The last post reminded me of this newly released must read, The Value of Hawaiʻi 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, edited by Aiko Yamashiro and Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua. This is a book of essays all of us should sit down with, and let it allow us to ask of ourselves now what we think is important for our island community and what it is we want to leave behind for the future and what then we must do in order to achieve this…
How can more of us protect and create waiwai, value, for coming generations?
Culturally-rich education. Holistic health systems. Organic farming and aquaculture. Creative and conscious urban development. Caring for one another across difference. Telling our stories.
Continuing the conversation of The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future, this new collection offers passionate and poignant visions for our shared futures in these islands. The fresh voices gathered in this book share their inspiring work and ideas for creating value, addressing a wide range of topics: community health, agriculture, public education, local business, energy, gender, rural lifestyles, sacred community, activism, storytelling, mo‘olelo, migration, voyaging, visual art, music, and the ‘āina we continue to love and mālama. By exploring connections to those who have come before and those who will follow after, the contributors to this volume recenter Hawai‘i in our watery Pacific world. Their autobiographical essays will inspire readers to live consciously and lead as island people.
Essay contributors: Jeffrey Tangonan Acido, Kamana Beamer, Makena Coffman, Sean Connelly, Elise Leimomi Dela Cruz-Talbert, Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua, Consuelo Agarpao Gouveia, Tina Grandinetti, John “Prime” Hina, Sania Fa‘amaile Betty P. Ickes, Bonnie Kahapea-Tanner, Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, Kainani Kahaunaele, Hi‘ilei Kawelo, Keone Kealoha, Dawn Mahi, Ryan Oishi, Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Eri Oura, Mark Kawika Patterson, Hawane Rios, Cheryse Julitta Kauikeolani Sana, Dean Itsuji Saranillio, Lyz Soto, Cade Watanabe, Aiko Yamashiro, Matt N. Yamashita, and Aubrey Morgan Yee.