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ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui

Assistant Professor
Chief Editor 'Ōiwi: A native Hawaiian journalMore

ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui
E aloha mai! I am a Kanaka Maoli scholar, poet, artist, and mālama ‘āina advocate. I am also an Associate Professor of Hawaiian literature, specializing in traditional Hawaiian literature (including folklore and mythology), Oceanic (Pacific) literature, and indigenous perspectives on literacy. My research interests focus on place-based literature, literacy and learning. I am also interested in developing Digital Indigenous Humanities projects. I am a founding and current Chief Editor of ‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal. I have published critical essays and creative writing in Hawai‘i and abroad (the U.S., the Pacific, and Europe). I am a former Ford Foundation Fellow (2001-2005) and Mellon Hawai'i Post-Doctoral Fellow (2009-2010). My first book, Voices of Fire--Reweaving the Lei of Pele and Hi‘iaka Literature was published by the University of Minnesota Press in May 2014.

Office Hours

Office hours for Fall 2015 are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 noon to 1:30pm or by appointment


  • Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of the Pele and Hiʻiaka Literature. University of Minnesota Press, 2014.
  • "Afterword: I ka ‘Ōlelo ke Ola, In Words is Life—Imagining the Future of Indigenous Literatures." The Oxford Companion of Literature of the Indigenous Americas, James Cox and Daniel Heath Justice, eds. Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • "Displacing Place: Translating Pele in Cyberspace." American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Patrick Wolfe, ed. Forthcoming, University of California at Los Angeles Press, 2013.
  • “Ke Haʻa Lā Puna i ka Makani : Pele and Hiʻiaka Moʻolelo and the Possibilities for Hawaiian Literary Analysis.”  Hoʻokulaiwi Journal of Hawaiian Education, Laiana Wong and Margie Maaka, eds., 2013.
  • “Hanohano Wailuanuiahoʻāno: Remembering, Recovering, and Writing Place.”  Hūlili, Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-being,vol. 8 (2012): 187-243.

  • “From Captain Cook to Captain Kirk (or, From Colonial Exploration to Indigenous Exploitation): Issues of Hawaiian Land, Identity, and Nationhood in a ‘Post-ethnic’ World.”  Transnational Crossroads: Remapping the Americas and the Pacific, Camilla Fojas and Rudy Guevarra, eds. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2012.
  • “Contested Ground: ʻĀina, Identity, and Nationhood in Hawaiʻi.”  ‘We the Peoples’, Indigenous Rights in the Age of the Declaration, Elvira Pulitano, ed. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • “Mana Wahine: Feminism and Nationalism in Hawaiian Literature.” Anglistica, 14.2 (2010): 27-43. Donatella Izzo and Cristina Bacchilega, eds. Hoomanawanui-article.pdf

  • “Mana Wahine, Education and Nation-building: Lessons for Kanaka Maoli Today in Nā Moʻolelo o Pele a me Hiʻiakaikapoliopele.”  Multicultural Perspectives12 (4) 2010: 206-212. Issue on indigenous perspectives on literacy, Penelope Lisi and Francisco Rios, eds.

  • “ʻIke ʻĀina: Native Hawaiian Culturally-based Indigenous Literacy.”  Hūlili, Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-being,vol. 5 (2009): 203-244.

  • “Mo'olelo as Social and Political Action: Responding to Jack Zipes (De-Disneyfying Disney) and Waziyatawin (From the Clay We Rise).” Eds. Cristina Bacchilega, Vilsoni Hereniko, Noenoe Silva, and kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui. Folktales and Fairy Tales: Translation, Colonialism, and Cinema,ScholarSpace, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, 2009.

  • “This Land is Your Land, This Land was Our Land:  Representations of ʻĀina in Contemporary Literature of Hawaiʻi.”  Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawaiʻi.Eds. Candace Fujikane and Jonathan Okamura.  Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2008.
  • “From Ocean to O-shen: Rap and Reggae in ‘Jawaiian’ Music.”  Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds, TheAfrican Diaspora in Indian Country. Eds. Sharon Holland and Tiya Miles. Durham, NC:  Duke University Press, 2006.

  • “He Lei Hoʻoheno no Nā Kau a Kau: Language, Performance and Form in Hawaiian Poetry.” The Contemporary Pacific.  Volume 17.1 (Spring 2005): 29-81.

