Academy of Land
The Academy of Land seeks a new form of academy adapted to hybrid postcolonial futures where native knowledge and modern solutions will need to exist hand and hand. Here the concept of Aloha Aina will govern the success and failure of humankind. This academy reaches into the past and the future for important departures from the traditional curricula, format, form, goals, locations, stereotypes, etc. This academy ushers in a new wave of old learning for Hawaii and beyond. The academy seeks to impart its pedagogy via ecological and social justice in the form of reparative practices as well as via productive and replicable learning goals. The siting of the academy is imperative to its mission and pedagogy. Seated in the cradle of the contemporary Ahupua’a of Waikiki the site occupies space at the intersection of the dense urbanism of Waikiki proper and the suburban and exurban potentials upstream of the Ala Wai Canal. Furthermore the land the Academy sits on represents one of the largest reclaimed open spaces in urban Waikiki. The proper use and stewardship of this land is essential to the success of the future of Waikiki and the Hawaiin people. For Waikiki to have a successful future and to sustain long term ecological and social growth the city must grow around the institution and its territories. The urban fabric must make space for the reparative and restorative work which happens there.