Tuesday, August 3, 2021 • 6-7 pm
Free virtual event; register below

Kids are very aware of the world around them. They know when they’re treated differently because of their race. And they hear about incidents affecting people like them in the news. It’s our job to help them understand and heal from those experiences. What should we say, and how should we answer their questions? In this free virtual event, community leaders Kū Kahakalau and Elisapeta Alaimaleata will help us navigate these difficult issues.

Can't make the live event? After you register, you'll be able to submit questions in advance for the panelists to answer. The event will be replayed on HCAN’s Facebook page on Wednesday, August 4 at 7 am. A recording will also be sent to everyone who registers below.

This event is free, but donations are welcome to support HCAN’s work.

About Kū Kahakalau, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Kū-A-Kanaka

Kū Kahakalau is the founder and former director of Kanu O Ka ʻĀina, the first Hawaiian-focused public charter school, located on Hawaiʻi Island. An award-winning educator, researcher, songwriter and Hawaiian language and culture expert, Dr. Kahakalau has been involved in indigenous, particularly Hawaiian, education and research for over 30 years. Her work has promoted the revitalization of Hawaiian language and culture, hands-on learning in the environment, community sustainability, food sovereignty, and Hawaiian self-determination in education and beyond using a Pedagogy of Aloha.

About Elisapeta T. Lesatele Alaimaleata
Executive Director/Founder, Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center

Elisapeta T. Lesatele Alaimaleata is from American Samoa and the Independent Nation of Samoa. Elisapeta’s professional history shows her dedication to the use, preservation and propagation of Samoan language and culture, and her service to native children. She has extensive experience as a classroom teacher of all stages from early education through High School. 12 years of her work at the University of Hawaii-Manoa were with some of the most under-served student populations in areas like Kalihi, Waipahu, and Waianae on Oahu. She traveled to Phonpei, Micronesia as a teacher trainer and a consultant.

About Keiki Talks

Keiki Talks are Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network’s premier forum for community leaders to learn about issues affecting our keiki. Previous topics have included adverse childhood experiences, the economic benefits of childhood investment, and paid family leave.


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August 03, 2021 at 6:00pm - 7pm

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