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 Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism, also published by Duke University Press.
Ngugi wa Thiong’o is the author of numerous works of fiction, poetry, plays, and criticism, most recently, Birth of a Dream Weaver.
Singing (to) the ʻĀina
This chapter looks at Joseph Poepoe’s moʻolelo of Hiʻiakaikapoliopele through a selection from its hundreds of mele about the ʻāina. The bulk of the moʻolelo concerns Hiʻiaka’s epic journey across almost the entire archipelago from its easternmost point on Hawaiʻi to Kauaʻi in the west, and back again. At each place she stops, she and/or others sing or chant mele to or about the ʻāina, and ʻāina characters sing or chant back to her. The purpose of this chapter is to examine selections of these mele for their artistry and what they tell us about the ʻāina and the worldviews...