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Adult Fiction

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Tīhema Baker

Māori

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Tīhema (Raukawa te Au ki te Tonga, Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai, and Ngāti Toa Rangatira) is a writer and policy advisor from Ōtaki. He has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, for which he wrote his novel Turncoat. In 2013, he won the Best Short Story written in te reo Māori at the Pikihuia Awards of Māori Writers.

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Michael Bennett

Māori

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Michael Bennett (Ngati Pikiao, Ngati Whakaue) is an award-winning New Zealand screenwriter and author. In 2019 his graphic novel Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas, a collaboration with acclaimed artist Ant Sang, received an international White Raven Award. His lastest novel, Better the Blood, was a Ockham NZ Book Awards 2023 Finalist.

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Melissa Llanes Brownlee

Hawaiian

(she/her)

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Melissa Llanes Brownlee has had flash fiction in SmokeLong Quarterly, Superstition Review, NFFR, JMWW, Milk Candy Review, trampset, Best Small Fictions 2021, and Best Microfiction 2022, among others. She is the author of two fiction collections, Hard Skin (Juventud Press) and Kahi and Lua (Alien Buddha Press).

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Lee Cataluna

Hawaiian

(she/her)

Maui-born Lee Cataluna is the award-winning author of many plays and musicals. She has been telling Hawaii stories for 25 years and has worked in local radio, television and newspapers.

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Gina Cole

Fijian/Kai Valagi

(she/her)

Gina Cole is a freelance writer and lives in Tāmaki Makaurau. Her work has been widely anthologized and published in literary journals. Her collection Black Ice Matter won the Hubert Church Prize for Best First Book Fiction at the 2017 Ockham Book Awards. Her second book Na Viro is a science fiction fantasy novel and a work of Pasifikafuturism.

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Azalea Crowley

Hawaiian

(she/her)

Azalea Crowley is a hybrid romance author of cozy horror and comedies. She has self-published her fantasy romance series Odd Blood. 

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Cassie Hart

Māori

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Cassie Hart (Kāi Tahu) is a writer of speculative fiction. Her short stories have appeared in several award-winning anthologies. She has self-published over ten novels and novellas under her writing names of Nova Blake and JC Hart. Her SFF novel Butcherbird was published by Huia in 2021.

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Whiti Hereaka

Māori

(she/her)

Whiti Hereaka is a Māori award-winning author and playwright based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her novel Kurangaituku received the top prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in 2022.

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Emma Hislop

Māori

(she/her)

Emma Hislop (Kāi Tahu) is the author of the short story collection Ruin, published by Te Herenga Waka University Press in 2023.

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Kahaula

Hawaiian

(she/her)

Kahaula is the pen name of a Hawaiian author of polyamory romance, paranormal, sci-fi, apocalyptic, alt-history, and others.

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Jade Kake

Māori

(she/her)

Jade is an architectural designer based in Whangārei. She writes fiction and non-fiction, and received the Copyright Licensing New Zealand and New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi o Aotearoa Writers’ Award in 2021. Her last novel, Checkerboard Hill, was published in 2023.

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    Megan Kamalei Kakimoto

    Kanaka Maoli

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    Megan Kamalei Kakimoto is a Japanese and Native Hawaiian writer from Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Her fiction has been featured in Granta, Conjunctions, Joyland, and elsewhere. She has been a finalist for the Keene Prize for Literature and has received support from the Rona Jaffe Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is represented by Iwalani Kim.

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    Shay Kauwe

    Hawaiian

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    Shay Kauwe (Zykova) is a Native Hawaiian urban fantasy author. She is represented by Jon Cobb at HG Literary. Her forthcoming book In Language There is Death releases from Saga Press in spring 2025.

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    Keala Kendall

    Kanaka Maoli

    (she/her)

    Keala Kendall is a Kanaka Maoli writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Her debut novel, How Far I'll Go, a twist on Disney's Moana for the Twisted Tales series, will come out in 2025. She is represented by Jennifer March Soloway.

