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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Entering Moloka‘i Hawaiian Style

Entering Moloka‘i Hawaiian Style

(p.190) Entering Moloka‘i Hawaiian Style
At Home and in the Field

Mary Tuti Baker

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter introduces the struggles between subsistence and cash economies on Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i. It highlights how the Kānaka ‘Ōiwi spiritual values of aloha (love as reciprocity), kuleana (responsibility to community), and mālama ‘āina (stewardship of the land) are threatened by the globalization of Moloka‘i by corporate development projects. Kanaka ‘Ōiwi on Moloka‘i stress the importance of traditional Hawaiian knowledge and practices in their social and economic life. Even though they may not always agree on strategies for political action, these shared values contribute to their ability to resist detrimental economic forces that threaten the balance between subsistence and cash economies on their island.

Keywords:   aloha, kuleana, mālama ‘āina, Kānaka ‘Ōiwi, Moloka‘i, Hawai‘i, corporate development, political action, subsistence economy, cash economy

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