Building on two decades of interviews with more than sixty Hawaiian elders, leaders, and fishermen and women, Kaiāulu by Mehana Blaich Vaughan shares their stories of enduring community efforts to perpetuate kuleana (‘rights and responsibilities’). An important contribution to scholarship, Kaiāulu is also a deeply personal tribute to a community based not on ownership, but reciprocity, responsibility, and caring for the places that shape and sustain us all.
Kaiāulu is the first book authored by IASC-member Mehana Blaich Vaughan. Mehana grew up where the moku (districts) of Halele‘a and Ko‘olau meet on the island of Kaua‘i. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Sea Grant College Program, and Hui ‘Āina Momona.
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