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    John W. Kuri

    Papua New Guinean

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    John lives in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Educated in the Simbu province and the Eastern Highlands, he studied Science at the University of Papua New Guinea. A First Nations award winner, he’s the author of Porugl - The Atrocity of Kerwanba (2023).

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      Colleen Maria Lenihan

      Māori

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      Colleen Maria Lenihan (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi) is a fiction writer, screenwriter and photographer. Her debut book, Kōhine, is a collection of short stories.

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      Becky Manawatu

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Becky Manawatu (Ngāi Tahu, Ngāti Mamoe, Waitaha) is a writer and reporter. Her acclaimed debut Auē won the Ockham’s Jann Medlicott Acorn prize for fiction, and the Ngaio Marsh award for best crime novel.

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      Rae Mariz

      Hawaiian

      (she/her)

      Rae Mariz is a Portuguese-Hawaiian speculative fiction storyteller and cultural critic. She’s the author of Weird Fishes, The Unidentified and co-founder of Toxoplasma Press.

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      Paula Morris

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Paula Morris is a Māori award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist and editor. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies, and teaches at the University of Auckland.

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      Airana Ngarewa

      Māori

      (he/him)

      Airana Ngarewa is a novelist born and raised in Pātea, Aotearoa New Zealand. He won the short story and poetry competitions at the Ronald Hugh Morrieson Literary Awards in 2022. The Bone Tree is his debut novel. 

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      Kōtuku Titihuia Nuttall

      Māori

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      Kotuku Titihuia Nuttall (Te Atiawa, Ngati Tuwharetoa, WSÁNEC) holds an MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She won the 2020 Adam Foundation Prize and was runner-up in the 2021 Surrey Hotel-Newsroom writer's residency award.

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      Lehua Parker

      Hawaiian

      (she/her)

      Lehua Parker writes speculative fiction for kids and adults, often set in her native Hawai‘i. Her award-winning and best-selling series include the Niuhi Shark Saga trilogy, Lauele Fractured Folktales, and Chicken Skin Stories.

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      Titaua Peu

      Tahitian

      (she/her)

      Titaua is a Tahitian writer born in New Caledonia. Her first novel Mutismes was published in 2003 by Haere Pō. Her award-winning novel Pina, first published in 2016, was translated into English in 2022.

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      J.P. Pomare

      Māori

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      J.P is the author of the best-selling novels Call Me Evie, Tell Me Lies, and The Last Guests. His novel In the Clearing has been adapted into a Disney + drama series (2023). He lives in Melbourne with his family.

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      Pua Ramona

      Sāmoan

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      Pua Ramona is a Samoan author. She self-published Pieces of Me, available now on Amazon.

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      Rebecca K. Reilly

      Māori

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      Rebecca (Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Wai) is the author of Greta and Valdin (2021), winner of the 2021 Hubert Church Prize for Best First Book at the 2022 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, published in the UK & US in 2024. Rebecca is represented by Martha Perotto-Wills at The Bent Agency.

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      Mariah Rigg

      Samoan

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      Mariah is a Samoan-Haole who was born and raised on the island of Oʻahu. In 2023, Mariah's chapbook, All Hat, No Cattle, was published as part of the Inch series (Bull City Press). She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and is a PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee. She’s represented by Amy Bishop-Wycisk at Trellis Literary Management. Her short story collection, Extinction Capital of the World, will be published by Ecco (2025).

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      Maria Samuela

      Cook Islander

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      Maria Samuela is a writer for children and adults. Her story 'Bluey' was shortlisted for the 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. Her latest book is Beats of the Pa’u.

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      Monty Soutar

      Māori

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      Monty Soutar is a Māori historian, writer, and educator with a deep passion for inspiring rangatahi, particularly young rural Māori.

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      Coco Solid

      Māori/Sāmoan

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      Jessica Hansell (Ngāpuhi/Samoa) is a writer, multimedia artist and musician from Auckland, long known by her rap nickname Coco Solid. How to Loiter in a Turf War is her debut novel.

