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An “Elsewhere” We Call Home

By Tatiana Kalaniopua Young, PhD on July 31, 2020

Kamaʻāina: Child of the Land (2020), a short film by Kimi Howl Lee, centers on the story of a gender-queer teenage character named Mahina played by Malia Kamalani Soon. Mahina lives on the streets of Waiʻanae, a rural, mostly Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) and Pacific Islander community on the island of Oʻahu.  Throughout this document, …

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What is the humanities in Hawaiʻi?

By Lyz Soto on December 17, 2019

In Hawaiʻi, we are held by so many cultures. Much of our scaffolding is decidedly American, yet Kānaka Maoli, the people first and foremost shaped by the lands of these islands, are the culture that critically defines what it means to be native to this archipelago. We are also heavily influenced by Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, …

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