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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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Ka Wai Ola: The Life-Sustaining Water of Kanaka Knowledge

Ka Wai Ola: The Life-Sustaining Water of Kanaka Knowledge

(p.72) Ka Wai Ola: The Life-Sustaining Water of Kanaka Knowledge
Kanaka 'Oiwi Methodologies

Katrina-Ann R. Kapā‘anaokalāokeola Nākoa Oliveira

University of Hawai'i Press

In this chapter, the author explains how Kanaka scholars, by writing ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and by writing in English using frameworks aligned with customary traditions, are creating new arenas where Kanaka ways of knowing are both appreciated and respected. She likens her scholarship to two ʻauwai, or irrigation ditches, that return water to an enriched stream of Kanaka knowledge. The author challenges us to consider the complexities of using ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi-based methodologies in Kanaka ʻŌiwi research and reflects on her use of collaborative approaches to adequately balance the ʻike emerging from ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi with expressing that ʻike in a non-Hawaiian context. She discusses an approach that she calls the “community of scholars methodology” and offers practical advice regarding the use of ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, especially for researchers interested in publishing their work.

Keywords:   ma ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, ʻauwai, Kanaka scholars, Kanaka, Kanaka knowledge, ʻōlelo, Kanaka ʻŌiwi research, ʻike, methodology

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