On Sunday, October 6, 808Urban’s “HI-Story” Urban Arts Festival welcomes local organizations to help build a stronger community through a variety of workshops. Each workshop is driven to share its organization’s visions of community building through creative outlets for all ages.
Hui Aloha ‘Aina Momona will be another organization coming out to share their values. This non-profit organization is a family-driven, community-driven and culture-driven.Their goal is to restore ‘āina momona (abundant land) in Hawai‘i using the core principles of sustainability and cultural perpetuation. They do this by engaging individuals, families, businesses and community organizations to become active stewards of the land, strengthening traditional practices based on agriculture and food. Hui Aloha ‘Aina Momona conducts a large number of educational and cultural activities for residents and visitors alike, as well as promoting the sale and consumption of traditional kalo food products like hand-pounded poi or pa‘i ‘ai. Their aim is to revive a strong and lasting relation ship to the land through the actions of kaholo ku‘i workshops and starting ku‘i clubs in local schools to demonstrating the process of cleaning, pounding and appreciating the great nutritional and culinary values of kalo. The youth run Kamehameha Ku’i Club will be coming out to encourage the community to join in and learn the traditional Hawaiian process of pounding kalo during their all day workshop, “Are You Down to Pound”. Visit www.ainamomona.org for more info about this organization.
Pacific Tongues will also be supporting Children and Youth Day on Sunday. Pacific Tongues is a nonprofit organization that cultivates an active artistic oceanic community of writers, spoken word performers, leaders, educators and students of all ages. Pacific Tongue’s youth artists will engage the public with their all day “Let’s Trade a Poem” workshop, a community trade where spoken word artists will write a poem or haiku for a trade of knowledge, words of encouragement or affirmations of life. For more info, visit pacifictongues.org!
The Filipino community will be coming to represent The F.O.B. Project. The F.O.B. Project is an educational program that brings cultural pride and empowerment to the Filipino community through the building and sailing of a custom-made indigenous Filipino boat. It will be a journey in reclaiming Filipino roots and converting a traditionally derogatory insult towards immigrants, F.O.B. or “fresh off the boat,” into a symbol of pride and hope for the Filipino community. The F.O.B. Project hopes to feed the mind, body and spirit of a marginalized community, ultimately launching a movement for equity and justice. All ages are welcome to their all day “Design Your Own Sail” workshop that is geared towards raising awareness about Filipino culture and the Canoe Project. Visit http://fobproject.wordpress.
Ocean lovers from Sustainable Coastlines will be coming to inspire our local communities to care for the coastlines through hands-on beach clean-ups and outreach. Come join Sustainable Coastlines for their all day “Marine Debris Magnet” workshop to jump rope with recycled plastic bags and make your own sea creature using plastic and debris that have been found on our beaches over the past year. Visit sustainablecoastlineshawaii.
Artists from 808 Urban will also be joining in on the festivities. The nonprofit arts organization serves Hawai’i’s ‘opio (youth) through a culture-based urban arts and mural training program focused on developing young leaders through community organizing and artist mentorship. 808 Urban’s Stencil Workshop is great for all ages and is all day. You can be as creative as you want using our handmade stencils to print on fabric provided or bring your own tshirts, hats, etc. to make your own design! Go to www.808urban.org for more info!
Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii will be coming to share their passion for pride and respect of Hawaiian and the Hawaiian culture. Because of this pride and respect, they aim to share information about culture, language and traditions with those who are interested in learning. From 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. Native Books/Na Mea Hawaii will be hosting a “Lei Making” workshop, then, a “Simple Printmaking” workshop from 11- 2 P.M. Come and learn how to make a simple Hawaiian wristlet with beautiful flowers and sharpen your printmaking skills! Go towww.nativebookshawaii.com for more!
Women from Hawaii’i Women in Filmmaking will be at Children and Youth Day to represent their organization that provides a creative and safe space where film and media-makers connect, create, mentor, and inspire current and future generations of women and girls to explore and pursue careers in the field of filmmaking. Their workshop on Sunday includes animation basics and flip books starting at 2 P.M. Visit their website atwww.hawaiiwomeninfilmmaking.
The Hawaii Coalition Against Immigration Reform (HCIR) will also be making an appearance. HCIR is a coalition of religious, community service and legal professional organizations who advocate for immigrant rights and campaign for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. HCIR is organized under the auspices of Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), a non-profit organization which works for change which would improve our communities for the benefit of all residents. From 12:30 to 2: 30 P.M. there will be a table for their workshop “DREAM for All- All Children Deserve a Chance” where people can sign postcards addressed to House Speaker, John Boehner, requesting a vote on a bill which provides a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented persons and families already in the country.