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      Chantal Spitz

      Mā'ohi

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      Chantal Spitz is a Mā'ohi award-winning author and activist. Her lyrical and impactful novel L'île des rêves écrasés was translated into English in 2007.

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      Sascha Stronach

      Kiritea Māori

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      Sascha Stronach is a Māori author from the Kai Tahu iwi and Kati Huirapa Runaka Ki Puketeraki hapu. She is based in Wellington, New Zealand, and has also spent time in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore, which have all inspired parts of the fictional worlds she creates. A former tech writer, she first broke out into speculative fiction by experimenting with the short form. The Dawnhounds, her debut novel, won the Sir Julius Vogel Award at Worldcon 78.

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      Célestine Vaite

      Mā'ohi

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      Célestine Vaite is a Tahitian award-winning novelist, published in seventeen countries and translated in eight languages. She's the author of the best-selling Materena Mahi series, and has recently contributed to the opera Ihitai 'Avei'a – Star Navigator composed by Tim Finn.

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      Makana Yamamoto

      Kanaka Maoli

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      Makana Yamamoto was born on the island of Maui. Splitting their time between the Mainland and Hawaiʻi, Makana grew up on beaches and in snowbanks. They're the author of the forthcoming adult sci-fi Hammajang Luck (Gollancz, Jan 2025). They're represented by Keir Alekseii.

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      Children's Fiction

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      Sela Ahosivi-Atiola

      Tongan

      (she/her)

      Sela Ahosivi-Atiola is a Tongan-Australian educator and writer from Blacktown. Her poem 'O Daughter of Oceania' won the 2021 Mayoral Creative Writing Prize. 

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      Gabrielle Ahuli'i

      Hawaiian

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      Gabrielle Ahuli'i is a librarian and the author of a series of Hawaiian legend adaptations for children ages 0 - 4, and a graphic novel adaptation of Hiʻiaka and Panaʻewa with Capstone Press (2023).

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      Kitty Brown

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Kitty Brown is a writer from Ōtepoti Dunedin in Aotearoa New Zealand. With her cousin Kirsten Parkinson, she co-created Reo Pēpi, a children's illustrated book series.

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      Lee Cataluna

      Hawaiian

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      Maui-born Lee Cataluna is the award-winning author of many plays and musicals. She has been telling Hawaii stories for 25 years and has worked in local radio, television and newspapers.

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      Litea Fuata

      Samoan

      (she/her)

      Born in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, Litea comes from a very big Samoan aiga (family) with lots of nieces and nephews and plenty of siblings and cousins. She lives in Brisbane and works in health care.

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      Kumu Hina

      Kanaka Maoli

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      Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu (Kumu Hina) is a Native Hawaiian teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader. She was previously a founding member of Kulia Na Mamo, a community organization established to improve the quality of life for māhū wahine (transgender women), and Cultural Director at a public charter school dedicated to using native Hawaiian culture, history, and education as tools for developing and empowering the next generation of warrior scholars.

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      Kalikolehua Hurley

      Hawaiian

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      Kalikolehua Hurley is a Native Hawaiian writer and entertainment executive from Honolulu.

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      Kamalani Hurley

      Hawaiian

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      Kamalani Hurley is a Native Hawaiian writer from Honolulu. She is a linguistics professor, book reviewer, and picture book author. She is represented by James McGowan.

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      Miriama Kamo

      Māori

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      Miriama Kamo (Ngai Tahu/Ngati Mutunga) is an award winning broadcaster, writer, speaker, and environmental advocate. She was finalist for the New Zealand Post Book Awards (2019) with her book Stolen Stars of Matariki.

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      Mark Kanemura

      Samoan

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      Mark Kanemura was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he first discovered his love for dance and theater. He now lives in Los Angeles, California where he works as a dancer, teacher, and entertainer. He has appeared as a contestant and choreographer on FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and has danced and toured the world with artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Katy Perry, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, and Lady Gaga.

