The conference was the very first Native Hawaiian Writers and Literature conference. In addition to the 400+ conference attendees, it attracted over 30 Native Hawaiian published writers who participated in multiple ways including as panelists, performers, workshop presenters and moderators and keynote speakers.
In coordination with regional partners, the conference convened an “arts and the environment” focused symposium at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, in Bozeman, Montana. This special convening brought together key culture bearers and artists of the region and nationally.
Christen Marquez is a young filmmaker working to dispel the “Exotic Other” myths that surround indigenous peoples. “Through the fusion of cultures in my work, I intend to carry the message of non-indigenous and indigenous communities alike, that we refuse to be fossilized,” said Marquez.