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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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He Lei Aloha ‘Āina

He Lei Aloha ‘Āina

(p.42) He Lei Aloha ‘Āina
Kanaka 'Oiwi Methodologies

Mehana Blaich Vaughan

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, the author reflects on her efforts at ʻāina-based research in the field of environmental studies. She first talks about lei which, throughout Hawaiʻi, symbolize certain places and offer a way to see and know a landscape. The author then recounts the lessons of her tūtū, Amelia Ana Kaʻōpua Bailey, in gathering and fashioning lei. She also discusses three unifying strands or sources of ʻike that bind everything together: ʻāina as source; ʻāina as people; and ʻāina as ongoing connection and care. For each of these three strands, the author offers lessons to guide the gathering process of research.

Keywords:   lei, ʻāina, research, environmental studies, ʻike, people, place

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