Department of Ethnic Studies (ES)
Public Policy Center (PPC)
Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana
Kohe Malamalama O Kanaloa Protect Kaho'olawe Fund
PhD, 1989, UH-Manoa, Hawaiian/Pacific History
Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor is a Professor and founding member of the
Ethnic Studies Department at UH-Manoa. She is a historian of Hawai'i and the
Davianna grew up in the ahupua'a of Kaiwi'ula in the Kapalama district of
O'ahu and spent her summers with grandparents in Waiakea, Hilo, Hawai'i.
She currently resides on O'ahu and Moloka'i. As a member of the Protect
Kaho'olawe 'Ohana she helps to steward the lands of Kaho'olawe -
Kohemalamalama O Kanaloa.
Her ongoing research endeavors have focused on documenting the
persistence of traditional Hawaiian cultural customs, beliefs, and practices in
rural Hawaiian communities, including the island of Moloka'i; the districts of
Puna and Ka'u on Hawai'i; Ke'anae-Wailuanui on Maui and Waiahole-Waikane
on O'ahu. This work is featured in her UH Press book, 2007, Na Kua'aina:
Living Hawaiian Culture.
In 2006 she conducted studies which resulted in the following technical
Hurricane Evacuation Behavior Study for Guam and the Commonwealth of the
Northern Marianas for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with Jon Matsuoka,
December 31, 2006.
Cultural Assessment Report for the La'au Point Rural-Residential
Development, 2006, assisted by Sean McNamara.
Cultural Assessment for the Mo'omomi Preserve, Kaluako'i, Island of Moloka'i,
for The Nature Conservancy, June 15, 2006, assisted by Blake La Benz.
Cultural Assessment for the Kamakou Preserve, Makakupa'ia and Kawela,
Island of Moloka'i, for The Nature Conservancy, June 15, 2006, assisted by
Blake La Benz.
Moloka'i Responsible Tourism Initiative: A Community-based Visitor Plan for
Moloka'i, for Ke 'Aupuni Lokahi-Moloka'i Enterprise Community, February
Perpetuation of Kanaka 'Oiwi subsistence, cultural and religious beliefs, customs
and practices. Protection of our cultural kipuka for our Kanaka 'Oiwi culture,
such as the island of Moloka'i and Waipi'o, Puna, Ka'u on Hawai'i, and Keanae-
Wailuanui, Hana on Maui, etc. Cultural stewardship of Kanaloa Kaho'olawe as a
sacred cultural land trust for Lahui Kanaka 'Oiwi. Organization and recognition
of the Kanaka 'Oiwi governing entity. Biocultural Studies.
Professor McGregor teaches ES 221: Hawaiians, ES 350 Economic Change and
Hawai'i's People and ES 340 Land Tenure and Use in Hawai'i, and ES 392
Change in Pacific - Polynesia. Students in her Hawaiians class participate in
stewardship-related service learning projects on Kahoolawe, at Kahanahaiki/
Makua Valley, the He`eia Fishpond, Na Pohaku o Hauwahine and the Kanewai
ES 221 (Spring 2014) : 221 Hawaiians - Download
ES 340 (Spring 2014) : Land Tenure and Use in Hawai'i - Download
ES ES 350 (Spring 2014) : Economic Change & Hawai'i's People - Download
ES ES 340 (Fall 2013) : Land Tenure and Use in Hawai'i - Download
ES ES221 (Fall 2013) : Hawaiians - Download
ES 221 (Spring 2013) : Hawaiians - Download
ES 340 (Spring 2013) : Land Tenure & Use in Hawai'i - Download
ES 350 (Spring 2013) : Economic Change and Hawai?i?s People - Download
Recognizing Native Hawaiians: Reality Bites, in Sovereign Acts, edited by Frances Negron-Muntaner, South End Press, 2011 (2011): The academic critique of sovereignty as a viable project in a global economy cannot derail a quest that has been instilled in the hearts and minds of a people for generations. Moreover, the concept of sovereignty envisioned by Na Kanaka 'Oiwi is rooted in the traditional and customary exercise of indigenous sovereignty which evolved over centuries preceding contact and commerce with European, American and Asian nation-states. "Ea"
Type: Chapters in books
Statehood: Catalyst of the Twentieth Century Kanaka 'Oiwi Cultural Renaissance and Sovereignty Movement, Journal of Asian American Studies Vol 13 No 3, 311-326 (2010): Overview of the origins of the contemporary Native Hawaiian Movements for land and sovereignty
Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
Na Kua'aina: Living Hawaiian Culture (2007): Introduces the concept of cultural kipuka, the rural communities of Hawai'i where the kua'aina, longtime residents and keepers of traditional knowledge have perpetuated Kanaka 'Oiwi/Native Hawaiian cultural, subsistence and spiritual customs, beliefs and practices and 'olele makuahine/language.
Type: Historical Book of Original Scholarship
Hawai'i Book Publishers' Assn. Po'okele Award (2008): Honorable Mention for Excellence in Hawaiian Culture - Na Kua'aina: Living Hawaiian Culture
Kenneth W. Balridge Prize (2007): For best book in any field of history written by a resident of Hawai'i from 2005-2007 - Na Kua'aina: Living Hawaiian Culture
Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for Faculty Service to the Community (2005)