Department of Ethnic Studies (ES)
Public Policy Center (PPC)
Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana
Kohe Malamalama O Kanaloa Protect Kaho'olawe Fund
Molokai Land Trust
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 (Fall 2015) : 221 Hawaiians - Download
ES ES 350 (Fall 2015) : Economic Change & Hawai'i's People - Download
ES 340 (Spring 2014) : Land Tenure and Use in Hawai'i - Download
Recognizing Native Hawaiians: Reality Bites, in Sovereign Acts, edited by Frances Negron-Muntaner, South End Press, 2011 (2015): The overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893, together with the dual governance policy of the U.S. and demographic changes that reduced Kanaka ?Oiwi to twenty percent (20%) Hawai?i's resident population by the 21st century has resulted in the existence of two sovereign entities.
One entity is Lahui ?Oiwi, the Native Hawaiian indigenous nation and the other entity is Aupuni Hawai?i, the multi-ethnic Hawai?i nation-state. Both have the inherent right of sovereignty and the right to exercise this sovereignty through its own government. Neither has re-established a government that is recognized at the state, national or international level. This political condition has given rise to two distinct movements for sovereignty and self-determination in Hawai?i.
One movement seeks to re-establish the government of Lahui ?Oiwi (Native Hawaiian indigenous nation) and define a government-to-government relationship with the U.S. government similar to that of other indigenous peoples. The second movement seeks to re-establish the government of Aupuni Hawai?i the (multi-ethnic Hawai?i nation-state) separate from the U.S. nation-state
Type: Chapters in books
Keywords: Hawaiian Sovereignty, Hawai?i Independence
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
Connecting People and Place at Kalaupapa National Historical Park (2010 -2015): An oral history project to locate and interview descendants of the Native Hawaiians who originally lived in Kalaupapa, Makanalua and Kalawao, prior to the establishment of the Hansen's Disease Settlement. The original residents were relocated from Kalawao in 1865 and from Kalaupapa and Makanalua in 1895, mostly to East Moloka'i.
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)