Displacing Natives: The Rhetorical Production of Hawai'i

Displacing Natives: The Rhetorical Production of Hawai'i

by Houston Wood


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This insightful study examines the strategies used by outsiders to usurp Hawaiian lands and undermine indigenous Hawaiian culture. Drawing upon historical and contemporary examples, Houston Wood investigates the journals of Captain Cook, Hollywood films, commercialized hula, Waikiki development schemes, and the appropriation of Pele and Kilauea by haoles to explore how these diverse productions all displace Native culture. Yet, the author emphasizes the voices that have never been completely silenced and can be heard asserting themselves today through songs, chants, literature, the internet, and the Native nationalist sovereignty movement. This impassioned argument about the linkages between textual and physical displacements of Native Hawaiians will engage all readers interested in Pacific literature and postcolonial studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780847691418
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 05/27/1999
Series: Pacific Formations: Global Relations in Asian and Pacific Perspectives Series
Edition description: KDenn
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.74(d)

About the Author

Houston Wood spent many years as a macadamia nut farmer on the island of Hawaii. He is the coauthor of The Reality of Ethnomethodology and now teaches English at Hawaii Pacific University.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Orientation: Recovering Hawaiian Winds Part 2 From Conquest to Anti-Conquest Chapter 3 The Violent Rhetoric of Names Chapter 4 Captain James Cook, Rhetorician Chapter 5 The Kama'aina Anti-Conquest Chapter 6 Disorientation: Unwritable Knowledge Part 7 Displacing Three Hawaiian Places Chapter 8 Displacing Pele: Hawai'i's Volcanoes in a Contact Zone Chapter 9 Echo Tourism: The Narrative of Nostalgia in Waikiki Chapter 10 Safe Savagery: Hollywood's Hawai'i Chapter 11 Reorientation: New Histories, New Hopes Part 12 Polyrhetoric as Critical Traditionalismism Chapter 13 Kaho'olawe in Polyrhetoric and Monorhetoric Chapter 14 Hawai'i in Cyberspace Chapter 15 Coda Chapter 16 Filmography

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