Study Native Hawaiian Politics through Enriching Community Engagement…

About the Instructor

Tina Grandinetti earned her MA in Indigenous Politics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and will be finishing her PhD at RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban, and Social Studies this spring. Her research explores the intersections of urban development, inequality and settler colonialism in Hawaiʻi. Specifically, her dissertation interrogates the production of housing insecurity and includes ethnographic research in Kakaʻako and Waiʻanae. Grandinetti also works as a freelance writer, covering social and political issues in the Pacific. Her work has been published in Flux magazine, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Settler Colonial Studies, and The Journal of Human Geography, and in the anthologies The Value of Hawaiʻi 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, and Detours: A Decolonial Guidebook to Hawaiʻi. She is a biracial Uchinaanchu woman who was born and raised in Hawaiʻi.

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Summer 2 (online, 3-week intensive – 7/6-7/24/20)

This course provides a critical study of contemporary Native Hawaiian political issues, as informed by histories of the Hawaiian Kingdom, 20th and 21st century movements. It emphasizes active community engagement, including numerous field trips and service-learning opportunities. As a course that takes students off-campus and introduces them to a variety of community groups, this summer course offers an enriching experience for local and visiting students alike.

The course coincides with a month-long series of community events commemorating one of the first national holidays of the Hawaiian Kingdom, ka Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, founded in 1843. Students will learn about Hawaiian history and contemporary issues through engagement with Hawaiian community educators, farmers, musicians, filmmakers, activists, scholars, entrepreneurs and families. The series of free, public events includes hands-on work days, as well as arts events like poetry readings, film screenings, and concerts.

Fulfills the general education requiremenst: DS

Updated 4/16/2020