Black August — The First Name of God is Mother : A weekend celebrating Hawaiian and African Goddesses
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Black August — The First Name of God is Mother : A weekend celebrating Hawaiian and African Goddesses

Join us for a special weekend of cultural exchange and learning focused on honoring land and water through deities of feminine aspect from Hawai‘i and from the African diaspora, particularly the Ifá tradition of the Yoruba people of West Africa.

THE FIRST NAME OF GOD IS MOTHER is a beautiful weekend event honoring the sacred connection between Hawaiian and African Goddesses, Their synchronicities and the power of Their collective spiritual energies…and ours! Saturday is not only a sacred conversation about how the ancient spiritual and cultural traditions of West Africa and Hawaiʻi are unmistakably linked, but also how the mandate for Native Hawaiian cultural sovereignty has invoked the attention of our collective Goddesses to help us all with the changes we seek.

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Black August—The First Name of God is Mother
Aug
18
12:00 PM12:00

Black August—The First Name of God is Mother

  • Mākaha Beach Park Mākaha, Hawai‘i (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a special weekend of cultural exchange and learning focused on honoring land and water through deities of feminine aspect from Hawai‘i and from the African diaspora, particularly the Ifá tradition of the Yoruba people of West Africa.

THE FIRST NAME OF GOD IS MOTHER is a beautiful weekend event honoring the sacred connection between Hawaiian and African Goddesses, Their synchronicities and the power of Their collective spiritual energies…and ours! Saturday is not only a sacred conversation about how the ancient spiritual and cultural traditions of West Africa and Hawaiʻi are unmistakably linked, but also how the mandate for Native Hawaiian cultural sovereignty has invoked the attention of our collective Goddesses to help us all with the changes we seek.

On August 18 Priestess Nana Sula Spirit will lead an Orisha song workshop and ocean blessing ceremony in Mākaha, Waiʻanae.

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Black August Book Club— Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route
Aug
20
6:30 PM18:30

Black August Book Club— Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route

This Black August, we will gather to read and discuss four books that challenge the ways we think about our world, about Blackness, about Hawai‘i, and our places in the midst of all of it.

Lose Your Mother: A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route by Saidiya Hartman (2007)

Facilitated by Dr. Akiemi Glenn

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Black August — Hawaiian Language Class
Aug
22
6:30 PM18:30

Black August — Hawaiian Language Class

The Black August tradition encourages us as a community to engage in education throughout the month as a way to continue the spirit of resistance against the effects of colonialism and imperialism in our lives. In Hawaiʻi, resisting those oppressive forces means centering the indigenous people of this land, their culture, and their struggles. Itʻs in this spirit that weʻre offering a special introductory series to the Hawaiian language as part of Black August.  

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Black August— Wantoks: Dance of Resilience in Melanesia, film screening and discussion
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Black August— Wantoks: Dance of Resilience in Melanesia, film screening and discussion

  • Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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Featuring striking footage from the South Pacific islands, the short film (20 min) WANTOKS: Dance of Resilience in Melanesia, profiles the artists and activists who are fighting for self-determination while trying to defend their homes against the rising sea.

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Black August—Mākua Valley Access with Mālama Mākua and Outdoor Afro
Aug
25
8:00 AM08:00

Black August—Mākua Valley Access with Mālama Mākua and Outdoor Afro

The Black August tradition encourages us as a community to engage in education throughout the month as a way to continue the spirit of resistance against the effects of colonialism and imperialism in our lives. In Hawaiʻi, resisting those oppressive forces means centering the indigenous people of this land, their culture, and their struggles. Itʻs in this spirit that we’re partnering with Outdoor Afro Hawai‘i and Mālama Mākua for this Black August Mākua Valley Cultural Access.

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Black August Book Club— As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation
Aug
27
6:30 PM18:30

Black August Book Club— As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation

This Black August, we will gather to read and discuss four books that challenge the ways we think about our world, about Blackness, about Hawai‘i, and our places in the midst of all of it.

