• Waves of Knowing: A Seascape Epistemology

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  • Acknowledgments  ix
    Introduction  1
    1. He'e Nalu: Reclaiming Ke Kai  41
    2. Oceanic Literacy: A Politics and an Ethics  79
    3. Seascape Epistemology: Ke Kino and Movement  103
    4. Ho'okele: Seascape Epistemology as an Embodied Voyage  127
    5. Halau O Ke Kai: Potential Applications of Seascape Epitemology  155
    Epilogue  183
    Notes  185
    References  189
    Index  197
  • "Conveying the beauty and meaning of hee nalu to Hawaiians past and present, with water photos by her husband, Russell J. Amimoto, Waves of Knowing is an impassioned and informative call to surfers to be responsible to ourselves, our community and our shared, beloved sea."

    "Despite the limitations of writing in the English language, Waves of Knowing is an elegant way of articulating an indigenous Hawaiian epistemology.... This book is a valuable contribution to the literature on indigenous methodology, and will also contribute to the growing literature in critical surf studies."

    "Waves of Knowing is an intimate discussion of both external and internal realities found both in the politics of Hawai?i and within the author’s perception. Ingersoll eschews a colonial-variety, empirical world (knowledge without the nuance of dreams or intuition) and instead explores a dynamic, place-based, historic memory empowerment which becomes its own living archive. . . . Ingersoll works to re-code this fluid sensibility back into our thinking so feeling and emotion can respectfully re-enter our cognitive reality."

    “This beautifully written book makes a valuable contribution to articulating indigenous epistemologies, and offers concrete suggestions for how Kanaka Maoli ways of knowing can be translated into practices which empower indigenous and local knowledge and skills, affirm cultural identity, and care for both the land and seascapes.”

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  • "Conveying the beauty and meaning of hee nalu to Hawaiians past and present, with water photos by her husband, Russell J. Amimoto, Waves of Knowing is an impassioned and informative call to surfers to be responsible to ourselves, our community and our shared, beloved sea."

    "Despite the limitations of writing in the English language, Waves of Knowing is an elegant way of articulating an indigenous Hawaiian epistemology.... This book is a valuable contribution to the literature on indigenous methodology, and will also contribute to the growing literature in critical surf studies."

    "Waves of Knowing is an intimate discussion of both external and internal realities found both in the politics of Hawai?i and within the author’s perception. Ingersoll eschews a colonial-variety, empirical world (knowledge without the nuance of dreams or intuition) and instead explores a dynamic, place-based, historic memory empowerment which becomes its own living archive. . . . Ingersoll works to re-code this fluid sensibility back into our thinking so feeling and emotion can respectfully re-enter our cognitive reality."

    “This beautifully written book makes a valuable contribution to articulating indigenous epistemologies, and offers concrete suggestions for how Kanaka Maoli ways of knowing can be translated into practices which empower indigenous and local knowledge and skills, affirm cultural identity, and care for both the land and seascapes.”

  • "A risk-taking and vividly written work, Waves of Knowing helps destabilize reigning land-centered frameworks of contemporary place-making and, all the more so, puts the Hawaiian oceanic sensibility back where it culturally and politically belongs. With flair, range, and commitment, Karin Amimoto Ingersoll shows ocean and land to be one interactive Hawaiian continuum of embodied place-making. Waves of Knowing offers an important, timely, and conjunctive intervention into Hawaiian studies, oceanic studies, and decolonizing indigenous scholarship." — Rob Wilson, author of, Reimagining the American Pacific: From South Pacific to Bamboo Ridge and Beyond

    "Karin Amimoto Ingersoll presents her readers with a manifesto calling for a relocation of self through the sea as an affective and embodied tradition for a resurgence of indigenous Hawaiian epistemologies. By focusing on the seascape as an epistemological and ontological site that reconfigures bodies in relation to land, community, and relations, Ingersoll powerfully articulates a mode of being that counters the devastating effects of colonialism." — Jodi A. Byrd, author of, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism

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    In Waves of Knowing Karin Amimoto Ingersoll marks a critical turn away from land-based geographies to center the ocean as place. Developing the concept of seascape epistemology, she articulates an indigenous Hawaiian way of knowing founded on a sensorial, intellectual, and embodied literacy of the ocean. As the source from which Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) draw their essence and identity, the sea is foundational to Kanaka epistemology and ontology. Analyzing oral histories, chants, artwork, poetry, and her experience as a surfer, Ingersoll shows how this connection to the sea has been crucial to resisting two centuries of colonialism, militarism, and tourism. In today's neocolonial context—where continued occupation and surf tourism marginalize indigenous Hawaiians—seascape epistemology as expressed by traditional cultural practices such as surfing, fishing, and navigating provides the tools for generating an alternative indigenous politics and ethics. In relocating Hawaiian identity back to the waves, currents, winds, and clouds, Ingersoll presents a theoretical alternative to land-centric viewpoints that still dominate studies of place-making and indigenous epistemology.

    About The Author(s)

    Karin Amimoto Ingersoll is an independent scholar, writer, and surfer based in Honolulu, Hawaii. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
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