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      Lauren Keenan

      Māori

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      Lauren Keenan (Te Āti Awa ki Taranaki) is a writer of creative non-fiction, novels, short stories and popular psychology. Lauren was finalist for the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

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      Keala Kendall

      Kanaka Maoli

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      Keala Kendall is a Kanaka Maoli writer of science fiction, fantasy and horror. Her debut novel, How Far I'll Go, a twist on Disney's Moana, will come out in 2025. She is represented by Jennifer March Soloway.

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      Leilani Lamb

      Kanaka Maoli

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      Leilani Lamb writes young adult fiction across genres about myths, monsters, and monstrous ambition. Her work centers and celebrates her lived experience as a Native Hawaiian and Asian American cat lady. She is a 2023 Lambda Literary Fellow for Emerging LGBTQ+ Voices, a 2022 Writers’ League of Texas Fellow, and she works as a mental health advocate based in Austin. She is represented by Hannah Andrade.

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      Kalena Makanui

      Hawaiian

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      Kalena Makanui is a Kānaka Maoli writer from Hawaiʻi Island. She loves storytelling in all forms, especially theater and anything with a hint of magic. She is represented by Katie Gisondi and Laura Dail.

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      Dahlia Malaeulu

      Sāmoan

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      Dahlia Malaeulu is an award-winning author and publisher of Mila’s Books. A Samoan New Zealander with connections to the Samoan villages of Vaivase tai and Sinamoga, Dahlia is a passionate educator at heart driven by the power of Pasifika stories and enabling tamaiti to succeed as themselves. Dahlia also regularly presents at educational conferences, visits schools across Aotearoa, was the recipient of the Creative New Zealand Pasifika Emerging Pacific Artist Award (2022), the NZ Emerging Publisher Award (2023) and serves on the Te Pou Muramura Read New Zealand board.

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      Te’ura Camelia Marakai

      Tahitian

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      Te'ura Camélia is a writer and teacher of Tahitian and French. Pele, la déesse du feu is a bilingual middle grade novel. She is also the author of Tahitien Express (2018).

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      Selina Tusitala Marsh

      Samoan/Tuvalua

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      Poet and scholar Selina Tusitala Marsh is of Samoan, Tavaluan, English, Scottish, and French descent. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and was the first Pacific Islander to earn a PhD in English from the University of Auckland. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Fast Talking PI (2009), and of the children's illustrated series Mophead.

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      Jean Tekura Mason

      Cook Islander

      (she/her)

      Jean Tekura Mason is director of the Cook Islands Library & Museum Society and has served as an officer of the Cook Islands Parliament. She is a cultural writer and a poet.

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      Steph Matuku

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Steph Matuku (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Te Atiawa) is a freelance writer from Taranaki. She enjoys writing stories for young people, and her work has appeared on the page, stage and screen. Whetū Toa and the Magician was a finalist at the 2019 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

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      Malia Maunakea

      Hawaiian

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      Malia Maunakea is a Hawaiian writer who grew up in the rainforest on the Big Island before moving to a valley on O’ahu in seventh grade. She relocated to the continent for college, and when she isn’t writing can be found roaming the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband, their two children, and a rescue mutt named Peggy. She writes non-fiction and fiction.

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      Hirini Moko Mead

      Māori

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      Tā Hirini Moko Mead (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tūhourangi) is a Māori writer and commentator. Author of over 70 books, papers and articles. He was Foundation Professor of Māori Studies at Victoria University. 

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      Paula Morris

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Paula Morris is a Māori award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist and editor. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies, and teaches at the University of Auckland.

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      Kealani Netane

      Samoan/Hawaiian

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      Kealani Netane is a Native Hawaiian and Samoan author who was raised on the leeward side of Oʻahu in Hawaiʻi where she currently resides. She writes picture books and is the author of Tala Learns to Siva illustrated by Dung Ho (Scholastic, summer 2024). She is represented by Ellen Pauley Goff.

