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Bringing Back Ho‘okipa: Engaging Tourism for Sustainable Self-Determination in the Pacific

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Title: Bringing Back Ho‘okipa: Engaging Tourism for Sustainable Self-Determination in the Pacific
Authors: Faanunu, Angela
Keywords: self-determination
values-based tourism
community planning
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Issue Date: Aug 2015
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [August 2015]
Abstract: This research investigated how some indigenous ‘āina (land)-based Native Hawaiian organizations engage with tourism strategically to enable them to continue working towards sustainable self-determination in Hawai‘i. This research was explored through the experience of the Ka Welina Network made up of organizations who adopted a community-based host-visitor (CBHV) model that emphasized the sharing of meaningful experiences, guided by the traditional customs of ho‘okipa (hosting), such as reciprocity, kuleana (responsibility), mālama (to take care) and aloha (love). This research investigated the challenges that the organizations faced in implementing the values-based model within a predominant capitalist society highlighting how
cultural practitioners must deal with the business of generating revenue to sustain organizational survival, while also remaining true to their Native Hawaiian values, goals, and way of life, aims that are often at odds with each other. Data were collected through participant observations, “talk-story” qualitative interviews, and secondary data. Research findings point to conditions
under which hosted experiences may lead to transformations among visitors that contribute to host communities’ goals towards sustainable self-determination. Based on the case study analysis, a conceptual model of values-based host-visitor engagement is offered.
Description: Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2015.
Includes bibliographical references.
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