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Arnie Saiki - Plebsicite (more on plebiscite here)
Jon Osorio
Kekuni Blaisdell - Disparities
Julian Aguon - Decolonization
Kuhio Vogeler - De-occupation clip6_kuhio.html

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When: Monday, May 4th, 6pm-10pm

Where: National Center for the Preservation of Democracy
111 N. Central Ave, Little Tokyo, Downtown LA (map)

FREE screening and event
sponsored by Visual Communications,
KA HĀ and Statehood Hawaii

This seminar is free and will be held at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy.
Tickets can be requested at the VC FILMFEST Box Office: (213) 680-4462, x59.

The VC FILMFEST Box Office is open Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m., through TUESDAY, APRIL 28, no exceptions. Pls. RSVP

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6-7 p.m. Reception
7-7:45 p.m. Short films
8-10 p.m. Panel with discussion to follow



Julian Aguon - is an indigenous Chamoru son of Guam, human rights writer-activist, and respected speaker throughout the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region on issues of self-determination, demilitarization, indigenous rights, and international law. He is currently a third-year law student and the author of three books, Just Left of the Setting Sun (2005), The Fire This Time: Essays on Life Under U.S. Occupation (2006), and, What We Bury At Night: Disposable Humanity (2008). He writes against the aggressive militarization and corporatization of Guam, convinced these forces threaten to destroy those life-affirming values that bind and sustain indigenous communities. In October 2007, GU Magazine honored him as 'The Advocate' in its Most Influential People of Guam campaign. He has represented Guam before the U.N. Fourth Committee and the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Kekuni Blaisdell, M.D. - is a professor emeritus of medicine and consultant in the Department of Native Hawaiian Health, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi, in Honolulu. He graduated from the Kamehameha School for Boys during World War II in 1942, received a BA in pre-medicine from the University of Redlands in California in 1945, and an MD from the University of Chicago School of Medicine in 1948. In 1983, Kekuni contributed to the first document on the grave health status of Kanaka Maoli for the US Congress Native Hawaiians Study Commission Report and, in 1985, the E Ola Mau Native Hawaiian Health Study Report. These provided findings and recommendations for the 1988 US Congress Native Hawaiian Health Care Improvement Act and the Native Hawaiian Health Scholarship Program. In 1986, he was a co-founder of E Ola Mau, a Kanaka Maoli health professionals organization; and in 1998, a charter member of Ahahui O Na Kauka, a Kanaka Maoli physicians association. Since 1984, Kekuni has been a member of the Kanaka Maoli Sovereignty Movement and, in 1993, was convenor of the Kanaka Maoli Tribunal.

Jon Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio, Ph.D - Jonathan Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio is Director of Hawaiian Studies at the Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where he received his Ph.D. in 1996. His research and teaching interests include 19th- and 20th-century law and politics in Hawaiʻi; music and identity; and Indigenous rights. He is also deeply interested in designing an educational curriculum that promotes Native Hawaiian values and forms of leadership.

Arnie Saiki - is an MFA graduate at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts - Dramatic Writing and spent two years in NYU’s Performance Studies program as a Ph.D. candidate before moving to Los Angeles. In 2004 He worked as the lead historical resarcher for the University of Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media documentary on Hawaii’s Statehood for the upcoming film "State of Aloha." In 2006, he launched the website as an independent website to engage the public on the controversy surrounding Hawaii’s statehood. In 2008, he was awarded a research grant by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities, exploring Hawaii’s statehood process through correspondances between the United Nations and the U.S. State Department. In 2008, the website was also funded through a “We the People” grant by the Hawaii Council for the Humanities as a means to encourage public dialogue, and has also just been awarded a Hawaii People’s Fund grant for his Statehood Hawaii programs currently on Olelo.

Kūhiō Vogeler, Ph.D "Kūhiō Vogeler is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science. He is a former East Center Degree Fellow and an ʻOiwi Ake Akamai Fellow. He has been involved with Hawaiian struggles for the past eighteen years and has participated in many protests and demonstrations, including the 1993 ʻOnipa'a Commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian government. The focus of his dissertation is a comparison of the political history of the Baltic States (Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia) and Hawaiʻi.

