Hawaiian Journal ‘Oiwi Finally Released

Aloha Kakou,

This was the first article I ever wrote in my career at UH Manoa’s KaLeo newspaper. I just felt it was really important to write about something positive for Hawaiians plus, I really admire the journal staff,& what they are doing for Hawaiian writers, artists, & students, especially the efforts of my Kumu Ku’ualoha Ho’omanawanui. The ‘Oiwi journal staff are still accepting submissions for 2009’s Volume #4, more info on that below. I encourage all of you to share & submit your stuff.

It’s ALWAYS important to know your source of information so here are mine:

The information for my article came from various press releases Kumu Ku’ualoha gave me at the time, as well as in-class discussion & study of Volume 1 & 2 of the journal when I was in Hawaiian Studies, Hawaiian Language, or English classes at UHM, especially Ku’ualoha’s ENG100 (seriously take her class if you can, I could have been in an Honors English class, but instead I took Ku’ualoha’s one and I am very happy w/that decision^^). I also went to Kumu’s office to talk story a lot & at Kaimuki High School Kaleo Akim, my Hawaiian language told us about the journal. Kaleo, also helps to edit the journal.

My submission info came from an e-mail sent to me by the ‘Oiwi Journal staff on September 21st. The poem & artwork I submitted had been selected to be in Volume #4. That’s why I say, “If I can do it, so can you!”. So, submit your story, experience, poem, art, etc, anything already! ^^)

Some Contact Info:

Ku'ualoha Ho'omanawanui, editor

'Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal
p.o. box 61218
Honolulu, HI 96839-1213
ph: (808) 956-3031
fax: (808) 956-3083
e-mail: oiwi@hawaii.edu
web: www.hawaii.edu/oiwi

Mahalo Nui for reading,

Keahi Lee^^)

Written By: Keahi Lee, KaLeo Contributing Writer
Issue Date: 2/25/2005.
Section: Features
Link to online article: http://media.www.kaleo.org/media/storage/paper872/news/2005/02/25/Features/Hawaiian.Journal.oiwi.Finally.Released-2798451.shtml

The much-anticipated third volume of the "'Oiwi native Hawaiian Journal" will be released tomorrow. The latest volume of the 'Oiwi series is titled "Huliau," which means "time of change" and focuses on Hawaiian education.
"Huliau" reflects many of Hawaii's changes in the past three years, including the progress of Hawaiian education, the turning of Hawaiian seasons, and growth within the 'Oiwi staff.

Mahealani Dudoit, a former Ph.D. candidate in English at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, founded the "'Oiwi Native Hawaiian Journal" in 1997. As an award-winning Native Hawaiian writer, Dudoit wanted to give other Hawaiian artists and writers a venue and to create a body of contemporary Hawaiian literature.

'Oiwi became the first of its kind, the only journal to be staffed and written by Hawaiians; most of who were UH students and alumni. Dudoit believed in the Hawaiian ideal of "kuleana," which means both "privilege" and "responsibility." She believed that as the privileged 'Oiwi, "native people," of the islands, we have a responsibility to share our gifts. She even named the journal's printing press, "Kuleana 'Oiwi Press."

Another goal of hers was to preserve ancient Hawaiian genealogy through the words of today's writers. Dudoit saw 'Oiwi through the publishing of its first volume and most of the second. The first volume was called "He Oia Mau No Kakou," "we go on," referring to the writing of today preserving the Hawaiian culture for the people of tomorrow. The second volume was called, "Kunihi Ka Mauna," "steep stands the mountain," referring to the ancient Hawaiian chant that tells of the mountains of obstacles Hi'iaka faced on her journey to fetch Chief Lohi'au, her sister Pele's lover.

Unfortunately, just days before the release of the Oiwi's second volume, Dudoit passed away. While 'Oiwi had accomplished the goal of creating a body of contemporary Hawaiian literature by giving local writers a venue, the sudden loss of Dudoit left the 'Oiwi staff and the native Hawaiian writing community at another huge obstacle in their journey, much like Hi'iaka upon her arrival at the river mouth of Kauai's Waialua River.

While Dudoit would have wanted the journal to survive her absence, changes needed to be made. It took about three years before "Huliau" was completed; this volume reflects many of the changes that took place in Hawai'i.
Hawaiian education has progressed with the emergence of Hawaiian language immerssion schools, culturally centered Hawaiian Charter Schools, and the popularity of Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies courses at universities. These positive developments are part of the reason "Huliau" focused on Hawaiian education.
"Huliau" features poems, stories and personal essays by leading Hawaiian educators such as Manu Aluli Meyer, Ku Kahakalau and David Kekaulike Sing.

Another change that inspired the theme of "Huliau" was Dudoit's passing. Her memory and spirit is honored throughout the book with poems, chants and stories. Dudoit inspired the book's motif with celestial and astronomical images, such as the full moon, which appears during the season of Makahiki. While there are a couple of new features in the third volume, some old favorites have returned.

Volume 2 featured a list called "Notable Hawaiians of the 20th century," while volume 3 features "Notable Hawaiian Profiles," which honors the contribution of educators to various fields such as Mary Kawena Pukui for her knowledge of Native Hawaiian language and culture.

Another returning favorite is the public testimony by Native Hawaiians on community issues. Volume 3's testimonies are about the ongoing struggle to preserve and protect Mauna Kea. As always, the 'Oiwi journal features artwork by Hawaiian visual artists such as Kamaka Kanekoa, who designed the cover of "Huliau."

It has taken the "'Oiwi Native Hawaiian Journal" a while to become what it is today, and the third volume beautifully reflects the trials, tribulations and changes of writing, art, politics and education in Hawai'i. Chief editor Ku'ualoha Ho'omanawanui has stepped up to maintain Dudoit's original vision for the 'Oiwi journal by starting an officially recognized 'Oiwi club at the UH Manoa campus. With every new 'Oiwi journal, the Native Hawaiian authors and artists make great strides in literature and visual arts.

"Huliau" is no exception. So, even though it took three years to be born, "Huliau" is a change well worth the wait.


aloha kakou,

If you are receiving this e-mail, it is because we have a submission on file for you for volume 4 of 'Oiwi. We are in the process of going through all of our submissions, and making sure we have current contact information (email, phone, mailing address) for everyone.

Over the next few weeks, we will be contacting everyone to let you know the status of your submission.

The theme for vol. 4 is "Kupa'a Makou ma hope o ka 'Aina (We Stand Firm behind the Land)." We are anticipating a release of this issue mid-2009.

Our feature for this issue focuses on Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) voices on statehood, and Senate Bill 958 Supporting a Moritorium on GMO testing of Kalo, 2008 Legislative Session.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would just like to talk story, you can reach us via e-mail (easiest) or phone.

malama pono iho no,

ku'ualoha ho'omanawanui, editor

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