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I Ku Mau Mau: Native Hawaiian Literacy Poetics/Practices/Politics

May 14, 2019, 12:00 pm1:30 pm

“I Ku Mau Mau: Native Hawaiian Literary Poetics, Practices, and Politics.”

Dr. ku’ualoha ho’omanawanui, Professor of Hawaiian literature, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

Tuesday May 14, 12-1:30

Many Nations Longhouse

University of Oregon

Native American Studies Colloquium Series

ku’ualoha ho’omanawanui is a Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) scholar, poet, artist, and mālama ‘āina advocate. She is a full Professor of Hawaiian literature, specializing in traditional Hawaiian literature (including folklore and mythology), Oceanic (Pacific) literature, and indigenous perspectives on literacy. Her research interests focus on place-based literature, literacy and learning. She is also developing Native Hawaiian Literature Digital Humanities projects. She is a founding and current Chief Editor of ‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal. She has published critical essays and creative writing in Hawai‘i and abroad (the U.S., the Pacific, and Europe). She is a former Ford Foundation Fellow (2001-2005) and Mellon Hawai’i Post-Doctoral Fellow (2009-2010). Her first book, Voices of Fire–Reweaving the Lei of Pele and Hi‘iaka Literature was published by the University of Minnesota Press in May 2014, and received an Honorable Mention in MLA’s award for best in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. She is currently Director of Ka Ipu o Lono, a Native Hawaiian Digital Humanities project in conjunction with UH’s DAHI (Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative) that began in 2015. She co-founded a Hawaiian literature blog with Dr. Marie Alohalani Brown accessible here:


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