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Huihui: Navigating Art and Literature in the Pacific
320pp. November 2014
Huihui: Navigating Art and Literature in the Pacific
Author: Carroll, Jeffrey; McDougall, Brandy Nalani; Nordstrom, Georganne;
This groundbreaking anthology is the first to navigate the interconnections between the rhetorics and aesthetics of the Pacific. Like the bright and multifaceted constellation for which it is named, Huihui: Rhetorics and Aesthetics in the Pacific showcases a variety of genres and cross-genre forms—critical essays, poetry, short fiction, speeches, photography, and personal reflections—that explore a wide range of subjects, from Disney’s Aulani Resort to the Bishop Museum, from tiki souvenirs to the Dusky Maiden stereotype, from military recruitment to colonial silencing, from healing lands to healing words and music, from decolonization to sovereignty.

These works go beyond conceiving of Pacific rhetorics and aesthetics as being always and only in response to a colonizing West and/or East. Instead, the authors emphasize the importance of situating their work within indigenous intellectual, political, and cultural traditions and innovations of the Pacific. Taken together, this anthology threads ancestral and contemporary discursive strategies, questions colonial and oppressive representations, and seeks to articulate an empowering decolonized future for all of Oceania.

Representing several island and continental nations, the contributing authors include Albert Wendt, Haunani-Kay Trask, Mililani Trask, Chantal Spitz, Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio, Flora Devatine, Kalena Silva, Steven Winduo, Alice Te Punga Somerville, Selina Tusitala Marsh, kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui, Craig Santos Perez, Gregory Clark, Chelle Pahinui, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Michael Puleloa, Lisa King, and Steven Gin. Collectively, their words guide us over ocean routes like the great waʻa, vaʻa, waka, proa, and sakman once navigated by the ancestors of Oceania, now navigated again by their descendants.
Author: Carroll, Jeffrey; McDougall, Brandy Nalani; Nordstrom, Georganne;
Jeffrey Carroll is Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where he is currently the department’s chair. He is the author of four books: The Active Reader (co-authored with Anne Ruggles Gere), Dialogs, Climbing to the Sun (a novel) and, most recently, When Your Way Gets Dark: A Rhetoric of the Blues. He is currently working on the music of Gabby Pahinui.

A kamaʻāina of Maui, Brandy Nālani McDougall, is of Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiʻi, Maui, Oʻahu and Kauaʻi lineages), Chinese, and Scottish ancestry. A poet and scholar, she is the author of The Salt-Wind, Ka Makani Paʻakai (2008), the co-star of an amplified poetry album, Undercurrent (2011), and a recipient of the 2012 Braddock Award from College Composition and Communication (with Georganne Nordstrom). She is currently completing a monograph examining kaona in contemporary Kanaka Maoli Literature. She is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in the American Studies Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Georganne Nordstrom is an Assistant Professor of Composition and Rhetoric and Director of the Writing Center in the English Department at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Georganne’s recent publications have appeared in College Composition and Communication and the anthology A Brief History of Rhetoric in the Americas. She is the recipient of the 2012 Braddock Award (with Brandy Nālani McDougall) for the article “Ma ka Hana ka ‘Ike (In the Work is the Knowledge): Kaona as Rhetorical Action.” Her current research focuses on place-based pedagogy and rhetoric in Hawai‘i as means to counter the narratives of colonization.