Ono Wai: The Thirst for Water in the Kingdom of Hawaii's Changing Landscape

February 24, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Sakamaki Hall A201 & via zoom Add to Calendar

Over the course of the nineteenth century, the landscape of Hawaiʻi was subjected to many changes in the environment, the community, and the government. These transitions were flush with ebbs and flows of conflict and cooperation as Kanaka Maoli residents attempted to reconcile centuries-old practices with their new settler neighbors and unsettling influences. This presentation will examine such frictions in three areas along the flow of ʻauwai from mauka to makai in Mānoa and Waikīkī. Using case files from the Private Ways and Water Rights Commission between 1870 and 1900, disputes over water rights and management practices will show how the konohiki-makaʻāinana cooperative relationship slowly dissolved even while many attempted to maintain it. About the speaker: Uluwehi Hopkins is a descendant of Oʻahu Island lineages. She earned her B.A. and M.A. in Hawaiian Studies and her Ph.D. in History from UH Mānoa. Throughout her graduate studies, Hopkins taught in the History, Hawaiian Studies, and American Studies departments at UH Mānoa, UH West Oʻahu, and Kapiʻolani Community College. To request attendance via zoom, please email yuma.totani@hawaii.edu.

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History, Mānoa Campus

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Yuma Totani, (808) 956-8564, yuma.totani@hawaii.edu

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