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  • Owed
  • Monica A. Ka‘imipono Kaiwi (bio)

Go away to get your degree . . .We are not ready for you here (uh Mānoa, 1996)

I went . . .

A Hawaiian on the moku Of a “younger sibling” To write in exile

Dusty lit halls on Symonds Street Red brick, stuffy airs, empirical snobbery

But you…

A familiar spirit in a book-laden office Brown lavalava, English tea, indigenous affinity:

You are in the right placeMāori concerns are not yours

Focus on home

Expand your native voiceProve them wrong

Discard self-doubt

Tell our storyUse their rhetoricChange their presumptions

And so . . . [End Page 271]

I grew roots beyond Hawai‘i Deep into Oceania Feeding me as I returned home To create warriors Armed with mo‘olelo

Monica A. Ka‘imipono Kaiwi

Monica A. Ka‘imipono Kaiwi is head of the English Department at the Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, where she teaches Hawaiian, Pacific, and world literatures. She earned her master’s degree in English from the University of Auckland (1998–2001) where, under the supervision of Albert Wendt, she focused on contemporary Hawaiian literature.



island, district


story, history [End Page 272]



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