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AHAverim: Hawaiian Jews


  • Imani Altemus-Williams, writer and documentary producer, BA in Global Studies from the New School and MA in Indigenous Journalism at Sami University of Applied Sciences 
  • Rebecca Maria Goldschmidt, cultural worker, place-based artist and researcher, and doctoral student at Hiroshima City University in Japan 
  • Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp, writer, cultural practitioner, and historian of Hawai’i and Native Hawaiians 


AHAverim is sharing their research findings through a series of dynamic webinars, as well as an upcoming short film:


The Melting Pot Mythmaking: Native Hawaiian Responses to Americanization and Jewish Interactions with Native Americans

Register for each event:

February 22, 2023 — Learn more about the event and speakers here

March 1, 2023

March 8, 2023 


Kānaka Maoli and Jews share similar ideas on the sacredness of, and responsibility to, the land and our ancestors. Although Ashkenazi Jews make up only 2.6% of Hawai’i’s population, they are disproportionately represented in government, business, and land ownership. Meanwhile, Kānaka Maoli, who are native to the land, make up a disproportionate ratio of houseless individuals and incarcerated people. This research seeks to build better relationships between Ashkenazi Jews in Hawai’i and the Kānaka Maoli community, while confronting our complex relationships as Jews to the land, and by extension, our ideas of wealth and identity.  As part of the study, the research team will hold dialogue sessions and a retreat focused on building haverim (חברים) or solidarity and friendship. This study considers race, class and the experiences of Jews of Color in Hawai’i of varying ethnic identities, as well as conversations among participants who have converted to Judaism.  


Date Posted

January 2023


Jews of Color Initiative