Kanaka Oiwi Methodologies: Moolelo and Metaphor
184pp. November 2015
Kanaka Oiwi Methodologies: Moolelo and Metaphor
Editor: Oliveira, Katrina-Ann R. Kapaanaokalaokeola Nakoa; Wright, Erin Kahunawaikaala;
For many indigenous scholars, embarking on their research journey can be a bewildering, marginalizing experience. From the sciences to applied engagement scholarship, often the approaches to research and inquiry ignore ancestral knowledge, as well as alternative worldviews and creative avenues for discovery and learning. Kanaka `Ōiwi Methodologies: Mo`olelo and Metaphor addresses this dilemma by exploring various approaches to inquiry through the lenses of Native Hawaiian scholar perspectives and practices.

Kanaka `Ōiwi Methodologies is a collection of methodologies-focused essays written by Kanaka `Ōiwi scholars across academic disciplines. Collectively, the essays in the volume aim to generate dialogue around Kanaka `Ōiwi research methodologies and to consider the diverse ways in which Kanaka `Ōiwi scholars engage in the research process. The authors illustrate how they have used these methodologies to guide and inform their research for deeper understanding, language and cultural revitalization, and positive social change. Their texts examine Native Hawaiian Critical Race Theory, Hawaiian traditions and protocol in environmental research, using mele for program evaluation and research design, and other timely and significant concepts.

From the Dean’s preface—

“Our first three volumes compelled us to engage and learn from the life stories of beloved kumu, explore deeply the life lessons and stories of our `āina, and study and appreciate the artistry and functionality of what we create with our hands. In this fourth volume, we are asked to make sense of the diverse ways that we use story to tangle with capacious questions; that is, how to express our kanaka frameworks and methodologies that we, as kanaka researchers, work with in our contemporary and disciplined fields of study. Conveying this thinking is important not only to kanaka but also to everyone working with `ike Hawai`i.” —Maenette K. P. Ah Nee-Benham, Hawai`inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa

9 black & white illustrations

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Editor: Oliveira, Katrina-Ann R. Kapaanaokalaokeola Nakoa; Wright, Erin Kahunawaikaala;
Katrina-Ann R. Kapā'anaokalāokeola Nākoa Oliveira is associate professor of Hawaiian language and the director of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian language, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright is assistant professor of educational administration at the College of Education, University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.