Photo by Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada
This episode features our second installment of Lit for the Mauna, featuring lit and musical choices by Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, Lee Kava, M.G. Martin, and Serena Ngaio Simmons, and a talk-story interview with Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada about his experiences on Mauna Kea, plus a bonus hour++ of music that Bryan curated! Mahalo to Central Pacific Time, as always, for recording us! Enjoy!!
Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada is a tiny part of a beautiful beloved community that fights every day for breath, for ea, for connection, for sovereignty. He is sometimes called tree, bear, Morris, hoa, Uncle Jacket, and more. He is also sometimes an academic (publishing on comics, Bluebeard, translation, and life writing, all in the context of Hawaiʻi and ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi), editor (Hūlili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Wellbeing, and co-editor with Aiko Yamashiro of the special issue of Marvels and Tales “Rooted in Wonder: Tales of Indigenous Activism and Community Organizing”), translator, blogger (hehiale.wordpress.com), poet (The Offing, American Quarterly), writer of dorky sci-fi and speculative fiction stories set in Hawai‘i (Black Marks on the White Page, Pacific Monsters, Hawaiʻi Review), photographer, and/or videographer. What he mostly does is cook too much food and surf with his mother and a crew of fierce activist poet wahine who tease (and teach) him mercilessly.
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke
of the mountains, waters, plain
from fire, same as you
– Wendat we – grandmother, mother, woman –
Lee Kava is a hafekasi poet of Tongan descent. She dedicates her work to the genealogies of creativity and liberation in Oceania.
M.G. Martin (who was on the mauna 7/23) is the author of One For None (Ink, 2010). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bamboo Ridge, Powderkeg, Juked, ZYZZYVA, Sink Review, PANK, Hawaii Pacific Review, and from Greying Ghost Press. A 2018 W.S. Merwin Creative Teaching Fellow, he teaches middle school English and lives on Maui with the poet Tess Patalano and the dog, Ihu. Find him online at mgmartinpoetry.tumblr.com and @m.g.martin.
Serena Ngaio Simmons (Ngāti Porou) is a queer, transmasculine writer and performer born and raised on the island of O’ahu and is currently pursuing a masters in Indigenous Politics at UHM. She writes a lot about mana wahine, home, and identity conflict. She is always in support of her cousins on the mauna and all other Indigenous folks around the world reclaiming their homes one day at a time.
- Kahoʻokahi Kanuha – We Are ʻĀina
- Rob Ruha – Ka Mānu
- LIT: Talkstory with Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada (8:00-48:20)
- Alien Weaponry – Raupatu
- Punahele – Hoʻomau ke Ola
- LIT: Talkstory with Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada (54:30-56:40)
- Damian Marley – Get Up, Stand Up, performed on Mauna Kea
- LIT: Talkstory with Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada (58:45-1:06:00)
- Chaka Khan – I Love Myself
- LIT: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke’s “Girl/women” + “While Fighting/uncomplicate” (1:11:00)
- Laura Ortman’s “Water Is Life”
- LIT: Lee Kava’s “Monumental” (1:15:00)
- Led Zeppelin – Black Mountain Side
- LIT: M.G. Martin’s “Reckoning” (1:19:00)
- Horace Andy – Government Land (Give Up the Land)
- LIT: Serena Ngaio Simmons’s “Mauna Piece” (1:25:00)
- Explosions In the Sky – So Long, Lonesome
- Raye Zaragoza – Driving to Standing Rock
- Snotty Nose Rez Kids – Boujee Natives (explicit)
- Homework Simpson – I Live in the Kingdom (explicit)
- Bluebird Medicine Music – Anti Venom
- Mob Bounce – Vision Quest
- Troy Kingi – Grandma’s Rocket Poem
- Wolf Saga – Keep Dancing
- Leanne Simpson – Under Your Always Light (Ziibiwan Remix) (explicit)
- Mr Kapu – Rather Eat Stones
- Noah Slee – Radar
Recording date: 8/16/19; release date 8/19/19