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Behind the Words

About Noe

Daughter of the ocean      Kanaka Maoli       Mother of three  


Noelani Goodyear–Ka‘ōpua is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research focuses on Indigenous and Native Hawaiian politics, with an emphasis on education, social movements, Indigenous resurgence and Indigenous futures. In addition to her publications and research, Noe is an award-winning teacher at UH Mānoa and a dedicated volunteer in the Hawaiian community. She serves on the boards of Hawaiian community organizations doing land- and ocean-based cultural resurgence work, as well as on the executive council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Noe was born and raised on Oʻahu, and her genealogy also connects her to other islands within the Hawaiian archipelago, as well as to Southern China and the British Midlands. She is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools. Noe earned her BA in Hawaiian Studies and Political Science from the University of Hawaiʻi, and she earned her PhD in History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Her writing is one aspect of a lifetime commitment to aloha ʻāina.