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Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua is a Kanaka Maoli, born and raised in Hawaiʻi. She is an award-winning university teacher and her commitment to Indigenous education spans more than two decades. For the past 15 years, Noelani has worked as a Professor of Hawaiian and Indigenous Politics at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. She is currently serving as interim Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Excellence. A lifetime commitment to aloha ʻāina fuels her academic and activist work. Noelani’s research has involved documenting, analyzing and proliferating the ways people are transforming imperial and settler colonial relations through Indigenous political values and initiatives. Her books include The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School, A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty, and Nā Wāhine Koa: Hawaiian Women for Sovereignty and Demilitarization. A co-editor of the Value of Hawaiʻi series, Noe and her collaborators offer The Value of Hawaiʻi, 3: Hulihia, The Turning (UH Press, 2020) as a freely downloadable book that was born in the middle of the global COVID-19 pandemic.  She is currently working on a biography of the late Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask, with co-author Dr. Kahunawai Wright.

Part of AIIS 6010, Fridays 12:25 – 2:20 pm / hosted by Professor Jolene Rickard (Ska:rù:rę'/Tuscarora) / Lectures open to the public

*This lecture will also be documented and posted to our website.

Please allow up to two weeks after each lecture for videos to be published.

Cornell University is located on Gayog̱hó:nǫ́ (Cayuga Nation) land within Hodinǫhsǫ:i? territories.

Date & Time

November 19, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Prof. Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua, (Kanaka Maoli) - University of Hawai'i Mānoa


American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program

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