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Hokulani K. Aikau

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816674619

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816674619.001.0001

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Called to Serve: Labor Missionary Work and Modernity

Called to Serve: Labor Missionary Work and Modernity

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(p.91) 3 Called to Serve: Labor Missionary Work and Modernity
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A Chosen People, a Promised Land
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Hokulani K. Aikau

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816674619.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the Labor Missionary Program, which provided the labor for the construction of the Church College of Hawaiʻi in 1956 and the Polynesian Cultural Center in 1963. These institutions are sites of transcultural syncretism that come into tension with prior, fundamental tensions between the customs and practices of Kanaka Latter-day Saints and the modernization embraced by church leaders. The various articulations of modernity circulating during this time are examined by reading and comparing the narratives of Polynesian labor missionaries, American supervisors, and church leaders.

Keywords:   Labor Missionary Program, Mormons, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, modernization, Polynesian labor missionaries, American supervisors, church leaders

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