Media release by The Kohala Center

KAMUELA, Hawai‘i — November 8, 2012 — Three Hawaiian language scholars discuss “Kuaihelani: Cultural Reclamation of Midway Atoll” in an upcoming Eia Hawai‘i presentation in Hilo and a Puana Ka ‘Ike lecture in Kona.

The lectures by Aulani Wilhelm, Dr. Kalani Makekau-Whittaker, and Hawane Rios will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 15, at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo, Campus Center (CC) 301, and from 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, November 16, at Keauhou Shopping Center, Suite 140 (next to Bianelli’s). This is a change of venue from a previously announced location.

Although a part of the Hawaiian Archipelago, the cultural history and significance of Midway Atoll has been forgotten along with its traditional name. In 2011, a group of Hawaiian language scholars embarked on a journey to recover some of the cultural history of Midway. A critical part of this process was a trip to Midway to connect the archival research to observations and experiences on the atoll and to reconnect that ‘aina (land) to our culture through language and ceremony.

The presentation will share the process and outcomes of this unique project developed through a partnership between Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo), Ka Haka ‘Ula o Ke‘elikōlani at UH Hilo, and National Oceanic Atmospheric Association (NOAA).

For more information on this presentation, contact Joy Cunefare at (800) 842-4682, extension 25340, or e-mail For lecture schedules and webcasts of previous lectures, visit or

The Puana Ka ‘Ike and Eia Hawai‘i lecture series are presented in partnership with Keauhou-Kahalu‘u Education Group, Kamehameha Schools, The Kohala Center, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo: Kīpuka Native Hawaiian Student Center, and the Keauhou Shopping Center.