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Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar / educator born and raised in Pālolo Valley (Oʻahu) to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Her formal research areas are Indigenous theory, translation theory and Kanaka Maoli moʻolelo with an emphasis on gender and sexuality in Kanaka Maoli moʻolelo

Courses taught

English 100: Place-based first year english composition with an intimate focus on Hawaiʻi as a site for knowledge making.

English 270: Hawaiian Literature of Resistance
During this course we read, analyze and engage with the many pieces of literature before and after this iconic Mele ʻAi Pōhaku and trace the flourishing genealogy of Hawaiian Resistance Literature. Because our class is focused on the literature born out of Hawaiian resistance, this class grounds itself by developing a foundational knowledge of Hawaiian history, and the history of political and social resistance in Hawaiʻi. In doing so this course explores the many genres of literature that were created through resistance and inspire many generations to fight for the end of the occupation of Hawaiʻi.

English 272: Aloha ʻĀina: Land and Patriotism in Hawaiian Literature This course, Aloha ʻĀina: Land and Patriotism in Hawaiian literature, was envisioned as a way for students to explore the many ways Aloha ʻĀina is a major thread through Hawaiian Literature, history and identity. Because our class is focused on the literature born out of the Kanaka Maoli value, Aloha ʻĀina, this class grounds itself by developing a foundational knowledge of Hawaiian history, and the history of Hawaiian literature and a diverse study of the many ways Aloha ʻĀina can be defined. In doing so, we explore the many genres of literature that were created as a means to demonstrate a distinctly Hawaiian patriotism through many generations of Hawaiian survivance and resistance. In addition, we learn to rigorously analyze and discuss many genres of composition including but not limited to: oli, mele, poetry & spoken word, plays, film, short story, and biography. We also read many non-fiction and creative non-fiction essays written by Kanaka Maoli to give context to the many ways land and patriotism are central to Hawaiian Literature,

Education

Honors BA from Stanford University
MA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts
PhD Candidate in English at UHM

 Publications

2009, Published in Hāpai Nā Leo, Literary Journal
2010, Published in Volume 4 of the ʻŌiwi Journal, Political Hawaiian Journal
2014, Published in the Hawai’i review (79th edition)
2014, Published in The Value of Hawaiʻi (Volume 2)
2014, “Sinking Bodies” published in Hawaiʻinuiakea Monograph: I Ulu i ka ʻĀina (Volume 2)
2015, Published in the Hawaii review (81st edition)
2016, “Two Perspectives on Political Narrative in One Activist Family”, Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-being (Volume 10).
2016, “An Interview with Jamaica Osorio.” Wasafiri. 31:3, 54-58.

Current projects

Aikāne, A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer Theory: Unsettling White Settler Logics and Empowering Indigenous Desires (Dissertation)

Link to downloadable CV

Links to projects, research, other websites

Recent lectures

2013, Lecturer at TEDx Mānoa 2014, Invited Lecturer at TEDx Honolulu (Iolani School)
2014, WIPCE (World Indigenous People’s Conference on Education) – Final Keynote Presenter 2014, WIPCE – All Day youth Engagement Workshop Facilitator (ʻŌpio day) 2014, World Parks Congress: Opening Speaker for the World Leaders Dialogue (Sydney, AU) 2015, Critical Ethnic Studies Conference in Toronto, Canada. Conference Presentation

Videos

WIPCE Keynote
TedX Manoa 
WIPCE, Lā ʻŌpio

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