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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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Love Letters to Community: Necessary Gestures

By Joy Enomoto on May 16, 2020

This is a letter of aloha and kanikau for my kupuna kualua, Keohokalole and my kupuna kuakahi, Annie Keoho and all of my kūpuna whose lives were forever changed by the maʻi ho‘oka‘awale ‘ohana. Sometime before 1879, Keohokalole contracted Hansen’s disease and was sent to live in Kalaupapa with her kōkua, David Poʻai. I do …

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Love Letters to Community: New Worlds into Being

By Lyz Soto on April 10, 2020

Dear Lovely You,  This is a letter in speculation in a speculative time. This is to all of you struggling through this moment of distance, uncertainty, danger, and fear. I am with you. In this space, I usually write to you in third person as the Communications Officer representing a collective of voices from Hawaiʻi …

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A Letter to You in COVID-19

By Lyz Soto on April 3, 2020

Aloha mai kākou, Never has that greeting resonated so resoundingly. We give you salutations in love and community. We greet you as part of our beautiful net of compassion, gratitude, and grace. We extend our thanks to all those who are placing themselves at risk to help others in this time of crisis. We send …

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Aloha to our National Humanities Conference Guests

By Aiko Yamashiro on March 7, 2020

Aloha e nā malihini, Aloha to you, our guests, to strangers and newcomers. We are awaiting your visit with excitement. Mahalo to the Federation and National Humanities Alliance team for all their care and hard work in bringing us together. Mahalo to our co-hosts from Guåhan, Amerika Sāmoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands for their …

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