Randy Kaumana Chang (Pule & Moderator)

Five scholar/activists confront the myth of statehood in Hawaiʻi and present the complexity of Hawaiʻi's relationship with the United States in the world today.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Hawaiʻi statehood, a landmark event that suggests hula dancing, parades, and luaus. On the contrary, the subject of statehood is a highly controversial one and this panel will introduce the history, struggle, and perspective on independence and decolonization.

A free event sponsored by Visual Communications as part of their Silver Jubilee Asian Pacific film festival in Los Angeles, April 30-May 07 2009.

**Please print attached PDF for distribution**




Kaleponi Advocates for Hawaiian Affairs (KA HĀ) is a non-profit Native Hawaiian coalition of community leaders whose mission is to be a voice for all California Native Hawaiian communities working to protect Native Hawaiian entitlements through education, policy-making, training and service.

The mission of Visual Communications is to promote intercultural understanding through the creation, presentation, preservation and support of media works by and about Asian Pacific Americans. Visual Communications was created with the understanding that media and the arts are important vehicles to organize and empower communities, build connections between generations, challenge perspectives, and create an environment for critical thinking, necessary to build a more just and humane society.

Statehood Hawaii presents panel discussions and forums as part of a public engagement and dialogue series. At the 50th anniversary of Hawai‘i statehood, multiple perspectives about the past half century emerge, mixing the controversial with the nostalgic. Statehood Hawaii seeks to present all views giving the public an opportunity to share their perspectives through cross-media web/tv resources or through live public forum. The Hawaiʻi People's Fund has lent their support to Statehood Hawaii making our commitment to this forum possible.



1) Hawaiʻi People's Fund is a small, community-based public foundation established in 1972. We are a unique partnership of donors, activist grantmakers and grantees committed to positive social change and a more equitable distribution of wealth, resources and power.

2) Kanaka Maoli Independence Working Group was founded in 1988 by Kanaka and non-Kanaka supporters who began meeting at UH Manoa Ethnic Studies Resource Room every Friday evening at 5 pm. to pursue self-determination via the UN decolonizations process beginning with reinscription on the UN List of Non-Self-Governing Territories. Among early members were Marion Kelly, Steve Boggs, Kawaipuna Prejean, Louis K. Buzzy Agard, Tom Maunupau, Maivân Lâm, Mary Choy and Sylvia Krewson Reck. In Dec 1988 we convened the 2nd Hawaiian Sovereignty Conference in the State Capitol Auditorium. Keynote speaker was John Dominis Holt.

3) Ka Pakaukau was founded by 12 Kanaka Maoli sovereignty organizations in Oct 1999 in protest against the OHA "Blue Print" for OHA to become the government of a "Nation Within the US," with Hawaiian Home Lands as the land base. Among the founding members were 'Ili Noho O Anahola, King's Landing, Na Koa Ikaika, Na Maka O Ka 'Aina, Na 'Oiwi O Hawai'i, 'Ohana O Hawai'i,Pele Defense Fund, Pro-Kanaka Maoli Independence Working Group, 'Uhane Noa and United Hawai'i Aloha.

4) Kanaka Maoli Tribunal Komike was founded in Feb 1992 by Kawaipuna Prejean of the Kanaka Maoli Independence Working Group to conduct a Kanaka Maoli Peoples' International Tribunal in Hawai'i in 1993, to try the US for its crimes against our Kanaka Maoli Nation, and provide recommendations for restoring our government and control over all of our lands and waters.

5) Ka Lei Maile Ali'i Hawaiian Civic Club honors Queen Lili'uokalani and promotes her legacy to expose the truth of history and restore the Hawaiian kingdom.

6) Mineral Studios is a multi-disciplinary Web company that grew up with the Internet. We've been in the online avant-garde for, well, about 13 years. Graphite offers graphic and interactive design (yes, we do use pencils and keyboards). If you need REALLY serious online marketing, Sunstone will get you there. And we're proud to present breathtakingly customized hosting, programming and new-media services with Azurite.

Arnie Saiki,
Project Director
Statehood Hawai
(808) 218-4367

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