Hawaiians are an oceanic people: The Pacific Ocean is their ‘place,’ their continent, their home. They are familiar with the sun, the moon, and the stars in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Ancestral navigators traveled from the western Pacific to the Bering Strait and down the west coasts of both North and South America. The stars are major guideposts but they are not only guides for traveling. The sun and the moon also have great importance in Hawaiian culture. Hawaiians have a different name for every night of the month and both the moon and the sun play crucial roles in our spiritual and cultural lives. Hawaiian origin stories begin with the universe and the stars and Hawaiians are still creating cosmological stories as our ocean canoes now travel the world inspiring other peoples to remember their pasts as we all forge ahead into an unknown future. In this class, Lehua Lopez will tell stories of what the cosmos meant to her ancestors and how they saw themselves as part of the larger universe.
Contact Lehua Lopez, a native Hawaiian cultural anthropologist (born and raised in Hawai`i) at (505) 585-8473 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to register for this class