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      Lehua Parker

      Hawaiian

      (she/her)

      Lehua Parker writes speculative fiction for kids and adults, often set in her native Hawai‘i. Her award-winning and best-selling series include the Niuhi Shark Saga trilogy, Lauele Fractured Folktales, and Chicken Skin Stories.

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      Catherine Payne

      CHamoru/Hawaiian

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      Catherine Payne has been a storyteller all her life. After earning master's degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University, she worked as a journalist in Michigan and Virginia. Several years later, she returned to her native Guam, where she works as an English instructor and tutor. Linktree

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      John Payne II

      CHamoru/Hawaiian

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      When John Payne discovered superhero comic books, they sparked in him a lifelong and expansive love of reading. This passion led to an interest in speech and language, which John formally pursued at San Jose State University and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He now works with kids as a speech clinician in Guam, and enjoys exercising, baking healthy desserts, and watching movies based on books.

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      Turia Pitt

      Tahitian

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      Turia is a Tahitian author and one of Australia's most inspirational women. The daughter of author Célestine Vaite, she grew up in Australia. She's the best-selling author of several books.

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      Tumata Robinson

      Tahitian

      (she/her)

      Tumata is a Māo'hi dancer and choreographer. She is the founder of the Tahiti Ora dance troupe, and co-founder of the 'Ori Tahiti Nui, 'Les Grands Ballets de Tahiti' dance competition.

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      Terisa Siagatonu

      Sāmoan

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      Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, mental health educator, and community leader born and rooted in the Bay Area. Terisa is represented by Wendi Gu.

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      Linda Tuhiwai Smith

      Māori

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      Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou, Māori) is a scholar of education and critic of persistent colonialism in academic teaching and research. She is best known for her groundbreaking 1999 book, Decolonizing Methodologies.

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      Pauline Vaeluaga Smith

      Māori

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      Pauline Vaeluaga Smith is an author and educationalist of Samoan, Tuvaluan, Scottish and Irish descent. Her first book Dawn Raid: My New Zealand Story received Best New Author at the 2018 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

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      Mahani Teave

      Rapa Nui

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      Rapa Nui award-winning pianist and humanitarian Mahani Teave is a pioneering artist who bridges the creative world with education and environmental activism. She is one of the founders of Toki Rapa Nui, a nonprofit dedicated to the island's ecological and cultural preservation.

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      Ilima Todd

      Hawaiian

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      Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaii, and now lives in the Southwest with her husband and four children. She has a degree in physics and was an avid reader before turning to writing full time. Her picture book Our Sacred Mountain, illustrated by Shar Tui'asoa is scheduled for winter 2024 (HarperCollins). She is represented by Lane Heymont.

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      Shar Tui'asoa

      Tongan

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      Shar Tuiasoa is a Polynesian artist from the island of O’ahu, in the town of Kailua, Hawai’i, where she was born and raised. When she is not in the ocean, enjoying the vibrant culture of her home, Shar spends her time imagining and creating for her illustration business, Punky Aloha Studio.

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      Célestine Vaite

      Mā'ohi

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      Célestine Vaite is a Tahitian award-winning novelist, published in seventeen countries and translated in eight languages. She's the author of the best-selling Materena Mahi series, and has recently contributed to the opera Ihitai 'Avei'a – Star Navigator composed by Tim Finn.

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      H.S. Valley

      Māori

      (she/her)

      H.S. Valley lives near the Waitākere Ranges in Aotearoa New Zealand. She won the Ampersand Prize for her debut YA novel, Tim Te Maro and the Subterranean Heartsick Blues (2021), which is Red, White & Royal Blue meets The Magicians.

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      Nikki Van De Car

      Kanaka Maoli

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      Nikki is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books on crafting and magic, including the bestselling Practical Magic and, most recently, Shadow Magic. She is also the author of the forthcoming YA novel The Skin of the Ocean, a coming-of-age novel set on the Big Island of Hawai'i, about indigenous identity, community, and the magic that lies beneath.

