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DR. JAMAICA HEOLIMELEIKALANI OSORIO on Reclaiming Aloha / 297, July 27, 2022

July 27, 2022

How might traditional Hawaiian lifeways and teachings usher in a reclaimed understanding of aloha and a world beyond capitalism? In this episode, Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio centers Pilinia, precolonial Hawaiian intimacy and relations, as technology for increasing capacity for relationships and pleasure, care and reciprocity, love for each other and the Earth, and the actualization of the Hawaiian concept of aloha ʻāina. Dr. Osorio opens this episode by charting iterations of Pilina throughout the history of sovereign Hawai’i, describing nets of intimacy within Pilina multiple partners, expansive ‘ohana family networks, and how queer lovemaking is reflected in the land as inherent in creation. From that grounding, Dr. Osorio guides us into a fuller understanding of aloha by returning the commodified phrase to the more extensive knowledge of aloha ‘āina, wherein the possibilities for abundance and other worlds are not only born but remembered and recalled from the long history of sovereign Hawai’i and traditional Hawaiian teachings and lifeways. Dr. Osorio reminds us that for Native Hawaiians and Indigenous peoples, the future beyond capitalism, settler colonialism, heterosexuality, and other forms of domination resides in the living knowledges from ancestral pasts. There are other ways of being for Hawai’i and the planet.  


Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kānaka Maoli wahine artist, activist, and scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Heoli earned her Ph.D. in English Hawaiian literature in 2018 from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Currently, Heoli is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Heoli is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor, and published author. She is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, Ford fellow, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford University (BA), and New York University (MA). Her book Remembering our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea was published this fall with the University of Minnesota Press.


Music by Pura Fé, Rising Appalachia, and Justin Crawmer, 


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