In The Making

Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio: This Is The Way We Rise

Directed by Ciara Lacy.

Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) wahine (female) poet/activist/scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Jamaica earned her PhD in English (Hawaiian literature) with the completion of her dissertation entitled: “(Re)membering ʻUpena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Moʻolelo Beyond Queer Theory.”

Currently, Jamaica is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Jamaica is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor, and a published author. She is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, Ford Fellow, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford (BA) and New York University (MA).

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