Upcoming book: Detours: A Decolonial Guide to Hawai‘i
The Detours project explores the fantasy of Hawai’i as an exotic destination for consumption by tourists, perverting the genre of the guidebook to produce alternative narratives, tours, mappings and images of the islands, and concrete examples of moving from metaphors of decolonization to material practices and everyday acts of resistance.
Vernadette Vicuna Gonzalez is Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Author of Securing Paradise: Tourism and Militarism in Hawaii’i and the Philippines, she also is co-editor with Hokulani Aikau, of Detours: A Decolonial Guide (under contract with Duke University Press).
Hokulani K. Aikau is Kanaka ʻŌiwi Hawaiʻi and an associate professor of Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Politics. Through funding from the Sea Grant College at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, her current research is a collaborative project with Kākoʻo ʻŌiwi, a Native Hawaiian nonprofit organization, working to restore loʻi kalo (wetland taro farming) in the ahpuaʻa of Heʻeia, in the moku of Koʻolaupoko, on the island of Oʻahu.
Hawaii is so much more than hula and beaches. Native Hawaiians are challenging that perception and "reclaiming aloha" by showing tourists Hawaii from their perspective. https://t.co/hEvwUFYB0D
— OperationGroundswell (@OGbackpackers) February 16, 2019
Book Detours!! A travel guide with aloha but also tells potential tourists you may not be welcome! Decolonialise! pic.twitter.com/Oe8JPuRB4Y
— FreyaHiggnsDesbioles (@freyahd) January 11, 2020