Join us for a lecture by Dr. Renee Pualani Louis on 10/24 @ 10:30am, in the Mondavi:

Mauna Kea: Protecting the Sacred. 

A Kanaka Hawaiʻi Cartographic Perspective

The facts that led to the standoff, the current situation, and future possibilities


Dr. Renee Pualani Louis is passionate about storied place names and their role in Hawaiʻi cartographic expressions, increasing awareness of Indigenous perspectives of science, and promoting Indigenous research sovereignty. She has been working in all these areas since receiving her degree from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Geography Department in 2008. Her book, Kanaka Hawaiʻi Cartography: Hula, Navigation, and Oratory (2017) is a journey into the basics of Kanaka Hawaiʻi cartographic philosophy and knowledge. Dr. Pualani Louis volunteers with the State of Hawaiʻi Board on Geographic Names and is currently serving on the Permitted Interaction Group assigned to work with the Puna Community in naming Fissure 8, the newly formed and most prominent volcanic feature from the 2018 eruption. She is also currently completing a draft Guideline on Indigenous Research Sovereignty, a collaboration with Indigenous communities.


Dr. Pualani Louis will also be available to meet with students/faculty/staff in office hours on Wednesday 10/23, 10am-noon in 2402 Hart Hall.


Thank you to generous co-sponsors: the Department of Native American Studies, North Pacific Studies Research Group, the Environmental Justice Project of the John Muir Institute for the Environment, the Department of Asian American Studies, the Department of Chicana & Chicano Studies, the Geography Graduate Group, the Cross Cultural Center, and the Davis Humanities Institute