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      Heimanu Wallart

      Tahitian

      (she/her)

      Heimanu is one of the editors at Editions des Mers Australes, a publisher based in Tahiti. She is the author of books for children.

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      Lani Wendt Young

      Sāmoan/Māori

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      Lani Wendt Young is a Samoan and Māori writer, editor, publisher and journalist. She is the author of 15 books, including the best-selling Young Adult fantasy series Telesa.

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      Hope Zane

      Hawaiian

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      Hope Zane writes queer fiction, particularly fantasy that straddles the line between love and horror.

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      Comic Books

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      Sloane Leong

      Hawaiian

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      Sloane Leong is a mixed indigenous cartoonist, artist, and writer. Through her work, she engages with visceral futurities and fantasies through a radical, kaleidoscopic lens. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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      Michel Mulipola

      Sāmoan

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      Michel Mulipola is a Samoan comic book artist and writer from Auckland, NZ. He has illustrated work for BOOM! Studios' line of WWE comics, various anthologies, and is currently working on the U.S. comic book, Headlocked: The Last Territory, and is a Story Artist for Walt Disney Animation studios on an upcoming project.

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      Carl Shinyama

      Kanaka Maoli

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      Carl is a comic book editor from Maui with multiple independent comics to his name, including an upcoming graphic novel picked up by the United Nations.

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      C. M. Kaliko Baker

      Kanaka Maoli

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      C. M. Kaliko Baker has been a Kumu 'Ōlelo Hawai'i in Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai'i since 1996 and is a current Assistant Professor. His research and scholarly efforts primarily focuses on Hawaiian, particularly discourse grammar, traditional Hawaiian narratives, and the revitalization of Hawaiian. He co-authors Hawaiian-medium plays with Tammy Haili'ōpua Baker and also serves as dramaturge. Currently, he is the president of a nonprofit organization, Halele'a Arts Foundation, which strives to promote Hawaiian-medium theatrical and other media projects. 

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      Tammy Haili'opua Baker

      Kanaka Maoli

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      Originally from Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i, playwright/director Tammy Haili‘ōpua Baker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, where she is the director of the MFA programs in Playwriting and Hawaiian Theatre.

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      Sisilia Eteuati

      Samoan

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      Writer and lawyer Sisilia Eteuati is the co-editor of Vā - Stories by Women of the Moana, a collection of 38 short fictional stories by Pacific women authors. Sisilia is the co-founder of Tatou Publishing and has served as lawyer in Samoa, Australia and Aotearoa and had writing published across the Pacific.

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      Alison Green

      Māori

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      Alison Green (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Ranginui) is a mother, a grandmother, and a professor in the School of Indigenous Graduate Studies, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi. She is the editor of Honouring Our Ancestors (2023).

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      Whiti Hereaka

      Māori

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      Whiti Hereaka is a Māori award-winning author and playwright based in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her novel Kurangaituku received the top prize at the Ockham New Zealand Book Awards in 2022.

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      Rebecca H. Hogue

      Hawaiian

      (she/they)

      Rebecca H. Hogue writes and teaches about empire, militarization, and the environment in the Pacific Islands and Oceania. She earned her PhD in English with a Designated Emphasis in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis, where she was a Mellon/ACLS fellow. She is currently working on a book manuscript, "Nuclear Archipelagos," on women's anti-nuclear arts and literatures of the Pacific, and is the co-editor, along with Craig Santos Perez, of a forthcoming anthology on Environmental Relations in the Pacific Islands (under contract with University of Washington Press).

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      Leora Kava

      Tongan

      (she/her)

      Leora Kava is a hafekasi poet of mixed Tongan and pālangi descent. She is an assistant professor of critical Pacific Islands and Oceania studies at San Francisco State University. 

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      Paula Morris

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Paula Morris is a Māori award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist and editor. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and residencies, and teaches at the University of Auckland.

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      Leonie Pihama

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Leonie Pihama is a Māori educator and researcher. She has published widely and served on the Māori Health Committee for the HRC and a number of boards.

