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Jeffrey Carroll, Brandy Nalani McDougall, and Georganne Nordstrom

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838959

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838959.001.0001

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He Huaka‘i ma Hā‘ena

He Huaka‘i ma Hā‘ena

Treasured Places and the Rhetorical Art of Identity

(p.219) Chapter Eighteen He Huaka‘i ma Hā‘ena

Gregory Clark

Chelle Pahinui

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter illustrates the rhetorical power of hula as “an archive of ideology, connections, memories, and experiences” that can heal and reaffirm community. It considers how Hawaiian identity has always been a moving target, changing as the people who find themselves rooted in these places have changed. It shows how Native Hawaiians, realizing that political rhetoric is not enough to perpetuate and protect their Hawaiian identity, have revived traditional arts that had embodied that identity for generations: music, hula, and crafts like kapa making and voyaging. The chapter also describes the aesthetic sort of lōkahi (unity) experienced at Hā‘ena and reflects on what it has to teach about the rhetoric and aesthetics of identity and place.

Keywords:   rhetoric, hula, community, Hawaiian identity, Native Hawaiians, lōkahi, Hāena, aesthetics, identity, place

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