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He Palapala Aloha No Kaua‘i (A Love Letter for Kaua‘i): Mana Wāhine Epistemologies and Pono Futurities

Cristobal, Nicole LK (2022) He Palapala Aloha No Kaua‘i (A Love Letter for Kaua‘i): Mana Wāhine Epistemologies and Pono Futurities. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Our ways of knowing are intertwined wih our places. In Hawaiʻi, Kānaka ʻŌiwi (the Indigenous peoples of Hawaiʻi) are epistemologically rooted in ʻike kūpuna (knowledges from ancestors/ elders), including the specific landscapes, heavenscapes, and waterways Kānaka ʻŌiwi genealogically call home. In this dissertation, I use Kānaka ʻŌiwi epistemology as theory, method, and practice. Specifically, I use moʻolelo (story/history/narrative) and moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy/lineage/succession) as methodology to steward and weave the knowledges of mana wāhine (powerful women) of Kauaʻi, Hawai‘i from a decolonial perspective. This place-based, qualitative project explores what knowledges Kauaʻi mana wāhine embody, how these knowledges relate to radical healing, and how these knowledges are intergenerationally transmitted toward the purpose of re-creating pono (rightful balance) futurities on Kaua‘i. Findings indicate that kuleana (responsibility/ privilege/ burden) connectedness, as a process that involves radical healing, re- connection to ‘ike kūpuna and engaging in the communal re-creation of mo‘olelo of survivance is foundational to re-building pono futurities. With ongoing colonization and the political polarities
of the twenty-first century, there is a need to re-member, re-create, and weave collective mo‘olelo of past, present, and future as interconnected. More research in and outside of academic spaces need to center Indigenous women’s knowledges using Indigenous methodologies by Indigenous researchers with Indigenous communities. This project aims to contribute to Kānaka ʻŌiwi healing of the future through the past, while pushing research and practice to reconsider how to be
answerable to the communities that continue to be the most harmed by dominant knowledge reproduction.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Cristobal, Nicole LKnlc36@pitt.edunlc36
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPatel,
Committee MemberGarcia,
Committee MemberKinloch,
Committee MemberMcCubbin,
Date: 13 May 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 1 March 2022
Approval Date: 13 May 2022
Submission Date: 20 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 240
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Epistemology; Kauai; Hawaii; Native Hawaiian
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 15:33
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 15:33


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