Why It Matters - Holeka Goro Inaba

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To Holeka Goro Inaba, civic engagement and aloha ʻāina go hand in hand. Through mele, he derives his kuleana as a leader for his community and ʻāina. ...

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To Holeka Goro Inaba, civic engagement and aloha ʻāina go hand in hand. Through mele, he derives his kuleana as a leader for his community and ʻāina. #whyitmattershi kahulileolea.org

This program is part of the “Why it Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils, funded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and created in partnership with the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities.

In Hawaiʻi, “civic engagement” means more. When we understand civic engagement as a collective initiative that strives to define and better our community, we realize that the civic space goes beyond the town hall meetings, the legislative bodies, and the voting booth. To define and better our Hawaiʻi, we engage in a sense of place. We engage in aloha ʻāina. When we call Hawaiʻi our home, we are charged with a duty to aloha ʻāina. Ignoring this call––attempting to live passively in Hawaiʻi––renders one extraneous in this unique system of existence by which community and ʻāina thrive.

Our goal is to show what civic engagement can be when guided by the humanities and arts and unique cultural traditions and values of Hawaiʻi. We cannot strive to define and better our community without engaging ʻāina. Aloha ʻāina remains a guiding beacon––a fire we strive to maintain eloquently in the humanities and arts––and thus, in us all.
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