Eia Hawaiʻi Lecture Series Presentation - Event Details

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Eia Hawaiʻi Lecture Series Presentation

Location: UCB 127

Eia Hawaiʻi Lecture Series Presentation with Halena Kapuni-Reynolds: Ka Wahine Lei ʻUla: Ruth Keʻelikōlani

Ruth Keanolani Kanāhoahoa Keʻelikōlani was one of the most powerful Kanaka Maoli women to live in the 19th century. Within contemporary memory, she is remembered as a historical role model of Hawaiian resilience and as the aliʻi who intervened on behalf of the people of Hilo in 1881 when the fire god Pele nearly threatened to cover Hilo Town in lava. Within these forms of remembering Keʻelikōlani, her material and genealogical status is emphasized. But what of her status as a Hawaiian woman of chiefly authority?

This presentation focuses on two moʻolelo (stories) surrounding Ruth Keanolani Kanāhoahoa Keʻelikōlani's life. The first deals with the story of her birth and her life with Kaʻahumanu in the late 1820s. The second moʻolelo (re)tells the story of Keʻelikōlani's visit to Hilo in 1881.

Through Keʻelikōlani's moʻolelo, Halena will show how the rematriation of Hawaiian history and memory, i.e. the return to indigenous language archives in order to (re)interpret our past and our moʻolelo in ways that foreground the experiences of women, can provide fuller and more textured descriptions of Hawaiian history.

For more information, contact: loorache@hawaii.edu (808) 932-7399

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