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An Oral History of Three Generations of Kapa Practitioners.

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Title:An Oral History of Three Generations of Kapa Practitioners.
Authors:Zeug, Marlene A.
Contributors:Professional Ed Practice (department)
narrative inquiry
oral history
Date Issued:Aug 2017
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:The first story about kapa I ever learned as a haumāna is two words: “just beat.” These
words were offered to me from my kumu kapa Aunty Verna Takashima, who heard them from
her kumu kapa, Kaʻiulani de Silva. Over time, these words became a metaphor, a pedagogy, a
language. Until they became stories built upon stories, the threads of the tapestry that both carry
the ʻike of a practice and weave us together. Even now, five years later, as my practitioner lens
embraces researcher and educator lenses, the ideas and stories in this text are summed in these
two words. So, this dissertation is a story of these stories.
This inquiry does not ask what kapa is, but how it is experienced through story. Using
the ʻohe kāpala design of the pewa as a visual metaphor, the moʻolelo of three generations of
kapa practitioners are genealogically presented in the “positive spaces”: Kaʻiulani de Silva (part
I), Aunty Verna Takashima (part II), and me (part III). These moʻolelo are contextually situated
within practitioner, researcher, and educator “layers” that also represent the multiple lenses I
wear. Negotiating my relational responsibilities among these shifting contexts and narratives fill
the “negative spaces” of this text. Together, these positive and negative spaces—the moʻolelo and
underlying narrative of my positionality—are the stories that comprise this dissertation.
Qualitative research is increasingly reshaped by inquiry that prioritizes narrative and
relational ethics in exploring the phenomena of human experience (Clandinin & Caine, 2008),
and this dissertation reflects this methodological commitment. Creating a space for these
moʻolelo creates a space to peer closely beneath the layers where philosophical spaces lie: about
shaping identity, about our understandings of educational practice, about how we come to
know. And in so doing, presents an opportunity for the reader to engage with these stories, to
reflect, and discover the lessons that lie in the folds of moʻolelo built from those two words, “just
beat,” the way I did.
Description:Ed.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
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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