  • “Native Hawaiian Literature.” The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature. Ed. Emmanuel Nelson.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Inc., 2005.

  • “Hā, Mana, Leo (Breath, Spirit, Voice): Kanaka Maoli Empowerment through Literature.” American Indian Quarterly,volume 28, Winter/Spring 2004, nos. 1 & 2 (2004): 86-91.

  • “Nā Mele a Nīʻau: An Annotated Bibliography of Sources for an Early 19th Century Poet of Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi.” Pacific 2000: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific.Ed. Christopher M. Stevenson, Georgia Lee, and F. J. Morin.  Los Osos, CA: Easter Island Foundation and Bearsville Press, 2001: 398-403.

  • “Ka Ola Hou ʻAna o ka ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi i ka Haʻi ʻAna o ka Moʻolelo i kēia Au Hou: The Revival of the Hawaiian Language in Contemporary [Hawaiian] Storytelling.”  Traditional Storytelling Today, An International Sourcebook,Ed. Margaret Read MacDonald. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999.

  • With Kay Fukuda, co-author. “ʻOluʻolu i ka Pā a ke Kaiāulu: Community and Place as a Textbook for Learning.”  Voices of Native American Indian Educators: Integrating History, Culture and Language to Improve Learning Outcomes for Native American Indian Students, Sheila Gregory, Will Goins and Sandy Kewanhaptewa-Dixon eds.  Co-author Kay Fukuda.  Landham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011.

Areas of Interest

>Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) literary studies>Literatures of Hawai‘i
>Oceanic (Pacific) literature
>Indigenous literary nationalism
>Indigenous Digital Humanities
>Children’s literature>Translation studies
>Curriculum development, Hawaiian language immersion and culturally-based charter schools
>Place-based literacy


  • Frances Davis Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2012
  • Mellon Hawai'i Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2010


  • PhD - English, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • MA   - Polynesian Religion, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • BA   - Hawaiian Studies, Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
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Spring Semester 2015

Course Title Time  
ENG 371(1) Lit of the Pacific (XL) TR 9:00-10:15 Edit
ENG 385(1) Fairy Tales & Adaptations (60 st.) TR 10:30-11:45 Edit

Fall Semester 2014

Course Title Time  
ENG 479(1) Modern Pacific Women's Poetry TR 1:30-2:45 Edit
ENG 773(1) Sem in Hawaiian Lit (Kanaka Maoli) (LSE/CSAP/HAP) R 6:30-9:00 Edit

Fall Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 272(12) Mele as Poetry TR 12:00-1:15 Edit
ENG 773(1) SemLitsHI: Hawaiian Literature (LSE/CSAP/AP) F 3:30-6:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2013

Course Title Time  
ENG 100(39) Composition I TR 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 470(1) St/Asia Pacific (Indigenous Pacific Poetry) TR 1:30-2:45 Edit

Fall Semester 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 272(10) Intro to Lit: Culture Kanaka Maoli Literature TTH 10:30-11:45 Edit
ENG 272(12) Intro to Lit: Culture (Kanaka Maoli Literature) TTH 12:00-1:15 Edit
ENG 773(1) SemLitsHI: HAWN Folklore, Myth, Lit (CSAP/LSE/AP) T 3:30-6:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2012

Course Title Time  
ENG 370(1) Ethnic Lit of Hawaii (XL ES 370) TTH 1:30-2:45 Edit
ENG 385(1) Fairy Tales (60) TTH 10:30-11:45

Fall Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 383(1) Children's Lit (60) TTH 1:30-2:45 Edit
ENG 772(1) Lit. HI: Kanaka Maoli Non-Ficton (LSE, AP, CSAP) TH 6:30-9:00 Edit

Spring Semester 2011

Course Title Time  
ENG 370(1) Ethnic Literature of Hawai‘i TTH 1:30-2:45 Edit
ENG 404(1) English in Hawai‘i TTH 10:30-11:45 Edit

Fall Semester 2010

Course Title Time  
ENG 100(48) Composition I TTH 1:30-2:45 Edit
ENG 770(1) Seminar in Cultural Studies: Women Writing Oceania TH 3:30-6:00 Edit