2018 National Planning Conference

Indigenous Knowledge and the City

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198085

Location: 2011

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  • Learn Hawaiian words and their application to the city development context.
  • Reflect on assumptions about city development and the role of Indigenous knowledge.
  • Understand the role of Indigenous Hawaiian knowledge in city development in Hawaii.


Indigenous epistemology in the urban often stops at design elements or facades that serve as indigenous identity and presence in the city. Indigenous planning, when even considered, is understood as a rural specific project. Crucially, this serves to bolster a construct of indigeneity as incompatible with modernity. Examine Identity and relationship building in the city: How do we re-establish relationships between the aina (land), kai (ocean), kanaka (people), and our cultural akua (deities)? What strategies do we employ as Indigenous Peoples to reshape the urban form according to Indigenous values and principles? Get sharper analyses and clarity around the ways that Indigenous knowledge can address the scope and scale of the city challenges we face.

Session Speakers

Antoinette Freitas
University of Hawaii
Honolulu, HI

Ulalia Woodside, AICP
The Nature Conservancy
Waimanalo, HI

Mark K. McKeague, AICP
Honolulu, HI