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Donna Ann Kameha`iku Camvel

Graduate Trainee

Kameha`iku Camvel comes from the `ili of `Ioleka`a in the He`e`ia Ahupua`a located in the moku of Ko`olaupoko, O`ahu island. She and her family, the Līhu`e, Kahanu, Pāoa, Kea, Lono `Ohana, maintain a kuleana that has been in their family for over one hundred and seventy four years. As a mother, wife, tūtū , practitioner of oli, composer of mele, wahine mahi`ai, and student, `Ioleka`a has played a foundational role in her life. Her master’s thesis, “Land and Genealogy of `Ioleka`a: Mapping An Indigenous Identity,” served as take-off point for her current doctoral research; a dissertation that will examine and analyze the term Mo`o as a function of `ōiwi land management, particularly associated with wai. Using Papakū Makawalu as both a theoretical and methodological authority with which to interpret mo`ōlelo, pule, oli, and mele, the connection of mo`o to wai  becomes intriguingly complex and integrated with `āina. Her research is backdrops the mokus of Ko`olaupoko and Ko`olauloa, but is specific to Ha`iku, `Ioleka`a and Pa`auiki, all `ilis of He`e`ia.

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