Posted on | November 25, 2009 | Comments Off on Celebrating Voices of Hawaiian Culture
Mānoa’s Curriculum Research and Development Group published Hāpai nā Leo, edited by Education Associate Bill Teter. From the powerful opening words of the Kumulipo to the propulsive rhymes of contemporary slam poetry, Hāpai nā Leo celebrates a diverse range of voices that explore, carry and regenerate Hawaiian culture.
This anthology responds to Malcom Nāea Chun’s Ka Wana series with a wide range of voices and perspectives far-ranging in style, form, and generation. The works address broad, yet specific, topics: sovereignty and power, economic and social relationships, identity and spirituality. While these perspectives represent particular stories and places, they remind us that people everywhere define themselves in ways large and small, public and private, individual and communal.