Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future

Kanaka Maoli and Critical Settler Cartographies in Hawai'i

Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future

Book Pages: 256 Illustrations: 53 illustrations, incl. 16 in color Published: February 2021

American Studies, Environmental Studies, Native and Indigenous Studies

In Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future, Candace Fujikane contends that mapping abundance is a radical act in the face of settler capital's fear of an abundance that feeds. Cartographies of capital enable the seizure of abundant lands by enclosing "wastelands" it claims are underdeveloped. By contrast, Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) cartographies map the continuities of abundant worlds. Vital to restoration movements is the art of kilo, intergenerational observation of elemental forms encoded in storied histories, chants, and songs. As a participant in these movements, Fujikane maps the ecological lessons of these elemental forms: reptilian deities who protect the waterways, sharks who swim into the mountains, the navigator Maui who fishes up the islands, the deities of snow and mists on Mauna Kea. The laws of these elements are now being violated by toxic waste dumping, leaking military jet fuel tanks, and astronomical industrial complexes. As Kanaka Maoli and their allies stand as land and water protectors, Fujikane calls for a profound attunement to the elemental forms in order to transform climate events into renewed possibilities for planetary abundance.


Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future slays settler colonial cartographies that diminish life. The book breathes with the voices of Hawaiian communities, lands, movements, elements, and Candace Fujikane herself, at her best. Saturated in the abundance of Kanaka Maoli mappings and mo‘olelo, this book is a spear and a spade, medicine and masterpiece, a diagnosis and a portal, a lei and a ho‘okupu.” — Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘opua, author of The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School


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Candace Fujikane is Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i and coeditor of Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawai‘i.

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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1168-2 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1056-2