University of Hawai‘i
at Mānoa

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

2645 Dole Street Honolulu, HI 96822 Fax(808) 973-0988

Office

KAMA 209F

Contact

Email

lia@hawaii.edu

Phone

808-956-0637

LIA O’NEILL KEAWE

Assistant Professor

Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

About

Dr. Lia O’Neill M.A. Keawe is an Assistant Professor at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.  She earned her doctorate in political science in 2008 from the University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa.  Her dissertation, “Kiʻi Pāpālua: Imagery and colonialism in Hawaiʻi” examines the appropriation, misrepresentation, commodification, and expropriation of the Hawaiian hula girl image.  She is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and earned a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies and master’s degree in political science at U.H. Mānoa.  Dr. Keawe’s research locates and exposes the structures of colonialism that are often hidden in plain sight.  She has focused much of her work on communities located on the Leeward Coast of Oʻahu in rewriting and rerighting the moʻolelo of these communities to realize social justice, self-determination, and well-being.