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A Chosen People, a Promised LandMormonism and Race in Hawai'i$
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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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Voyages of Faith: Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Struggles for Sustainable Self-Determination

Voyages of Faith: Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Struggles for Sustainable Self-Determination

Chapter:
(p.157) 5 Voyages of Faith: Contemporary Kanaka Maoli Struggles for Sustainable Self-Determination
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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/9780816674619.003.0006

This chapter returns to the intersection of religious faith and cultural perpetuation by looking at the construction of a waʻa kaulua (double-hulled canoe) called the Iosepa. The waʻa kaulua ʻo Iosepa is just one component of a vision put forth at Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi by the Jonathan Nāpela Center for Hawaiian Language and Cultural Studies (home of the Hawaiian Studies program) to re-establish the familial relationship between Kanaka and the ʻāina. Unlike the cultural restoration and regeneration projects perpetuated and performed at the Polynesian Cultural Center, those initiated by Uncle Bill Wallace and carried forward at Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi form the basis upon which sustainable self-determination can be achieved. The chapter peels back the layers of meaning, stories, and hopes embedded in the name Iosepa in order to reveal how the historical and spiritual relationships of Mormonism and Native Hawaiian self-determination have been imagined and how in turn they might be knotted and secured together.

Keywords:   Mormons, waʻa kaulua ʻo Iosepa, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, religious faith, cultural preservation, self-determination

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