about the thesis

As a part-Native Hawaiian who has spent her whole life on the mainland, I am writing my thesis on Native Hawaiian Cultural Heritage information in Southern California, my home and the home of many Hawaiians who have come to the mainland over the years.  I have experienced first hand the transference of our culture and heritage across the Pacific Ocean and have seen it being kept alive by those who left home.  As a member of Kaulana Ka Hale Kula ‘O Na Pua ‘O Ka ‘Aina, I am trying to learn more about where I came from and where we are going.  As a graduate student at UCLA, I am trying to create more awareness to Native Hawaiian issues and dispell the stereotypes, commodification, and exotic mystery surrounding Hawaiians.  As a soon-to-be librarian, I hope to help the Native Hawaiian community to work within the globalizing world.


2 thoughts on “about the thesis

  1. Aloha Lessa,

    I came across your website in a search on J. Kehaulani Kauanui. Your work is fascinating, and I commend you on this great site! Wow! I want to do something similar now. I am from Kaneohe, Oahu and am also a fellow graduate student at NYU. I am also in search of making connections to the community I’m in now, by looking for a halau and finding ways to organize the Hawaiians who live here. Your website gave me some really great ideas on how to get started with that. I hope we can keep in touch because I think your site (and future work as a librarian) will be such an asset to our community, particularly when scholars like ourselves are searching for the literature and struggle to find it. Mahalo nui loa, and malama pono.


  2. Hi Leesa,
    I was browsing Anapesi’s blog, (From A Tongan Daughter), and she happened to have a link to your blog. The name of your blog caught my attention immediately because I’m also a librarian. I’m Samoan, and as a community we also struggle with stereotypes as well as a variety of other issues. I’m glad I found your blog, I’ll be sure to check by often. By the way, my MLIS is from the University of Pittsburgh. Good luck with your thesis and welcome to librarianship. There is definitely a need for more Pacific Islanders in this field!

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