Brown Bag Biography: Halena Kapuni-Reynolds

October 22, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Zoom Add to Calendar

This presentation examines two documented huakai hele (trips visiting storied places, known as wahi pana), led by Henry Nalimu and Mary Kaoulionalani Pahio (Kaai) along Keaukaha's seashore. Drawing from Caribbean poet and philosopher Kamau Braithwaite's concept of tidalectics, as routed into the Pacific by literary scholar Elizabeth Deloughery, as well as performance studies scholar Diana Taylor’s concept of the repertoire, I consider the embodied and textual movement of these kupuna (elders) across this beloved coastline.

Halena Kapuni-Reynolds was born on Hawaii Island and raised in the Hawaiian homestead community of Keaukaha and the upper rain forest of Olaa. He is currently a doctoral student in museum studies and American studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and serves as the graduate assistant for the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program. In 2019, he published "Na Pana Kaulana o Keaukaha: The Stories Places of Keaukaha," a chapter celebrating wahi pana (storied places) through huakai hele (sightseeing tours) in Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawaii (Duke University Press, 2019).

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History, Political Science, and Anthropology, the Museum Studies Program, and Hamilton Library
Meeting ID: 954 2305 5123
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Center for Biographical Research, Mānoa Campus

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