Dr. Ku‘ualoha Ho‘omanawanui is a Kanaka Maoli nationalist, scholar, aloha ‘āina advocate, poet, and visual artist born in Kailua, Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu and raised in Kaipuha‘a (Wailua Homesteads), Puna, Kaua‘i. She is an associate professor in English at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where she specializes in Hawaiian and Oceanic literatures, place-based writing, and indigenous literacy. She is a former Ford Foundation pre-doctoral and doctoral fellow, and a Mellon Hawai‘i post-doctoral fellow. Her artwork, poetry, and short fiction in Hawaiian and English have been internationally published and translated. She is also a founding and chief editor of ‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal, featuring Native Hawaiian writers and artists. Her first book, Voices of Fire: Reweaving the Literary Lei of Pele and Hi‘iaka, was published by the University of Minnesota Press in 2014.
Free registration and refreshments will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015. They keynote address will begin at 9:00 a.m. in Spalding 155.