Kanaka ʻŌiwi Methodologies: Moʻolelo and Metaphor


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Hawaiʻinuiākea, School of Hawaiian Knowledge
Katrina Kapaanaokalaokeola Nakoa Oliveira, & Erin Kahunawaikaala Wright
Softcover, 184 pp.

For many indigenous scholars, embarking on their research journey can be a bewildering, marginalizing experience. From the sciences to applied engagement scholarship, often the approaches to research and inquiry ignore ancestral knowledge, as well as alternative worldviews and creative avenues for discovery and learning. Kanaka `Ōiwi Methodologies: Mo`olelo and Metaphor addresses this dilemma by exploring various approaches to inquiry through the lenses of Native Hawaiian scholar perspectives and practices.
Kanaka `Ōiwi Methodologies is a collection of methodologies-focused essays written by Kanaka `Ōiwi scholars across academic disciplines. Collectively, the essays in the volume aim to generate dialogue around Kanaka `Ōiwi research methodologies and to consider the diverse ways in which Kanaka `Ōiwi scholars engage in the research process. The authors illustrate how they have used these methodologies to guide and inform their research for deeper understanding, language and cultural revitalization, and positive social change. Their texts examine Native Hawaiian Critical Race Theory, Hawaiian traditions and protocol in environmental research, using mele for program evaluation and research design, and other timely and significant concepts.

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