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Waikïkï: A History of Forgetting and Remembering (review)

Waikïkï: A History of Forgetting and Remembering (review) book and media reviews performativity of cultural encounters--how groups and individuals render themselves and how they are comprehended by others in contexts replete with colonial legacies--that constitutes his larger contribution to Pacific scholarship. for leisure and pleasure seekers and instead reveal it as a site fraught with tension. Waikïkï focuses on nine locations in the Waikïkï area--Lë`ahi (Diamond Head), the Ala Wai, Kälia, Kawehewehe, Helumoa, Uluniu, Kaluaokau, and Käneloa and Kapua. Each location constitutes a chapter that weaves together "the many stories that thread through Waikïkï's past and present" (8), thus enabling a more complex and nuanced reading of the place and the people whose lives have been woven into the fabric of Waikïkï's distant and more recent history. The authors' choice of each location is strategic in that all are associated with the three natural springs that once provided fluid sustenance to the land and its inhabitants--springs that are deeply connected to the meaning of Waikïkï's name: "Place of Spouting Waters." In a unique and creative way, Feeser and Chan use the springs--`Apuakëhau, Pi`inaio, and Ku`ekaunahi--as a salient metaphor for both the land's and the people's suffering and resilience in the wake of colonial imposition. The authors http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Waikïkï: A History of Forgetting and Remembering (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 21 (1) – Feb 11, 2008

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book and media reviews performativity of cultural encounters--how groups and individuals render themselves and how they are comprehended by others in contexts replete with colonial legacies--that constitutes his larger contribution to Pacific scholarship. for leisure and pleasure seekers and instead reveal it as a site fraught with tension. Waikïkï focuses on nine locations in the Waikïkï area--Lë`ahi (Diamond Head), the Ala Wai, Kälia, Kawehewehe, Helumoa, Uluniu, Kaluaokau, and Käneloa and Kapua. Each location constitutes a chapter that weaves together "the many stories that thread through Waikïkï's past and present" (8), thus enabling a more complex and nuanced reading of the place and the people whose lives have been woven into the fabric of Waikïkï's distant and more recent history. The authors' choice of each location is strategic in that all are associated with the three natural springs that once provided fluid sustenance to the land and its inhabitants--springs that are deeply connected to the meaning of Waikïkï's name: "Place of Spouting Waters." In a unique and creative way, Feeser and Chan use the springs--`Apuakëhau, Pi`inaio, and Ku`ekaunahi--as a salient metaphor for both the land's and the people's suffering and resilience in the wake of colonial imposition. The authors

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Published: Feb 11, 2008

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