"Nā Wahine Koa: Hawaiian Women for Sovereignty and Demilitarization"

December 4, 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Mānoa Campus, Kuykeandall 410

**please note that this is scheduled for TUESDAY instead of our regular Thursday time Nā Wāhine Koa: Hawaiian Women for Sovereignty and Demilitarization documents the political lives of Moanike‘ala Akaka, Maxine Kahaulelio, Terrilee Keko‘olani-Raymond, and Loretta Ritte, four wāhine koa who emerged as movement organizers in the 1970s. While their lives and political work took different paths, they have maintained strong commitments to aloha ʻāina throughout their lives. Combining life writing, photos, political testimonies and other ephemera, the book offers a vivid picture of women in Hawaiian movements for justice, demilitarization, and sovereignty.In this talk and in the book, I center the memories of Hawaiian women activists, who have been marginalized by sexist ways of memorializing the movement. I argue that these wāhine koa offer us futurities that reorient emplaced relationships between pasts and futures through aloha ʻāina. I also grapple with the question of why, in Hawaiian scholarship and activism, aloha ʻāina needs mana wahine and a Hawaiian feminist analysis.

Noelani Goodyear–Ka‘ōpua is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at UH Mānoa. She is the author of The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), and coeditor of A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty (Duke University Press, 2014) and The Value of Hawaiʻi, volume 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions (UH Press, 2014).

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Center for Biography, Mānoa Campus

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