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      Linda Tuhiwai Smith

      Māori

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      Linda Tuhiwai Smith (Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou, Māori) is a scholar of education and critic of persistent colonialism in academic teaching and research. She is best known for her groundbreaking 1999 book, Decolonizing Methodologies.

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      Nicola "Nicky" Andrews

      Māori

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      Nicola Andrews (Ngāti Paoa, Pākehā) is a poet and writer. Their poetry micro-chap Sentimental Value will be published as part of the 2023 Ghost City Press Summer Series, and their debut chapbook Māori Maid Difficult is forthcoming with Tram Editions.

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      Serie Barford

      Samoan

      (she/her)

      Serie Barford is a poet and short fiction writer of European and Polynesian descent, with a background in performance poetry. Her poetry collection Sleeping with Stones was longlisted in the Ockham NZ Book Awards 2022.

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      Audrey Brown-Pereira

      Cook Island/Samoan

      (she/her)

      Audrey Brown-Pereira is a poet of Cook Island, Māori, and Samoan descent. Her work has appeared in journals such as Mauri Ola and Trout. Brown-Pereira’s collections of poetry include Threads of Tivaevae: Kaleidoscope of Kolours (2002), a collaborative work with Veronica Vaevae and Catherine George; passages in between i(s)lands (2014); and a - wake - (e)nd with Sauo'fi Press (2023).

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      Hinerangi Jessica

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Jessica is a Māori poet, journalist and illustrator. Her work has appeared in Landfall, Starling, The Big Idea and The Pantograph Punch. Āria is her first book of poetry. 

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      Simone Kaho

      Tongan

      (she/her)

      Simone Kaho is a Tongan and Pākehā poet, creative non-fiction writer, and director. Her first poetry collection Lucky Punch was published in 2016.

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      Leora Kava

      Tongan

      (she/her)

      Leora Kava is a hafekasi poet of mixed Tongan and pālangi descent. She is an assistant professor of critical Pacific Islands and Oceania studies at San Francisco State University. 

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      Arihia Latham

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Arihia is a writer and rongoā practicioner in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. Her writing has been featured in Huia short story collections, RNZ, and Landfall, among others.

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      Selina Tusitala Marsh

      Samoan/Tuvalua

      (she/her)

      Poet and scholar Selina Tusitala Marsh is of Samoan, Tavaluan, English, Scottish, and French descent. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and was the first Pacific Islander to earn a PhD in English from the University of Auckland. She is the author of two collections of poetry, Fast Talking PI (2009), and of the children's illustrated series Mophead.

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      Brandy Nalani McDougall

      Kanaka Maoli

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      Born and raised on Maui, McDougall is the author of the poetry collection, The Salt-Wind, Ka Makani Paʻakai (2008). Her second poetry collection, ʻĀina Hānau, Birth Land (2023) is inspired by her daughters.

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      eesa may ranapiri

      Māori

      (them/they)

      essa may ranapiri (Ngaati Raukawa, Highgate, Na Guinnich) is the author of the poetry collection Echidna. Their first book, ransack, was published in 2019.

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      Terisa Siagatonu

      Sāmoan

      (she/they)

      Terisa Siagatonu is an award-winning poet, teaching artist, mental health educator, and community leader born and rooted in the Bay Area.

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      Ruby Solly

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Ruby Solly is a Kai Tahu writer, musician, and music therapist. She has been published in journals such as Sport, Landfall, and Oscen, and is the author of Tōku Pāpā (2021) and The Artist (2023).

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      Alice Te Punga Somerville

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Alice is a Māori scholar and poet. Her monograph Once Were Pacific: Maori Connections to Oceania won Best First Book 2012 from the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association. Her poetry collection Always Italicise is the 2023 Winner Ockham Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry.

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      Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna'i

      Sāmoan

      (she/her)

      Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i is an Edmund Hillary Fellow. A daughter of Samoa, she is the creator of a wayfinding thinking system, Flying Geese Pro, based on her experience of voyaging with Polynesian navigators.

