Lessons from Mauna Kea: Indigenous Knowledges Overthrowing Law and Order in the Fake State of Hawaiʻi
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 5:00pm to Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli activist, poet, musician, and educator born and raised on music, mo‘olelo and ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i in Pālolo Valley to parents Mary and Jonathan Osorio. In 2018 she earned her PhD in English (UHM) with the completion of her dissertation: “(Re) membering ‘Upena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Mo‘olelo Beyond Queer Theory.” Before joining the Indigenous Politics program she was a Ford Dissertation Fellow and served as a faculty specialist for Native Hawaiian Student Services (UHM). Jamaica is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford (BA), and New York University (MA). She is currently an Assistant Professor for Indigenous & Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a key kia’i (protector) of Mauna Kea. Jamaica’s research and work to this point has been primarily focused on Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo (Native Hawaiian stories), Indigenous queer feminisms, Native Hawaiian politics, Hawaiian language and translation studies. She is particularly interested in the way Kanaka Maoli moʻolelo teaches contemporary Kanaka essential lessons on pilina, relationally and ethical forms of governance and nation/ family building.

As our ʻŌiwi (Indigenous) communities continue to rise against the oppressive forces of our settler states, protectors and protesters 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 moʻolelo (literature and history) as Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) offer an important map to returning to practicing ʻōiwi 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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Location: SMSU Ballroom 338