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Jon Osorio- Opening Statements

Jonathan Kamakawiwo’ole Osorio (Kanaka Maoli, Hawaiʻi)
Professor of Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi, Manoa

In 2010, Jon Osorio was the recipient of the Robert W. Clopton award for Distinguished Community Service.  He has been praised for his inspirational work and contributions as an insightful, caring and intellectual leader. Osorio has devoted his life to becoming an expert in Hawai’i politics and history, music and identity, and indigenous civil rights and social justice. He advocates for the restoration of Hawaiʻi’s political independence and the need to end the military occupation. His community service is imbued with the gracious spirit of ohana that values children, elders, and friends. He has truly made a deep impact in the lives of so many people, as well as on numerous communities across the region.