As Black as Resistance: Finding the Conditions for Liberation by Zoé Samudzi and William C. Anderson (2018)

Facilitated by Emily Kandagawa

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Black August — Hawaiian Language Class
Aug
29
6:30 PM18:30

Black August — Hawaiian Language Class

The Black August tradition encourages us as a community to engage in education throughout the month as a way to continue the spirit of resistance against the effects of colonialism and imperialism in our lives. In Hawaiʻi, resisting those oppressive forces means centering the indigenous people of this land, their culture, and their struggles. Itʻs in this spirit that weʻre offering a special introductory series to the Hawaiian language as part of Black August.  

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Black August— Saltwater People
Aug
31
4:00 PM16:00

Black August— Saltwater People

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We close out Black August and our summer Saltwater People concert series on August 31 celebrating global expressions of sovereignty, joy and resilience.

Featuring live music and DJs, vendors, food, and more, we will gather to dance and celebrate in a stunning rooftop indoor-outdoor space.

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Black August — Hawaiian Language Class
Aug
15
6:30 PM18:30

Black August — Hawaiian Language Class

The Black August tradition encourages us as a community to engage in education throughout the month as a way to continue the spirit of resistance against the effects of colonialism and imperialism in our lives. In Hawaiʻi, resisting those oppressive forces means centering the indigenous people of this land, their culture, and their struggles. Itʻs in this spirit that weʻre offering a special introductory series to the Hawaiian language as part of Black August.  

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Black August — Mauna Kea Talk Story
Aug
14
6:00 PM18:00

Black August — Mauna Kea Talk Story

Join us for an informal discussion at Kapiʻolani Park as we hear from members of our Black community who have been a part of efforts to protect Mauna Kea, those who have visited the mauna, and from those who want to learn more about the issues and what our kuleana and contributions may be to this movement as Black people in Hawai‘i.

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Black August Book Club —The White Pacific: US Imperialism and Black Slavery in the South Seas after the Civil War
Aug
13
6:30 PM18:30

Black August Book Club —The White Pacific: US Imperialism and Black Slavery in the South Seas after the Civil War

This Black August, we will gather to read and discuss four books that challenge the ways we think about our world, about Blackness, about Hawai‘i, and our places in the midst of all of it.

The White Pacific: US Imperialism and Black Slavery in the South Seas after the Civil War by Gerald Horne (2007)

Facilitated by Dr. Ethan Caldwell

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Lift— Drums, Song, Dance From Around the World
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Lift— Drums, Song, Dance From Around the World

West African drums and dance, bellydance, samba and more, all under one roof! We have an exciting line up of some of the greatest dancers and musicians on the island. African merchandise fresh from the continent will be for sale, including bags, clothing, accessories, and handmade goods.

Admission is $15. Tickets are available here.

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 Black August — Hawaiian Language Class
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

Black August — Hawaiian Language Class

The Black August tradition encourages us as a community to engage in education throughout the month as a way to continue the spirit of resistance against the effects of colonialism and imperialism in our lives. In Hawaiʻi, resisting those oppressive forces means centering the indigenous people of this land, their culture, and their struggles. Itʻs in this spirit that weʻre offering a special introductory series to the Hawaiian language as part of Black August.  

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Black August Book Club —On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Lands
Aug
6
6:30 PM18:30

Black August Book Club —On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Lands

This Black August, we will gather to read and discuss four books that challenge the ways we think about our world, about Blackness, about Hawai‘i, and our places in the midst of all of it.

On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Lands by Luisah Teish and Leilani Birely (2013)

Facilitated by Imani Altemus-Williams

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Black August— Birth Sovereignty and Resilience
Aug
3
2:00 PM14:00

Black August— Birth Sovereignty and Resilience

Join us for an interactive and engaging workshop with community birth worker and birth sovereignty activist Piper Lovemore. Piper’s work explores the parallels between contemporary birthing contexts and practices, and global reclamation’s of personal and community sovereignty. Learn how the deepening of both empathy & empowerment available thru the birth transition fortifies the resilience potential of family, community and culture, and why protecting this potential must be a priority.

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Black August — Hawaiian Language Class
Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Black August — Hawaiian Language Class

The Black August tradition encourages us as a community to engage in education throughout the month as a way to continue the spirit of resistance against the effects of colonialism and imperialism in our lives. In Hawaiʻi, resisting those oppressive forces means centering the indigenous people of this land, their culture, and their struggles. Itʻs in this spirit that weʻre offering a special introductory series to the Hawaiian language as part of Black August.  

