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Kanaka 'Oiwi MethodologiesMoolelo and Metaphor$
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Katrina-Ann R. Kapa'anaokalaokeola Nakoa Oliveira and Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824855857

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824855857.001.0001

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Ua Noho Au A Kupa I Ke Alo

Ua Noho Au A Kupa I Ke Alo

(p.30) Ua Noho Au A Kupa I Ke Alo
Kanaka 'Oiwi Methodologies

R. Keawe Lopes

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, the author explains how the song “Ua Noho Au A Kupa I Ke Alo” ended up providing the infrastructure for his approach to conducting research with Indigenous peoples. “Ua Noho Au A Kupa I Ke Alo,” composed by King David Kalākaua, who ruled the kingdom of Hawaiʻi from 1874 to 1891, describes attitudes that are deemed essential to the methodology by which research in general should be conducted. The author considers terms from King Kalākaua's mele that embody important mannerisms necessary to investing in lasting relationships with what he calls “mentors”: kūpuna (elders), community participants, practitioners, and teachers when conducting research. These terms include “kupa,” “kamaʻāina,” “alo,” and “leo.”

Keywords:   research, mentors, kūpuna, King David Kalākaua, mele, kupa, kamaʻāina, alo, leo, Indigenous peoples

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