Everyday Acts of Resurgence

People, Places, Practices

Lawa Ku‘u Lei

by January 9, 2018


Lawa Ku‘u Lei

by Kihei de Silva
Author's note: What follows are my opening words at the 35th annual Holomua ka Noʻeau, a 2015 concert of Hawaiian music and hula performed by my wife's hālau hula, Hālau Mōhala ʻIlima. The hula we do, on this day and every day, is not the brand of coconut-bra-ed, sarong-clad wiggles still so often associated with "Hawaiʻi" and "Aloha". It is the grounded, fierce, stately hula of our grandmothers, and of their grandmother's grandmothers. The everyday-ness of resurgence requires us ʻōiwi to persist - to continue to do, say, grow, and dance that which our lāhui always has. Its desire for a surge of support and resistance asks that we also, on occasion, reach out and explain why we do what we do.

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Table of contents

Ndithak | I Hear You by Lianne Charlie
Introduction by Jeff Corntassel, Taiaiake Alfred, Noelani Goodyear–Ka‘ōpua, Noenoe K. Silva, Hokulani Aikau, and Devi Mucina
Lawa Ku’u Lei by Kīhei de Silva


Resurgence as Relationality by Gina Starblanket
Renewal by Jeff Corntassel
Relentlessly Coastal: Parenting, Research, and Everyday Resurgence by Mick Scow
Decolonizing Indigenous Fatherhood by Devi Mucina
Embers of Micro-aggression by Dibikgeezhigokwe
From a Place of Love by Erynne M. Gilpin


Changes in the Land, Changes in Us by Taiaiake Alfred
Recovering Place Names from Hawaiian Literatures by Noenoe K. Silva
Mālama ʻĀina Koholālele by No’eau Peralto
Represencing Indigenous Peoples in the Landscape by Lisa Strelein
Fearless Regeneration by Senka Eriksen
Dan k’I by Shelby Blackjack


Dreaming is an Everyday Act of Resurgence by Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘ōpua
Bring the ‘Umeke of Poi to the Table by Hokulani Aikau
The SX̱OLE (Reef Net Fishery) as an Everyday Act of Resurgence by Nick XEMŦ0LTW̱ Claxton
Evading the Neo-colonial State Without Running to the Hills by Brad Coombes
Intimate Acts of Resurgence by Natalie Clark
Ua pā i ka leo by Maya L. Kawailanaokeawaiki Saffery
The Piko Æffect by Megumi Chibana
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