Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Kanaka Maoli University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Website URL
Hawaiian History, 19th century U.S., Indigenous research and translation, Colonial history and historiography.
Additional Contact Information
Kanaka Maoli, indigenous historian.

Personal Info

About Me

Noelani Arista was born in Honolulu and educated at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and Brandeis University. She received training in Hawaiian oli, orature and literature from Kumu Manuhaʻokalani Gay, Pōmaikaʻi Gaui, John Keola Lake, Rubellite Kawena Johnson and John Charlot. Her Kumu ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi include: Hauʻoli Victorino, Malia Melemaʻi, Hauʻoli Akaka, Kalani Akana, Lalepa Koga and Kaleikoa Kaʻeo. Arista has received further training in Hawaiian language, history and literature by working on projects and performances to benefit the community, with Kumu Sam Ohukaniohiʻa Gon, Kathryn Māhealani Wong, Edith McKinzie, Jeffrey Kapali Lyon and Kale Langlas.

Noelani Arista is a Historian of Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Her research interests include Hawaiian governance and law, Hawaiian intellectual history, Historiography of Hawaiʻi, Colonialism and missionization.

Noelani Arista participated on Skins 5.0,  and is an Assistant Professor of Hawaiian and U.S. History at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa. Her writing focuses on best practices in Hawaiian language textual archives, work that derives from training under kūpuna (elders,) research on traditional governance and law, and Hawaiian intellectual history. Currently she seeks to create pathways into digital territory, considering questions about how to secure traditional Hawaiian systems of knowledge—and further mo’o ʻōlelo through various digital mediums, including game play. She is the creator of the facebook group 365 days of aloha which supplies followers with a Hawaiian word, translations of songs or chants, and images to facilitate encounters with deeper Hawaiian currents of knowledge.



Recent Publications

The Kingdom and the Republic: Sovereign Hawaiʻi and the Early United States, UPENN Press, (2019)

Ka Waihona Palapala Manaleo: Research in a Time of Plenty. Colonialism and Ignoring the Hawaiian Language Archive.” Indigenous Textual Cultures. Duke University Press. (2019)

“Davida Malo He Mo’olelo Hawai’i: Davida Malo, Hawaiian Historian, A Hawaiian Life.” Introduction to Ka Moolelo Hawaii, University of Hawaiʻi Press. (2019)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Hawaiʻi and the U.S.
Expertise by Geography
Pacific, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Law, Religion