Hoʻomoe wai kāhi ke kāoʻo : creating a space & place for Mākuahine in the university

Waialae, Chantrelle Ann Melenani
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[Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [May 2013]
As a Mākuahine Scholar, this project is very personal and dear to me. I too will share my own experiences. I am dedicated to outlining genuine challenges and producing positive amendments to UHM. One may question whether or not this actually makes me biased to my research. However, due to my personal connection to this project, no one else would want a more genuine report. As an insider, I can connect with participants on a level that other researchers would not be able to and am able to more deeply understand the experiences of Mākuahine Scholars at UHM. I realize that my interview questions may influence results from interviews, so I asked each of the mothers to contribute their own questions and topics for discussion. I have also included the questions and answers from each interview to allow readers the opportunity to decipher the data themselves. I hope to generate an understanding and clear perspective on these issues. More importantly, I hope to encourage my readers to think outside of the structure that has been replicated for generations and to finally address and support a group of students whose presence is beneficial to all of UH. This project will begin with Mākuahine Scholars and end with a rejuvenation of the entire University. This paper articulates methods for equal opportunities for Mākuahine Scholars in the university. The first half of the paper's title, "Hoʻomoe Wai Kāhi Ke Kāoʻo" is a ʻōlelo noʻeau that is translated as "let all travel together like water flowing in one direction" (Pukui 118). It calls for unity and acceptance of Mākuahine at UHM so that we may all move forward together towards our goals. This paper will start with an explanation for the target group (Mākuahine Scholars) and end having provided benefits for the entire university. The information gathered is written for Mākuahine Scholars at UHM however, it seeks to be a guide or map for all women and universities.
M.A. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2013.
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