The Power of the Steel-tipped Pen: Reconstructing Native Hawaiian Intellectual History
Noenoe K. Silva is Professor of Indigenous Politics at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and author of
Ngugi wa Thiong’o is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, plays, and criticism, most recently,
Kanaka Geography and Aloha ʻĀina
Chapter 3 focuses on Kānepuʻu’s contributions to native geography, which display his feelings of and commitment to aloha ʻāina. In the chapter I describe and analyze two of Kānepuʻu’s important works in the hope that, first, it will contribute to the ongoing project of several Kanaka scholars, among them Carlos Andrade, Renee Pualani Louis, and Katrina-Ann Kapāʻanaokalāokeola Oliveira, to establish and perpetuate specifically Kanaka geography, and, second, that it will show how Kanaka geography in any era of colonialism—his or ours—is necessarily a political project that must include critiques of the processes that are harming our people and our ʻāina....