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      Tayi Tibble

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Tayi Tibble is a poet from Aotearoa New Zealand. Her first collection of poetry, Poūkahangatus (2018), received the Jessie Mackay Prize for Poetry at the 2019 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards.

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      Memoir

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      Emma Espiner

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Dr. Emma Espiner (Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Porou) is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and political commentator. She works at Middlemore Hospital as a surgical registrar. The memoir There’s a Cure for This is her first book.

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      Witi Ihimaera

      Māori

      (he/him)

      Witi Ihimaera is novelist, short story writer, and anthologist born in Gisborne. He is the first Māori writer to have published a book of short stories and a novel. His masterpiece, The Whale Rider, has become an internationally successful feature film.

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      Lauren Keenan

      Māori

      (she/her)

      Lauren Keenan (Te Āti Awa ki Taranaki) is a writer of creative non-fiction, novels, short stories and popular psychology. Lauren was finalist for the 2022 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

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      Jessica Machado

      Hawaiian

      (she/her)

      Born and raised on ‘Oahu, Jessica is an editor at NBC News on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team. Her memoir, Local, is her first book.

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      Silva McLeod

      Tongan

      (she/her)

      Silva Mcleod, the first Tongan woman to become an airline pilot. Her memoir tells her journey from poor island girl to pilot and wife.

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      Alenato Pa'agalua

      Wallisian and Futunian

      (he/him)

      Born in 1947 in Wallis, Alenato Pa'agalua, grew up in Wallis then in Futuna before settling in New Caledonia. He participated in maintaining customs in the Wallisian and Futunian community rooted in New Caledonia. His autobiography is entitled Alenato Pa’agalua Wallisien, Futunien, Néo-Caledonien et Falani (français): Autobiographie d’un Océanien de Nouvelle-Calédonie (Edilivre, 2022).

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      Turia Pitt

      Tahitian

      (she/her)

      Turia is a Tahitian author and one of Australia's most inspirational women. The daughter of author Célestine Vaite, she grew up in Australia. She's the best-selling author of several books.

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      Ruby Tui

      Sāmoan

      (she/her)

      Ruby Tui is a professional rugby player. She won an Olympic silver medal in 2016 and a Rugby World Cup Sevens title in 2018.

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      Vitale Lafaele

      Samoan

      (he/him)

      Vitale Lafaele served in the New Zealand Army for seven years and the Police for 30. He rose through the ranks to command the Northern Region Armed Offenders and Special Tactics Group where he led successful tactical squads in some of the most nationally significant events in New Zealand's history. A Canoe Before the Wind is his memoir.

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      Stan Walker

      Māori

      (he/him)

      Stan Walker is an Australian-born Māori singer, actor, and television personality. In 2009, Walker was the winner of the seventh season of Australian Idol. Over the past decade Walker has become one of Aotearoa's most respected figures, and continues to devote much of his life to his family, his people, and to maoritanga.

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      Nonfiction and Essays

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      Maile Arvin

      Hawaiian

      (she/her)

      Maile is a Native Hawaiian feminist scholar who works on issues of race, gender, science and colonialism in Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific. She earned her PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Arvin’s first book, Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawaiʻi and Oceania, was published with Duke University Press in 2019. In that book, she analyzes the nineteenth and early twentieth century history of social scientists declaring Polynesians “almost white.”

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      Kamanamaikalani Beamer

      Kanaka Maoli

      (he/him)

      Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer is a professor at the Center for Hawaiian Studies in the Hui 'Āina Momona Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a joint appointment in the Richardson School of Law and the Hawai'inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. His research on governance, land tenure, and Hawaiian resource management, as well as his prior work as the director of ‘Āina-Based Education at Kamehameha Schools, prepared him for his continuing service as a director of Stanford University’s First Nations Futures Institute, a resource management development program for indigenous leaders developed by Stanford, Kamehameha Schools, and Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu in New Zealand. 

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      Matt Brown

      Māori