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(Re)membering ‘Upena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Mo‘olelo Beyond Queer Theory.

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Title:(Re)membering ‘Upena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Mo‘olelo Beyond Queer Theory.
Authors:Osorio, Jamaica H.
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:Aug 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:First and foremost, this dissertation takes aloha seriously. By exploring the ‘Ōiwi
concepts of aloha ʻāina and pilina at the intersections of ʻike Hawaiʻi, Indigenous queer theory,
and Indigenous feminisms, I offer an interdisciplinary investigation of ea, or Kanaka Maoli
modes of nation-building and governance. Specifically, through a close examination of
Hiʻiakaikapoliopele moʻolelo, I begin in Chapter One with a discussion of the ways aloha ʻāina
spins ʻupena of intimacies, which I engage as both an ethics and practice of relationality
grounded in ʻŌiwi land, memory, and desire. Chapter One also includes a review of Indigenous
queer theory and moʻolelo literary criticism in which I also discuss how our ʻupena represents
Kanaka Maoli alternatives to settler logics of heterosexism, cisheteropartriarchy, and
heteronormativity. Chapter Two elaborates on my Kanaka Maoli methodologies of research,
writing, and translation and maps the path of this dissertation through an engagement with
Hawaiʻi’s archive of 19th and 20th century nūpepa. I offer in Chapter Two a new approach to
addressing the many problems of the translation of Hawaiian language materials. I call this practice,
“rigorous paraphrase.” In Chapter Three and Chapter Four I cast our ʻupena of intimacies across the
Hiiaka archive and investigate pilina, intimacy, and ʻāina. Finally, in Chapter Five I narrow the
focus, moving from suggesting the expansiveness of our ʻupena of intimacies to articulating a
specific set of relationships that can help us see how the ongoing dislocations, disintegration, and
disembodiment of our Kanaka Maoli relationships continue to obstruct our ability to challenge
and offer alternatives to settler colonialism.
To each ʻāina she departs Hiiaka chants: “Mai poina ʻoe iaʻu,” and like Hiiaka, this work also
prioritizes ʻāina-based methodologies of (re)membering. In this dissertation, I join a succession of
storytellers, scholars, and activists who have fought and continue to struggle to decolonize and deoccupy Hawaiʻi. This ʻupena of intimacies is part of a larger call to action to take aloha seriously,
to (re)member our kūpuna, and to create deoccupied and decolonial Kanaka Maoli futures.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
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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