Kanaka '?iwi Critical Race Theory: Historical and Cultural Ecological Understanding of Kanaka '?iwi Education
Keywords:Kanaka 'Ōiwi, KanakaCrit, 'ŌiwiCrit, Hawaiian, education, Indigenous, Critical Race Theory, Decolonization
The effects of colonization on Kanaka '?iwi, the Indigenous people of Hawai'i, have led to the systematic distancing of Kanaka '?iwi from their cultural ways of knowing, replacing it, instead with eurocentric standards of education that adversely impact Kanaka '?iwi wellbeing. In this article, I provide an overview of the history of colonization of Kanaka '?iwi through a critical race lens. Critical Race Theory and TribalCrit are reviewed in relation to their theoretical relevance to Kanaka '?iwi epistemologies. A synthesis model of an adapted CRT and TribalCrit framework called, Kanaka'?iwiCrit is presented and discussed within the context of education as a space for resistance.
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