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Na Moolelo Lecture Series

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Honolulu, HI 96813

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Iolani Palace invites you to join us at our new Na Moolelo Lecture Series, which feature presentations by Hawaiian cultural experts, historians, and museum professionals that prompt will discussion of Hawaii history and culture as well as museum practices.

The lecture series is free and open to the public.

The summer schedule for the Na Moolelo Lecture Series is as follows:

Wednesday, Aug. 8
Topic: Before and After: Shangri La
An important part of modern conservation practice is documentation and this includes before and after photographs of everything a conservator does. Prior to coming to Hawaiʻi in 2012, Kent’s career in private conservation practice included work on a wide variety of materials, from mosaics to bronze sculptures, from a the ancient to the modern world. Come and see how his work before coming to Hawaiʻi helped him tackle some interesting problems at Shangri La, Museum of Islamic Art, Culture and Design… illustrated with “before and after” photographs, of course!

Speaker: Kent Severson, Conservator, Shangri La, Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design
Kent Severson is the Conservator at Shangri La, Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design in Honolulu, where he is responsible for overseeing the care and preservation of Shangri La’s collection of Islamic art. He is a graduate of the NYU conservation training program and was formerly in private practice, in Boston, Massachusetts. He has participated in active archaeological excavations in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Egypt. In 2010, 2011, and 2016-2017 he was a Visiting Instructor for the Iraqi Institute for the Conservation of Antiquities and Heritage in Erbil, Iraq. Severson is a fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.

Wednesday, Aug. 22
Topic: Na Kilo Ao Māiki: Observing the microbial realm
Though our kupuna could not physically see microorganisms, she believes they understood their presence, which is reflected within our moʻolelo, mele, oli and traditional management practices. By better understanding the microbial moʻokuauhau of our ʻāina – bridging cultural and historical knowledge with contemporary knowledge systems – we can begin to decode the insight left to us by our kupuna and better evaluate overall ecosystem health, inform current monitoring, and perpetuate the restoration, sustainability and resilience of our native ecosystems.

Speaker: Dr. Kiana Frank, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Pacific Biosciences Research Center
Kiana Frank - born and raised in Kailua Oʻahu - is an Assistant Professor in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaii, Mānoa. She studies the microbial dynamics of Hawaiian ecosystems as a mechanism to better understand the connectivity between land and sea, and to perpetuate place-based knowledge and ecological-based studies that foster values and concepts of traditional management. Her work integrates biology, geochemistry, and ʻike kupuna (traditional knowledge) to address novel hypothesis and showcase connections between contemporary western science and Native Hawaiian Science.

Wednesday, Aug. 29
Topic: The Restoration of Family Ties
This inspiring presentation tells how Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa has helped hundreds of descendants of Kalaupapa reconnect to their family members who were sent to Kalaupapa because of government policies regarding leprosy, now also called Hansen’s disease. The journeys of the families are shared in this narrated slide show of historical and modern-day photographs

Speaker: Valerie Monson, Executive Director, Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa
Valerie Monson is an award-winning journalist who began interviewing the people of Kalaupapa in 1989. She is a founding member of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa and has been serving as Coordinator/Executive Director since 2008. She is also the co-author of “Ili Na Ho`omana`o o Kalaupapa: Casting Remembrances of Kalaupapa.”

All discussions will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the Kanaina Building on the Palace Grounds. Admission is free.

The free Na Moolelo Lecture series continues Iolani Palace mission to preserve and share Hawaii’s unique cultural and historical qualities with the community.

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