Informal Session: Honoring Kale Langlas
Organizers: Fiona McCormack and Craig Severance
This panel honours the immense contribution of Kale Langlas, as both a scholar and teacher, to Anthropology in and for Hawaii. Kale’s ethnographic research, spanning nearly four decades, is distinguished by its sensitivity, deep immersion in Hawaiian culture, language and history as well as its ability to uniquely capture Hawaiian ways of life in the context of global change. His ethnographic research includes the Kalapana Oral History Project (1987-1990), ethnohistorical work on cultural sites in Kohala, the saddle road and Mauna Kea (1993-1996), an ethnographic film on traditional Hawaiian ulua fishing (2004), Native Hawaiian uses of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (1996-2000) and long term ethnographic research on the community of Kalaupapa, the former leprosy colony (2002-2005, 2006-2008). Over the last decade Kale, along with Jeffrey Kapali Lyon, has been editing and translating David Malo’s Hawaiian text of Ka Mo’olelo Hawai’i. This seminal work is forthcoming from University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu. Kale is also renowned for his teaching and supervision within Ka Haka ‘Ula O Ke’elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaii, Hilo. He has produced an archive of 203 interviews with 78 people carried out by him and his students between 1987 and 2020. The panel invites participants to contribute reflections, stories, or other forms of presentations to honour the work of this gifted anthropologist.
Fiona McCormack, University of Waikato, <email@example.com>;
Craig Severance, University of Hawaii, Hilo