115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Oceanic Literatures and Cultures III

Session Chair: 
Paul Lyons, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Session 9: Sunday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 107


  1. Micheline Soong, Hawai'i Pacific University
    I examine how Houston Wood, in his 1999 Displacing Natives, anticipates the development of Native Hawaiian scholars occupying the “third rhetorical position” within his analysis--a space that challenges and defies the false dichotomy of the either/or fallacy of colonizer/colonized power relations, by analyzing current examples of “Kānaka Maoli ‘Olelo.” 
  2. Matthew Ito, "University of Hawaii, Manoa"
    This paper analyzes indigenous understandings of kuleana in the plays of Alani Apio and John Dominis Holt’s Waimea Summer, and how settler colonialism complicates kuleana in both works. The paper then suggests how settlers can work alongside indigenous communities to restore and perpetuate kuleana while discovering their own. 
  3. Jordan Wesley Luz, University of Hawaii, Manoa
    This paper examines the concept of ‘love’ as a political and cultural force through a Pasifika lens by interrogating Sia Figiel’s Freelove and Witi Ihimaera’s The Uncle’s Story, in which both texts produce a nuanced definition of love as opposed to westernized constructs of love. This paper then suggests how the terms of Pasifika love must be given parameters outside of the western construction, primarily through these texts.
  4. Koreen Nakahodo, Chaminade University of Honolulu
    In her article on distance learning in Micronesia, Kavita Rao's findings indicated that her students were interested in learning strategies that could be applied immediately to their classrooms. This presentation discusses the historical and educational contexts that have affected the development of creative texts in Chuuk and presents a strategy for both the generation of creative texts as well as possible classroom applications.
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