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No Makou ka Mana (softcover)
"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 aliʻi 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,” Kamanamaikalani Beamer offers a new point of reference for understanding the motivations, methods, and accomplishments of Hawai‘i’s great leaders.
About the Author
Kamanamaikalani Beamer, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Hui ‘Āina Momona program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He serves in the Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and in the William S. Richardson School of Law as part of the Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law.