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Hawaiian Perspective of the Environment and Kumulipo
Rubellite Kawena Johnson
Rubellite Kawena Johnson is Emeritus Professor of Hawaiian Language and Literature at the University of Hawai'i, a recipient of the Living Treasure Award from Honpa Hongwanji and she holds the Hawai'i Award for Literature from the State Foundation Culture and the Arts and The Hawai'i Literary Arts Council. She is an expert in Hawaiian History, Culture and Religion; expert in Hawaiiana. She is a native Hawaiian and lineal descendant of Kuali'i and Kamehameha I, great chiefs of Hawai'i.
Dr. Johnson is a prolific writer and scholar who has published many books and papers on Hawaiian history and culture. Her presentation will share with us how our ancestors understood the environment, and how that understanding is passed down to our generation in the Kumulipo Hawaiian Chant of Creation.