<i> Na Kānaka Maoli</i>

Cynthia Kanoelani Kenui

in Diversity in Human Interactions

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195143904
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848171 | DOI:
 Na Kānaka Maoli

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The definition of “Native Hawaiian” is considered a politically correct, racial definition used by America to describe the indigenous people of Hawai'i. This definition was originally created to define and describe the “aboriginal people” of Hawai'i. Currently, from a sociopolitical perspective, this term is now used to classify, divide, and separate the indigenous people of Hawai'i. For the purposes of this chapter, the term “Kānaka Maoli” and “Native Hawaiian” will be used interchangeably to describe the indigenous people of Hawai'i. This chapter attempts to increase awareness and understanding of Na Kānaka Maoli (the indigenous people of Hawai'i). First, there is a brief historical overview of Hawai'i and the impact of sociopolitical changes from past to present. Second, an exploration of the diversity of Na Kānaka Maoli cultural identity and worldview within a dominant Euro-American society is discussed. Third, this chapter presents a description of the basic cultural values, beliefs, and traditions of Kānaka Maoli. Finally, it proposes recommendations for others to develop cultural sensitivity and appropriateness when working with Kānaka Maoli.

Keywords: Na Kānaka Maoli; indigenous people; Hawaii; diversity; cultural identity; cultural values; beliefs; traditions

Chapter.  7139 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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