponsored by the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies and the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at UH Manoa

Free admission with advance registration via Eventbrite. Lunch is provided free to registered participants.

Symposium Schedule
8:30 - 9:00 am Registration & Coffee
9:00 - 9:30 am Welcome & Framing
9:30 - 10:45 am Panel I: Indigenous Knowledges with Hirini Matunga, Ulalia Woodside, Kaleo Manuel, Kawika McKeague
11:00 - 12:15 pm Panel II: Decolonizing Pedagogies with Ted Jojola, Kamana Beamer, Kamuela Enos, Libby Porter
12:15 - 1:30 pm Lunch & Presentation by Sean Connelly
1:45 - 2:45 pm Panel III: Detours with Noenoe Silva, Craig Howes, Kyle Kajihiro, Terri Keko'olani, Adele Balderston
3:00 - 4:30 pm Speculative Futures Workshop with Aiko Yamashiro & Next Steps

Note: All participants are welcome to join the Detour (Decolonial Walking Tour) on Saturday May 6th (8:30-10:30am) in downtown Honolulu. Updates will be also posted at

Overseas Guests:
Hirini Matunga: Professor of Maori and Indigenous Development in the Faculty of Environment, Society and Design at Lincoln University, Canterbury Aotearoa New Zealand
Theodore Jojola: Distinguished Professor in Community & Regional Planning Program of the School of Architecture + Planning at the University of New Mexico

This symposium features Hawai‘i scholars, practitioners and overseas scholars on the possibilities for indigenous urbanism and decolonizing cities. Too often aloha ‘āina and other decolonial practices are not understood in planning as urban possibilities. Honolulu is given up as lost, the lo‘i buried underneath concrete. What does aloha ‘aina look like in Honolulu? How does native knowledge provide solutions to perennial urban dilemmas? What are the key touchstones in the effort to decolonize cities and how can we decolonize urban development and municipal change?

Mahalo to our funders: UH Manoa Student Activity & Program Fee Board, UH Manoa SEED Ideas, Gladys Brandt Chair in Polynesian Studies, Detours: A Decolonial Guidebook to Hawai‘i a Project of the Hawai‘i American Studies Association and the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.

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Event Sponsor
Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Mānoa Campus

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Annie Koh, (808) 956-7381,,

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