Hawai‘i’s remote geography is often used to excuse our distance from current affairs on the U.S. continent and abroad. The grassroots organizations and educational materials compiled here aim to bridge this divide in conversation, solidarity, and community actions. Listed below are both local and national groups to support; there is also an evolving curriculum of existing literature, films, and art rooted in Black thought and resistance to further educate ourselves at this critical moment. These are starting points in a lifelong process of learning. If you have recommendations for this list, please email our editorial team at [email protected]. Please visit this site throughout the month as this list continues to grow.
Listen to Black People, Stand With Black People. This Kānaka resource from Kahala Johnson, a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Ph.D. student with a focus in Indigenous Relations, Alternative Futures and Political Theory, uses Hawaiian mo‘olelo and lā‘au lapa‘au as a first step for all to healing and action. Read the kāhea on Instagram, and download the image slides to share with your communities.
The Pōpolo Project is a Hawai‘i-based nonprofit organization that redefines what it means to be Black in Hawai‘i and in the world through cultivating radical reconnection to selves, community, ancestors, and the land, changing what we commonly think of as Local and highlighting the vivid, complex diversity of Blackness. The #PopoloSyllabus contains a list of readings on Black people in Hawai‘i and associated themes. Donate to their mission here (consider a monthly donation plan to sustain their programs).
A working Google sheet by Maya Gee of Hawai‘i-centric readings focused on on Black Hawai‘i, Black history in Hawai‘i, settler colonialism, published op-eds and personal stories, all available as PDFs or accessible online.
Non-partisan collective dedicated to fair information exchange and helping navigate people’s political consciousness in Hawaiʻi. Also find easy-to-read guides on Hawai‘i’s voting processes on @ponoforthepeople.
A survey to all three candidates for Hawai‘i Island asking them about key Smart Justice issues such as systemic racism, transparency and police misconduct from ACLU Hawaii. Full questionnaire also available.