Dr Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu

Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu

Research Fellow

Iwi: Kānaka Maoli

About Nālani

Dr. Nālani Wilson-Hokowhitu joined Te Kotahi Research Institute in August of 2016 as a Research Fellow. Nālani previously conducted a Post Doctorate at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada and completed her doctorate at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She has worked in the sector of Indigenous Studies for the past twenty years since 1996 upon which time she petitioned for an independent major at the University of Wisconsin, Madison focusing on Indigenous Cultures in Contemporary Society. Nālani went on to conduct a Master of Arts degree in Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, which brought her to Aotearoa in 2003. After completing her Masters thesis, Nā Wāhine Piko o Moloka’i: Pacific Womens’ Connections to Place, Nālani returned to Aotearoa to complete her doctorate, Nā Mo’okū’auhau Holowa’a: Native Hawaiian Women’s Stories of the Voyaging Canoe Hōkūle’a. As a global citizen and a diasporic woman of Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) ancestry, Nālani’s work is simultaneously devoted to raising global awareness about critical, innovative and transformative Indigenous futurities and the growing voices of Kānaka ‘Ōiwi working in academia to aloha ‘āina and mālama Honua, to protect and care for our islands and Earth.

Recent Publications

  • Wilson-Hokowhitu, K. L. N., & Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, N. (2017). Colonization, Education and Kanaka ʻŌiwi Survivance. In L. T. Smith,, & E. McKinley (Eds.), Handbook of Indigenous Education (pp. 14 pages). Singapore: Springer.

  • Wilson-Hokowhitu, K. L. N. (2012). He pukoa kani 'āina: Kanaka Maoli approaches to mo'okū'auhau as methodology. AlterNative: an international journal of indigenous scholarship, 8(2), 137-147.

  • Wilson-Hokowhitu, K. L. N. (2008). A waka ama journey: Reflections on outrigger canoe paddling as a medium for epistemological adventuring. Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 21, 19-23.

  • Wilson-Hokowhitu, K. (2008). Nā wāhine Kanaka Maoli holowaʻa: Native Hawaiian women voyagers. International Journal of Maritime History, 20, 307-324. doi:10.1177/084387140802000215

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