What does it mean to be Black in Hawai‘i? 

The Pōpolo Project is here to mine what Blackness means in Hawai‘i and in the larger Pacific and to ask whether Blackness matters in a place where there are few Black people. We want to share the stories of the Black folks for whom Hawai‘i is home and we want to use this space to see if there is room for Black community in the understory of Hawai‘i's multicultural landscape. By making the lives of Black folks visible among what we commonly think of as Local, the Pōpolo Project highlights the vivid, complex diversity of Blackness.

 

Upcoming

Juneteenth 2018

Join us on Saturday, June 16 at Kapi‘olani Park for an afternoon of music and cultural arts from across the African diaspora. Bring your ‘ohana, your grill, and a dish to potluck, bring your acoustic instruments and your voices! Let's get together and get free! Free and open to all.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors in Honolulu

We are excited to welcome Patrisse Khan-Culllors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, back to Honolulu for a public reading from her new book When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, followed by audience Q&A, Thursday, June 28 at the Doris Duke Theatre at the Honolulu Museum of Art.