Lessons from Mauna Kea: Indigenous Knowledges Overthrowing Law and Order in the Fake State of Hawai?i
Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli activist, poet, musician, and educator. Her research and work to this point has been primarily focused on Kanaka Maoli Mo'olelo (Native Hawaiian stories), Indigenous queer feminisms, Native Hawaiian politics, Hawaiian language, and translation studies. She is particularly interested in the way Kanaka Maoli mo'olelo teaches contemporary Kanaka essential lessons on pilina (relationships), relationally and ethical forms of governance and nation/family building.
As our Oiwi (Indigenous) communities continue to rise against the oppressive forces of our settler states, protectors and protestors are often attacked as being lawless criminals obstructing natural “progress.” And while our communities are continuing to demonstrate the significance of civil disobedience in our commitment to restorative justice and decolonization, our mo'olelo (literature and history) as Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) offer an important map to returning to practicing oiwi visions of “law & order” that are radically unintelligible to our occupying settler states and therefore have the potential to absolutely transform the world.
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