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Title: Ki'i papalua : Imagery and colonialism in Hawai'i 
Author: Keawe, Lia O'Neill Moanike'ala Ah-Lan
Date: 2008
Description: Includes supplementary digital materials. Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008. It aims to locate the blurring of the boundaries between imagery and colonialism in Hawai'i. Through a semiotic reading of images, photographs and advertisements of the Hawaiian hula girl, these galleries will tease out and expose the structures of colonialism which are concealed behind the imagery of the Hawaiian hula girl. Organized into six galleries, this spatial imaginary serves as cognitive maps for Kanaka Maoli to receive knowledge, awareness, understanding, recognition, comprehension, to re-fresh the mind, and de-colonize the Hawaiian hula girl image from its subjugation. The journey in this spatial imaginary is a counter-narrative told through a Kanaka Maoli perspective juxtaposed against meta-narratives fueled by western hegemony concerning our people, history, culture and most importantly our identity. Various texualities explain how we have inherited a dominant colonizer's history that does not belong to us but rhetorically erases the realities of our people. This dissertation takes the reader on a journey through a spatial imaginary of visual and textual galleries. The galleries become spaces, places to discuss, to look, to see, to make meaning, and learn how the image of the Hawaiian hula girl has been and continues to be appropriated, mis-re-presented and commodified. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 134-147). Reproduction. Also available by subscription via World Wide Web 189 leaves, bound 29 cm
ISBN: 9780549596523
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/20844
Rights: All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.

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