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Marie Alohalani Brown
Ph.D., University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Marie Alohalani Brown hails from Mākaha, Oʻahu, but her ancestral roots are in Hoʻokena, Hawaiʻi. She holds a B.A. in Anthropology (UHM), a B.A. and M.A. in Hawaiian language (UHM), and a PhD from the UHM English Department. Her dissertation, framed as a life-writing project, chronicles the life and contributions of a Kanaka Maoli intellectual, John Papa ʻĪʻī, a significant figure in nineteenth-century Hawaiʻi. Alohalani specializes in Hawaiian religion and the belief system of which it is part. In particular, she is known for her extensive research on Moʻo Akua (Hawaiian reptilian water deities). An avid reader, collector, and scholar of moʻolelo published in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Hawaiian language newspapers, she is eager to share with students her familiarity with these primary sources and what they reveal about Hawaiian epistemology (ways of knowing) and Hawaiian ontology (ways of being).