116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Oceanic Literatures and Cultures

Session Chair: 
Stanley Orr, University of Hawai'i, West O'ahu
Session 7: Sunday 8:15 am – 9:45 am
Miller Hall 154


  1. Matthew Ito, "University of Hawaii, Manoa"
    This paper compares the way fishing reinforces and threatens identity and belonging in Dennis Kawaharada’s “A Search for Kuʻula Kai” and John Dominis Holt’s “Rainbows Under Water.” Additionally, I explore fishing practices as a site to build alliances and work toward pono between Hawaiians, settlers, and ʻāina.
  2. Kristiana Kahakauwila, Western Washington University
    In a lyric essay that draws upon that draws upon Albert Wendt’s “Tatauing the Postcolonial Body,” Brandy Nalani McDougall’s Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature, and the lectures of tattooist Keone Nunes, I argue that the object of the tattoo is not what marks us as Oceanic but, rather, it is the process of undergoing kakau that brings us through colonial hurt and into a deeper knowledge of community and self.
  3. Sarah Goodson, "University of Hawaii, Manoa"
    Engaging the poetics, essays, and addresses of 21st century Pacific women writers, I examine their work to reclaim their communities from the duality of colonized native spaces. At the core of this project is the importance of Pacific women’s voices and the disarticulation of their stories from the histories prescribed them by outsiders rendering native space as un-Nativized. 
  4. Joanna Gordon, Western Washington University
    This paper is interested in linkages between settlers of Hawai’i and kanaka maoli (Hawaiian). It traces how kaona is being enacted within prolific pieces of Hawaiian literature such the spoken word poem “Kaona” by Ittai Wong and Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio.
Session Cancelled: