Season 2, Episode 002: Dr. Kiana Frank on mud eating, the amazing world of microorganisms, and the power of good choreography
Dr. Kiana Frank is a brilliant scientist who bridges kānaka understanding of the world with scientific thought. Some of the very cool things covered in this episode:
-The edible mud of Kawainui: https://www.kawainui.org/histories-of-people.html
-Her lab at UH Mānoa: Lab Hui o Frank: https://www.labhuiofrank.com/
-Boss Dance Friends: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnCazvpP_kDRyVRzYWStQcA
-"Ea" as breath; "ea" as sovereignty
I hope you enjoy! Also: here's the link to my Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/wetheancestors
If I get more people, I can afford to make t-shirts and stuff to give my interviewees as gifts.
Season 2, Episode 001: Matthew Lynch on shift in perspective, the albizia project/she sheds, avoiding global collapse, Keanu Reeves
Meet Matt Lynch! He's with the UH Office of Sustainabilty: https://www.hawaii.edu/sustainability/
Some other great things he's into:
Purple Mai'a: https://purplemaia.org/
The Mauka Marketplace: https://www.mauka.market/
The Albizia Project: https://thealbiziaproject.com/
His very clever wife, Lucie: http://www.lucieandtheperfectwave.com/
He didn't say this out loud, but he probably also wants you to support the We The Ancestors Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/wetheancestors
Episode 007: Ciara Lacy, filmmaker
Ciara Lacy is a documentary filmmaker whose most recent film, Out of State, features the stories of kanaka maoli who have been exported to penitentiaries on the continental United States. She also talks about the personal process of filmmaking and what drives her. And makes me act silly.
Out of State's FB page: https://www.facebook.com/outofstatefilm/
Some other key thoughts:
-There being a restorative process to the creative element
-Upcoming Project: Ninth Island
-Upcoming Project: The Last Taxi Dance
-Pop culture obsession: music videos, especially the collabs between Childish Gambino and Hiro Murai.
Episode 006: Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp
Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp runs the Facebook Group: Hawaiian History and Culture. We talk about how this group evolved, his sources of information and inspiration, and what it means to be a 21st Century digital cultural historian.
Some key concepts:
-His FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/164871330203405/
-His blog: http://hawaiianhistorian.blogspot.com/
-The Filipino historians he references: Renato Constantino, Teodoro Agoncilio, Teodoro Kalaw
-Hawaiian as a matrifocal society
-Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Bonus reference: Benedict Anderson, Imagined Communities
Episode 005: Ku'uwehi Hiraishi on being an 'olelo Hawai'i journalism pioneer/guinea pig/the tip of the spear, representation, and where journalism should go
Ku'uwehi Hiraishi is a general assignment reporter for Hawaii Public Radio. She is also an alum of 'olelo Hawai'i immersion school, and uses this perspective to inform not only her reporting but also inspire the direction of HPR and beyond.
(She is also the most efficient interviewee I've ever had!)
Episode 004: Neenz Faleafine: social media to build collaboration, aka using the tools of the oppressor for good
Neenz Faleafine, social media guru and community collaborator
-Neenz' company: Pono Media
-Social media to: communicate, collaborate, build community, and create a culture
-Mentor: Guy Kawasaki
-Pop culture obsession: Terrace House
Mahalo Neenz and Noe!