At the threshold

Umi Perkins discusses the DOI and the five threshold questions about Hawaiian governance.

Eric K Cordeiro

Umi Perkins joins us to discuss the informational tour by the Department of the Interior to determine if they should open a government to government relationship with Native Hawaiians. Our conversation covers the 5 threshold questions that the DOI is focusing on along with discussion and speculation on the impact of any decisions that may come out of these meetings.The Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making provided by the Department of the Interior can be found on the Federal Register website. A note about the show, these discussions took place the week prior to the DOI’s visit. We are a planning a follow up discussion after the Oahu visits have completed.

About our guest: ʻUmi Perkins teaches Hawaiian History at the Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, a private, preparatory school for native Hawaiian students in Honolulu. He is also a lecturer in Political Science at Windward Community College in Kāneʻohe, Hawaiʻi. He has a master’s degree in Government from Harvard and has a PhD in Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa. He is the author of the forthcoming textbook Moʻolelo: A Hawaiian History, and his dissertation research is focused on Hawaiian land tenure. He sits on the editorial boards of Kamehameha Publishing and the academic journal Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being. In 2004 he was a Fulbright scholar to New Zealand, studying the country’s educational system. He does freelance writing and editing through his company Kukini Consulting.