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Saltwater People
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

Saltwater People

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Saltwater People is a monthly rooftop party that celebrates the global flow of Black cultures with a combination of music you won’t hear anywhere else in Honolulu. A mixture of genre-breaking live music, DJ sets, vendors, food, and learning, Saltwater People brings the flavors of African and Pacific diasporas together where our lineages and histories converge here in Hawai‘i.

Live music by. Afro-Criollo Sound , Fat Moxy and the Bombay Collective, DJ sets by Shy Shonnie, Lonnie Bonds

* children 12 and under free* * Food and beverage available for purchase * * $5 flat-rate in-building parking*

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Salt Water People Party
Jun
23
4:00 PM16:00

Salt Water People Party

Saltwater People is a monthly rooftop party that celebrates the global flow of Black cultures with music you won’t hear anywhere else in Honolulu. A mixture of genre-breaking live music, DJ sets, vendors, food, and learning, Saltwater People brings the flavors of African and Pacific diasporas together where our lineages and histories converge here in Hawai‘i.

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The Reminders at Shangri La
Jun
6
6:00 PM18:00

The Reminders at Shangri La

  • Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design (map)
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Join us for a special musical performance by The Reminders and celebrate Eid, which marks the end of Ramadan. Come with a joyful spirit and wear festive attire!

*Please note that the program will take place on the Museum's Lower Lawn and the galleries will not be open for this event.

Get tickets and learn more here.

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The Reminders (De)Tour at Shangri La
Jun
4
5:00 PM17:00

The Reminders (De)Tour at Shangri La

  • Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design (map)
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Definitely not a traditional museum tour! Join Shangri La Residency participants, The Reminders (Aja Black and Big Samir), on a unique journey through the museum as they re-interpret Shangri La through music, song and performance. Experience Shangri La as a site of creativity and imagination as Aja and Samir offer a new way to enjoy the museum. A limited number of tickets are available for this thought-provoking program.

Learn more and get tickets here.

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The Free Women of Color Library Pop-Up & Retreat
Jun
2
12:00 PM12:00

The Free Women of Color Library Pop-Up & Retreat

Inspired by "The Free Black Women's Library," a monthly mobile library pop-up organized by Ola Ronke in NYC, the Hawaii Free Women of Color Library Pop-Up & Retreat is an all-community book exchange and mini retreat highlighting Black and women of color authors and entrepreneurs. The book exchange is "take a book, leave a book" style, so bring a title by a Black woman or woman of color to share!

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The Reminders Live at HiSAM
Jun
1
4:00 PM16:00

The Reminders Live at HiSAM

Come out for a FREE concert for the whole family on the Hawaii State Art Museum museum lawn!

The Reminders are in residence at Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design from May 26-June 7, 2019.

Dynamic musical group, The Reminders, seamlessly blend hip hop, soul and roots music and melodies into powerful performances with insight and thoughtfulness. Brussels-born emcee, Big Samir, weaves intricate rhythmic patterns into a bilingual French/English flow of street-smart consciousness. Queens-born emcee/vocalist Aja Black compliments with graceful deliveries, cadences, and vocal stylings.

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Outdoor Afro Hawaiʻi Reboot! - Hike Hauʻula Loop Trail
May
18
2:00 PM14:00

Outdoor Afro Hawaiʻi Reboot! - Hike Hauʻula Loop Trail

Outdoor Afro is getting a reboot in Hawaiʻi nei! Get on your hiking boots and meet up at Hauʻula Loop Trail for a fun and easy introductory hike. Join us as we gear up to get outdoors on a regular basisfor the healing it provides and the community it continues to build! Outdoor Afro is meeting to hike Hauʻula Loop trail, followed by a brief conversation about what our community would like to see coming out of Outdoor Afro Hawaiʻi, whether it's archery, beach yoga, or 'āina days, they're eager to provide a space for us outdoors!

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Alice Ball Memorial Black Graduation at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
May
10
3:30 PM15:30

Alice Ball Memorial Black Graduation at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

UH alumni and community, you're invited to celebrate “Black Grad” with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Black Student Association, next Friday May 10, at Keoni Auditorium at the East-West Center. We're proud that the chair of the Pōpolo Project Board of Directors, Jamila Jarmon, a UH alum, will be delivering the keynote address.

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