Kona Historical Society Lecture Series Continue June 27th

Voices From the Edge: Hawai‘i’s Ancient Trails and Their Message Today

What can we learn from the ancient Hawaiian trails? How do they connect us to earlier times and what are the thoughts today about access? Dr. Richard Stevens will touch upon these topics and more in the sixth lecture in Kona Historical Society’s Hanohano O Kona Lecture Series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center.

During his slide show, which features images by the late Hawaiian artist Wailehua Gray, Stevens will discuss Hawai‘i’s ancient trails, their lessons for the present, their connections to the past, and their current imperiled status. Also on his agenda are access issues and the influence of these trails on land use decisions.

A Vietnam veteran who earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Stevens teaches history at the UH Center West Hawai‘i. In addition, he has worked as a “trail hunter” for the State Division of Forestry and Wildlife and the UH Research Corporation. He’s an author as well, having written books about Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Trail and articles about Hawaiian trails for Honolulu Magazine.

This is the June portion of a community lecture series for 2012 that spotlights local and state speakers on a wide variety of cultural and historical subjects. Presented by Kona Historical Society, in cooperation with the County of Hawai‘i, this lecture series is a gift from the society to the community that has supported it for so long.

Free of charge, the lectures are open to all, residents and visitors alike. Further information is available at 808-323-3222.

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