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Erin Kahunawaika‘ala Wright


Erin Kahunawaika‘ala Wright grew up at a time Hawaiian language, culture, and love of nature weren’t valued. In the 1980s, living in the rainforest ecosystem near Kīlauea volcano, she discovered the landscape of Hawaiʻi, within and without, and reconnected with her deep roots. She is now a professor of Hawaiian language at Kapiʻolani Community College and author of Learn Hawaiian at Home, The Illustrated Hawaiian Dictionary, and Rainforest Pu‘uhonua.  She is a co-editor of A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty, and Kanaka ‘Ōiwi Methodologies: Mo‘olelo and Metaphor.