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A 3 day Hackathon & Summit focused on exploring Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) identity & Moʻokūʻauhau (Hawaiian Genealogy)

A non-traditional hackathon; expanding on traditional kanaka concepts including moʻokūʻauhau, our collective identity, and honoring our ancestors; using modern technologies; bringing a foundation of kanaka digital tooling to the world.

Come join us as we collectively explore our kanaka identity/heritage—with moʻokūʻauhau as our project’s foundation—using modern technology & tooling. Pretty cool, yeah?

We are starting with an idea around coming together to build a genealogy tool. One that is rooted in kanaka concepts mai ka hiko (da’ olden times) and through a present-day lens.

So you! Yeah, you! We need you! Both those with technical and cultural expertise. Kanaka—and technical allies interested in participating—should come with a good attitude, a learning mentality, and, most likely, extra extension cords.

Bump shoulders with others like you. As our Hawaiians in Tech community has realized, you should know we exist and are tʻriving.

Our weekend will include both a technical and a non-technical track. This includes Keynote talks from community leaders such as Dr. Lilikalā Kame’eleihiwa. Workshops focused on the mo’olelo of Haloa, Kū & Hina, and the opportunity to work in lo’i kalo.

We look forward to seeing you all over Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea weekend and plan to finish our Demo Day Sunday morning for those interested in joining in the celebration that day.

Food & Drinks will be provided. Fri: Dinner, Sat: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Sun: Breakfast.


Friday hosted at Halau ‘Inana: 2438 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96826

Saturday hosted at Pu’uhonua O Waimanalo: 41-1300 Waikupanaha St, Waimanalo, HI 96795

Sunday Demo Day hosted at Native Books at Arts & Letters: 1164 Nuuanu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96817

More info can be found at our website: https://hawaiiansintech.org/hackathon

Looking for:

Technical Help 🛠

Looking for individuals who can help us:

Parse, store, or manage data

Shape data infrastructural / system design

Visualize hierarchical & interconnected data in a compelling way

A degree of technical acumen or a strong will to pick one up fast

Smart, open-minded folks with a good attitude

Common technical roles we’re looking for (but not limited to):

Software engineers

Testing engineers

Data infrastructure / science / analysis

Privacy & safety

User-generated content & moderation

UX / Product / UI designers

Non Technical Help 💡

Looking for individuals who can help:

Engage in thoughtful discussions exploring our modern relationship to mo’oku’auhau and connect with like minded individuals

Co-develop a framework to digitize, organize, and share genealogy with the rest of their ‘ohana

Test out and provide thoughtful feedback on existing functionalities

Provide thoughts and ideas on future development of the project

Give opinions on the best visualizations for the genealogy data

18+ and only technical remote option for this event

Schedule subject to change:

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