Pacific people gather in West Maui

VICTOR GREGOR LIMON photo

VICTOR GREGOR LIMON photo

Ikaika Kapu of Lahaina (left) shares a traditional Hawaiian honi with Herman Wainggai of West Papua at the 2017 West Maui Conference on Pacific Peoples and their Environments held in Lahaina on Oct. 13-14. There were over 140 participants including 54 speakers from every Hawaiian island and 16 Pacific countries at the two-day event held at the Na Aikane o Maui Cultural Center in Lahaina. Wainggai, a 2017 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, was the Oct. 14 keynote speaker. He addressed the nonviolent independence movement in West Papua.

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