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Lecture offers a historic look at Hawaiian Kingdom property taxes Wednesday (March 28)


Thomas A. Woods, Executive Director of Honolulu’s Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, will present a lecture regarding Hawaiian Kingdom property taxes. His presentation, “Portals to the Past,” takes place Wednesday, March 28, 5:30-7 p.m., at West Hawai‘i Civic Center, Kealakehe Parkway and Ane Keohokalole Highway.

This is the third in Kona Historical Society’s free monthly Hanohano o Kona/Honoring Kona Lecture Series. This series is being held in cooperation with the Mayor’s Office of the County of Hawai‘i.

Woods said Hawaiian Kingdom property taxes and the policies that brought them about were “both a reflection of broader social changes occurring in Hawai‘i and a tool to create further change and promote stability at the same time.” His talk will cover such topics as social divisions and land management in old Hawai‘i, hookupu in Hawaii before western contact, controversy over the system of hookupu, the transition to western capitalism and taxation, and the major break with the past represented by the rush to westernize law.

Woods, a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he also earned his Ph.D., has, through his company, Making Sense of Place, Inc., done a great deal of consulting here in Hawaii. Organizations on his client list include: Kona Historical Society, Lyman Museum and Mission House, Hawai‘i Museums Association, Mauna Kea Astronomy Education Center, Manoa Heritage Center, and the Paniolo Preservation Society. He has written several books, along with numerous articles and conference papers.

The next Hanohano o Kona Lecture is scheduled for April 25. Richard “Sonny” Tanabe will speak on the subjects of spearfishing and the evolution of freediving.

Further information is available at or by calling 323-3222.

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