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E Hāpai I Kou Leo – Raise Your Voice for Change: A Discussion with the Founding Members of Grassroots Advocacy Group Nā `Ōiwi NYC

Co-presented by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Nā `Ōiwi NYC, and the NYU Native American & Indigenous Students Group. 

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In 2009, Kuʻulani Keohokalole (née Miyashiro), a Native Hawaiian MA student at NYU, sent an email to a group of Kanaka (Native Hawaiians), proposing the establishment of a Native Hawaiian-led and centered advocacy organization in NYC to increase public awareness of issues affecting Hawai`i nei.  With her partner, current Hawaiʻi State Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, and story consultant Kris Kato, Ku`ulani founded Nā ʻŌiwi NYC  — an education and advocacy hui (social or community group) dedicated to providing a New York-based platform for public discussion around Native Hawaiian politics and history. 

Join us to hear from these founding Nā `Ōiwi NYC members about the critical need for establishing the organization, and the continued importance of their advocacy and education work for Native Hawaiian communities both in Hawai`i and in NYC. They will also speak about the ways their involvement with Nā `Ōiwi NYC continues to guide their paths, both personally and professionally.

Nā ‘Ōiwi NYC continues to serve as a platform and resource for Native Hawaiians living in New York City, and aims to educate the broader public on Native Hawaiian culture, history, politics, and language. Over the years, the group has hosted Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Day of Restoration) celebrations to commemorate the end of British occupation in 1843 and to call for the restoration of Native Hawaiian sovereignty. Nā ‘Ōiwi NYC also hosts film screenings, workshops, community gatherings, and rallies that call attention to and support critical land, water, and political Native Hawaiian movements – including demands to shut down the Moanalua Red Hill Facility and to protect the sacred mountain Mauna Kea.

KŪKULU: Pillars Standing Together, co-sponsored by Nā ‘Ōiwi NYC, is currently on view in NYU’s Schwartz Plaza Vitrines.


NYU campus access guidelines: This is an in-person event, open to the public. Registration is required. Non-NYU guests may be asked to present a government-issued photo ID. NYU guests must present their NYU ID.

Accessibility note: This venue has an elevator and is accessible for wheelchair users. There are single-stall, all gender restrooms available. If you have any access needs, please email apa.rsvp@nyu.edu.

Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU, NYU Native American and Indigenous Students Group
Venue: 20 Cooper Square, 3rd floor
Add to Calendar 03/06/2024 06:00 PM 03/06/2024 08:00 PM America/New_York E Hāpai I Kou Leo – Raise Your Voice for Change: A Discussion with the Founding Members of Grassroots Advocacy Group Nā `Ōiwi NYC More detail: https://apa.nyu.edu/event/e-hapai-i-kou-leo-raise-your-voice-for-change-a-discussion-with-the-founding-members-of-grassroots-advocacy-group-na-oiwi-nyc/