Colonial Impact on Kanaka Maoli Diaspora and Dispersal

Author(s): Kirsten Vacca

Year: 2018


Hawaiians were historically a mobile population. Their Polynesian ancestors crossed the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean to settle the Hawaiian archipelago, and the Kanaka Maoli descendants that worked and lived on the land continued this diasporic tradition. By the 17th century, Kanaka Maoli lived in or utilized the many varied ecosystems available to them. Within the moku political districts, the Kanaka Maoli remained highly mobile—moving between the highlands and the lowlands for resources. The influx of European foreigners and onset of colonialism, however, forcibly altered the way that Hawaiians moved around and interacted with their landscape. In this paper, I will examine the varied ways Kanaka Maoli organized space, interacting with built and natural landscapes previous to the onslaught of colonialism. I then discuss the change in spatial organization and landscape interaction as well as Kanaka Maoli tactics of subversion following the influx of the colonial hegemonic ontology. 

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Colonial Impact on Kanaka Maoli Diaspora and Dispersal. Kirsten Vacca. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441136)

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