‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal

Submission Guidelines

‘Ōiwi seeks to publish expressions of ke 'ano Hawai‘i (a Hawaiian nature) that can be put down on paper. Na ‘ōiwi are invited to focus on expressing in words or images their experience of the world.  ‘Ōiwi is interested in publishing submissions by na ‘ōiwi of all ages, and backgrounds. We are also not confined to our own era--we actively seek out writings from the past to republish, such as materials printed in the Hawaiian-language newspapers of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Even though ‘Ōiwi is about ‘ōiwi expression of ke ‘ano Hawai‘i, submissions do not have to directly address the issue of "Hawaiianness." In other words, the subject does not have to be about being a Hawaiian. What we are looking for when we make our final selections is a sense of a human being; that the human being is Kanaka Maoli speaks for our contemporary condition as a nation and a people.


Language Policy and Manuscript Length

The choice of language (i.e., ka ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i, English, pidgin, etc.) is left to the writer, including the decision to translate or submit a bilingual text. English-language and Hawaiian-language editors review all manuscripts. Editors will work with authors when any questions in terms of grammar, spelling, or fact arise. 

Submissions in all genres--poetry, short stories, oral history, testimonies, essays, fiction, non-fiction, plays, novels, etc. are encouraged, although they should not exceed 35 typed pages, double-spaced.  Excerpts of longer work (i.e., novels, plays) that fall within the page-length guidelines will also be considered. 

Academic articles will be sent through a peer-review process of at least two people with knowledge of or expertise in the field.   


Publication Schedule and Deadlines

Submissions are accepted year round. At the present time, the publication schedule of the journal varies, although the goal is to publish once a year. Materials submitted after the deadline of the current publication will be considered for future issues. When submitting your work, please include your mailing address, phone number, and an e-mail address so we may contact you. Submissions may be sent via mail or by e-mail attachment (preferable) to:

‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal                 or         oiwi@hawaii.edu

p.o. box 61218

Honolulu, HI 96839-1213 


Please allow up to six months to hear back from us regarding submissions.   


‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal is published by Kuleana ‘Ōiwi Press, a non-profit organization. Artists and writers whose work is accepted for publication will receive a complimentary copy of the issue their work appear in.

We look forward to receiving your submission! And please tell your ‘ohana and friends, too.

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