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Ka Waimaka Lehua: Menstruation Through A Hawaiian Epistemology

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Title:Ka Waimaka Lehua: Menstruation Through A Hawaiian Epistemology
Authors:Kuahiwinui, Makanaalohamaikalani
Contributors:Hawaiian Studies (department)
Keywords:menses
menstruation
Hawaiian epistemology
hale peʻa
waimaka lehua
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blood
menarche
ceremony
menstrual practice
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Date Issued:May 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:Within Western patriarchal discourse, menstruation has been stigmatized to be defiled,
gross, and lewd. However, menstruation in a Hawaiian epistemology is sacred and should be
fostered within the modern ʻohana Hawaiʻi. To promote Hawaiian well-being, this thesis
explores the Hawaiian epistemology of menstruation, blood, and the purpose, function, and
meaning of the hale peʻa: menstrual house.
This thesis contextualizes menstruation through a Hawaiian epistemology and outlines
the importance and difference of said epistemology to dominant Western patriarchal discourse on
this subject. This thesis analyzes the literature and discourse of both Hawaiian language and
English language primary and secondary resources. The research for this thesis also includes a
focus group with a ‘ohana Hawaiʻi who conduct their own menarche ceremony. The findings of
this research will inform families and young women on traditions and practices, both new and
old, that may be utilized to honor and care for menstruation.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62475
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.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Hawaiian Studies


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