Dr. Emalani Mailekaluhea Kanekapolei Case will present her dissertation, I Kahiki Ke Ola: In Kahiki There is Life, Ancestral Memories and Migrations in the New Pacific, in the inaugural ʻĀkea Akamai lecture scheduled for 12:30-3 p.m., Nov. 3, in E132.
Case, along with Pua Case, her Indigenous Master Practitioner, will discuss the dissertation that examines the ways Hawaiian culture has been affected by time and migration and the role Kahiki can play in our modern life. Case, an Assistant Professor of Hawaiian-Pacific Studies, received her Ph.D in Pacific Studies from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.
The ʻĀkea Akamai lecture series is being inaugurated to honor UH West Oʻahu indigenous faculty and West Oʻahu scholars along with their Indigenous Master Practitioners. The lecture series is an opportunity to bring students directly to a knowledge source who amplifies their work in their own words. Through this, students can gain their own interpretations and broaden their perspectives.
Case’s presentation will be followed by another ʻĀkea Akamai lecture that is being scheduled for Spring 2018. Dr. Karen Keolani Alejado will present her dissertation, Exploring the Reflective Practices of Secondary, In-Service Teachers of Students from Diverse Backgrounds, that was presented at the USC Rossier School of Education.
The thesis shedding light on the conflict between Hawaiian reflexivity and the rigidness of standardized education received a dissertation award of merit given to four doctoral students. Indigenous Master Practitioner Alan Parker also will attend the presentation.
The dissertations and the work of those who inspired them will be available in a repository being set up at the UH West Oʻahu Library.