Indigenous Knowledge and the City

APA Hawai'i Chapter


Wednesday, June 5, 2019
noon - 1 p.m. HST

Honolulu, HI, United States

CM | 1

Add to My Log


Indigenous epistemology in the urban often stops at design elements or facades that serve as Indigenous identity and presence in the city. Indigenous planning, when even considered, is understood as a rural specific project. Crucially, this serves to bolster a construct of indigeneity as incompatible with modernity. This presentation will examine identity and relationship building in the city: How do we re-establish relationships between the ʻāina (land), kai (ocean), kanaka (people), and our cultural akua (deities)? What strategies do we employ as Indigenous Peoples to reshape the urban form according to Indigenous values and principles? Get sharper analyses and clarity around the ways that Indigenous knowledge can address the scope and scale of the city challenges we face. 


Event Location:

One Maui Plaza Building
2200 Main Street, Suite 601
Wailuku, HI 96793 


Event Registration


Resource URL


Konia Frietas, PhD

Invited Speaker

Antoinette Freitas was born and raised in Hawaiʻi on Oʻahu island. She is a Specialist faculty member at the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. As a Special Projects Coordinator, she has worked for several years in the area of community engagement and engaged ... Read More

Kaleo Manuel

Invited Speaker

Bio Kaleo Manuel was born and raised on the Island of Hawaiʻi with family roots in Waiʻōhinu, Kaʻū and Kahaualeʻa, Puna. He was recently appointed as the Deputy Director for the Commission on Water Resource Management and was selected by the as one of 21 emerging leaders representing the Asia-Pacific ... Read More

Ulalia Woodside, AICP

Invited Speaker

Ulalia Woodside, AICP is the Executive Director for The Nature Conservancy Hawaiʻi Program whose mission is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. Ulalia oversees dedicated staff and 13 Hawaiʻi preserves totaling 40,000 acres, the Palmyra Atoll research station, and a marine program that collaborates ... Read More

Kawika McKeague, AICP

Invited Speaker

Mark Kawika McKeague, AICP is a Kanaka Maoli practitioner serving as the Director of Cultural Planning and Planning Principal to G70, a Hawai‘i-based planning and design firm. With 18 years of professional experience, Kawika facilitates the integration of indigenous knowledge systems towards sustainable design solutions that are responsive to ... Read More

Contact Info

APAHI Programs Committee Chair, Contact Email