About

When:  October 18-20, 2012
Where:  University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

The ʻAha Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi is a Hawaiian literature, history and writing symposium. 2012 is the first gathering of scholars and practitioners of Hawaiian literary arts and history in conversation with indigenous Pacific and North American writers and scholars. As Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi becomes established as a multi-disciplinary, multidimensional field of study, we hope to lay the foundation for an annual conference, where scholars, practitioners, and supporters of moʻolelo Hawaiʻi can come together on a regular basis to discuss and learn about different perspectives and issues in the discipline.

Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi spans oral traditions and written literature, in both ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian language) and English. It is also written primarily by Kanaka Maoli (ethnic Hawaiians) with a centering of traditional manaʻo (thoughts) and culturally-centered themes and values. It is meant to include all genres of literature and literary practice, such as moʻolelo (literature, history, story, narrative), mele (song, chant, poetry), kākāʻōlelo (oratory) and haʻi moʻolelo (storytelling).

The theme of this inaugural symposium is “E hoʻopaepae ana i Kauhale Moʻolelo—Building the Foundation of Hawaiian Literature and History.” The kauhale metaphor suggests multiple hale or structures metaphorically representing different genres, perspectives, practices schools of thought, definitions, etc.) implicit in the study and practice of Moʻolelo Hawaiʻi, and is meant to evoke respect for diversity.

Sponsored by:
Native Arts and Culture Foundation
Kuleana ʻOiwi Press
Alu Like, Inc.
Pacific Writers Connection
Native Books
Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge (UH Mānoa)
Gladys Brandt Chair in Polynesian Studies (UH Mānoa)
Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies (UH Mānoa)
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa English Department (UH Mānoa)
College of Language, Literature, and Linguistics (UH Mānoa)
SEED (Office of Student Excellence, Equity and Diversity) (UH Mānoa)
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA) (UH Mānoa)
Ka Waihona A Ke Aloha: Ka Papahana Ho’oheno Mele (UH Mānoa)
The Mele Institute of Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language (UH Mānoa)
Kamehameha Publishing

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