The Queen and I: Mapping the Political and Personal

March 8, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, 325 Henke Hall

Center for Biography Brown Bag Series--
The Queen and I: Mapping the Political and Personal
By Sydney Lehua Iaukea

Sydney Iaukea discusses how archival research, maps, and land titles allowed her to map both personal and political histories in Hawaiʻi. Her journey through archival records, and personal moments spent in reflection, is documented in the Queen and I: A Story of Dispossessions and Reconnections in Hawaiʻi. This talk focuses on her discovery of an unprocessed Iaukea collection at the Hawaiʻi State Archives, and the subsequent accidental discovery of yet more documents at the First District Court, Oʻahu. Through tracking her own moʻo kūʻauhau, revelations of larger socio-political narratives of the Hawaiian Kingdom and Territory of Hawaiʻi were revealed in ways that seemed anything but accidental.

Sydney Lehua Iaukea is from the island of Maui. She is an author, educator, and ocean enthusiast. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science, specializing in Hawaiʻi Politics, and currently works as the Hawaiian Studies Program Manager for the Department of Education. Her academic work intersects with her personal life because she researches and writes about her great great grandfather, Curtis Piehu Iaukea, the Hawaiian Kingdom representative on which The Queen and I is based.

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