Publisher: Duke University Press
Released: October 19, 2018
In Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui examines contradictions of indigeneity and self-determination in US domestic policy and international law. She theorizes paradoxes in the laws themselves and in nationalist assertions of Hawaiian Kingdom restoration and demands for U.S. deoccupation, which echo colonialist models of governance. Kauanui argues that Hawaiian elites' approaches to reforming and regulating land, gender, and sexuality in the early nineteenth century, which paved the way for sovereign recognition of the kingdom complicate contemporary nationalist activism today, and too often includes disavowing the indigeneity of the Kanaka Maoli (Indigenous Hawaiian) people.
Problematizing the ways the positing of the Hawaiian Kingdom's continued existence has been accompanied by a denial of US settler colonialism, Kauanui considers possibilities for a decolonial approach to Hawaiian sovereignty that would address the privatization and capitalist development of land and the ongoing legacy of the imposition of heteropatriarchal modes of social relations.