You can learn a lot from a plant name: In this case, Hawaiian laua'e

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Thursday January 20

5:00 PM  –  6:00 PM

Join us for the first virtual Kahaukani Conversation of 2022 on Thursday, January 20 at 5 pm! 

Puanani "Nani" Anderson-Fung, an ethnobotanist of Hawaiian and European descent, will share a presentation entitled:

"You can learn a lot from a plant name — in this case, Hawaiian laua‘e."

This presentation is intended to be a fun, fast-paced story of how faith in the synergism of indigenous and global plant science, allowed Nani to solve the mystery of the Hawaiian plant name laua‘e — by showing that it actually names two very different fragrant fern species— and how this led her on a journey across Polynesia, tracing the genealogy of this name, which begins as a name for aromatic trees, that began in Tonga and spread throughout Polynesia!

If you love detective mysteries, historical intrigue, Polynesian migration theories, or the plants, languages, culture, or history of Polynesia—this talk intends to keep you entertained.

This presentation will take place over Zoom. Please register below and a link will be emailed prior to the presentation. 

Mahalo for your support of our virtual programming!