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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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Introduction: Negotiating Faithfulness

Introduction: Negotiating Faithfulness

(p.1) Introduction: Negotiating Faithfulness
A Chosen People, a Promised Land

Hokulani K. Aikau

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter presents the author’s account of her journey while researching the present volume along with an overview of its main themes. The book explores how Mormon theology came to be fused with Polynesian lineage. The author asks how Polynesians, in general, and her family, in particular, could remain faithful to Mormonism given the racially discriminatory practices she experienced and witnessed. She traces history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church) in Lāʻie, Hawaiʻi from the 1850s when the first Mormon missionaries arrived at Hawaiʻi’s shores to 2001 when the Jonathan Nāpela Center for Hawaiian Language and Cultural Studies at Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi launched the waʻa kaulua ʻo Iosepa, a double-hulled open ocean voyaging canoe.

Keywords:   Polynesians, Mormons, Mormonism, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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