Native Hawaiian #OwnVoices


Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month is coming up this November and I am very excited to feature posts and reviews of books by Indigenous authors. Part of my efforts during this month is to highlight Native Hawaiian authors and stories. For most of my time in the literature world, I have seen many books and movies about Hawaii and Hawaiian culture mostly written by White authors or about World War II and Pearl Harbor. Native Hawaiian culture and experiences often get drowned out by the Pearl Harbor and vacation narratives. This is an #onwvoices effort to subvert the dominate narrative and lift voices of marginalized peoples.

Native Hawaiian #OwnVoices Posts

Native Hawaiian #OwnVoices Introduction

Book Review: House of Many Gods by Kiana Davenport

Guest Post: “Native Hawaiian #OwnVoices:” The Non-fiction Edition

Spotlight: #ProtectMaunaKea

Guest Post: Why Indigenous Authors of Hawai’i Matter

Book Review: This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila

A Q&A with Kristiana Kahakauwila, author of This is Paradise: Stories

Guest Post ~ Book Review: Between the Deep Blue Sea and Me by Lurline McGregor

Native Hawaiian #OwnVoices Wrap Up


2 thoughts on “Native Hawaiian #OwnVoices

  1. Question: Are you looking for completely indigenous authors? Since Hawai’i was annexed in 1893, I’m not certain who would apply. Can you be a bit more specific? For example, 2nd/3rd generation Hawai’ians? Or, “includes people with traditionally Hawai’ian names” or, …something….


    Posted by Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku | October 19, 2016, 12:35 PM
    • Great question! I am looking for any authors who identify as indigenous and trying to avoid authors who are from Hawaiian (ex, I was born there or currently live there) but have no ancestral ties to Native Hawaiians. Some authors I have found include Kiana Davenport, Lurline Wailana McGregor, and Matthew Kaopio. It has been a huge challenge for me so far. Most books about Hawaii are written by White authors or by authors who live/were born in Hawaii but not Hawaiian.

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      Posted by Brendon | October 20, 2016, 8:28 AM

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