No Mākou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation (hardcover)


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By Kamanamaikalani Beamer

Winner of the 2015 Samuel M. Kamakau Award for Hawai‘i Book of the Year

Winner of the 2015 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Award of Excellence in Hawaiian Language, Culture, and History

No Mākou ka Mana: Liberating the Nation asserts that the founders of the Hawaiian Kingdom exercised their own agency and were not just acted upon by foreign powers. The ruling ali‘i selectively appropriated tools and ideas from the West—including laws, religion, educational models, protocols, weapons, printing and map-making technologies, seafaring vessels, clothing, names, and international alliances. The result? A hybrid system based on an enduring tradition of Hawaiian governance and intended to preserve, strengthen, and maintain the lāhui. Using rare primary documents and “‘Ōiwi optics,” Beamer offers a new point of reference for understanding the motivations, methods, and accomplishments of Hawai‘i’s great leaders.

About the Author
Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer is an associate professor at the Center for Hawaiian Studies in the Hui ‘Āina Momona program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, with a joint appointment in the Richardson School of Law and the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Previous to this role, Dr. Beamer was president and chief executive officer of the Kohala Center. Beamer’s research on governance, land tenure, and Hawaiian resource management, as well as his prior work as the director of ‘Āina-Based Education at Kamehameha Schools, prepared him for his continuing service as a director of Stanford University’s First Nations Futures Institute, a resource management development program for Indigenous leaders developed by Stanford, Kamehameha Schools, and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu in New Zealand. Beamer has revitalized and maintained lo‘i kalo (taro ponds), providing him and his children opportunities to mālama ‘āina, deepen connections with cultural traditions, and derive leadership lessons from the land. In 2013 he was nominated and confirmed to a four-year appointment on Hawai‘i’s Commission of Water Resource Management and was reconfirmed in 2017 for an additional four-year term.

Hardcover. 2014. 6.5 x 9.25". 280 pp.
eBook available for IOS and Kindle.