Dr.

Haunani-Kay Trask

(
1949
2021
)
Area
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Specialty
Political Science
Elected
2021

Haunani-Kay Trask was Professor Emerita at the University of Hawaii. Professor Trask was a pivotal intellectual figure among Native Hawaiian people over the past four decades, demonstrating the importance of critical analysis and creativity to forging a more just future for Indigenous peoples. Her book From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai’i (1993) remains a classic of Indigenous political thought. She was founding director of the School of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai’i, (the only school of Indigenous studies at a research 1 institution in the U.S.) and founded Ka Lahui Hawai’i, the largest grassroots group in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.

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