Aloha nō kākou,
Two books from Kanaka ʻŌiwi scholars are advertised in the Fall 2008 Duke University catalog on the same page!

The first is Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui. Here is the first paragraph of the description of the book:

"In 1921 the U.S. Congress officially defined ʻnative Hawaiians' as those people 'with at least one-half blood quantum of individuals inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands prior to 1778.' This 'blood logic' has since become an entrenched part of the legal system in Hawaiʻi, and it has had a profound effect on cultural definitions of indigeneity, transforming notions of kinship and belonging among Native Hawaiians. Hawaiian Blood is an impassioned assessment of the far-reaching legal and cultural effects of the arbitrary correlation of blood and race imposed by the U.S. government on the indigenous peoples of Hawaiʻi. J. Kēhaulani Kauanui explains how blood quantum classification emerged as a way to undermine Kanaka Maoli sovereignty by explicitly limiting the number of Hawaiians who could lay claim to the land and by recasting Hawaiians' land claims in terms of colonial welfare rather than as a sovereign right."

Kēhaulani's book is scheduled for release in November.

And on the right we have Native Men Remade: Gender and Nation in Contemporary Hawaiʻi
by Ty P. Kāwika Tengan:

"Many indigenous Hawaiian men have felt profoundly disempowered by the legacies of colonization and by the tourist industry, which, in addition to occupying a great deal of land, promotes a feminized image of Native Hawaiians (evident in the ubiquitous figure of the dancing hula girl). In the 1990s a group of Native men on the island of Maui responded by refashioning and reasserting their masculine identities in a group called the Hale Mua. As a member and an ethnographer, Ty P. Kāwika Tengan analyzes how its mostly middle-aged, middle-class, and mixed race members assert a warrior masculinity through practices including martial arts, wood-carving, and cultural ceremonies. Some of their practices are heavily influenced by or borrowed from other indigenous Polynesian traditions, including those of the Maori. The men of Hale Mua enact their refashioned identities as they participate in temple rites, protest marches, public lectures, and cultural fairs."

Kāwika's book is scheduled for release in October.

He hoʻomaikaʻi iā ʻolua e Kēhaulani me Kāwika! E hoʻolauleʻa kākou i kēia mau puke hou!

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