Haunani-Kay Trask

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Haunani-Kay Trask (1949- )



A tough speaking Hawaiian sovereignty activist. At a sovereignty rally at 'Iolani Palace on Jan. 17, 1993, Dr. Trask stated, "We are not American. We are native. We are indigenous to Hawai'i. Our lands and waters were stolen by the United States."

Dr. Trask is a Professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai'i, and she served for 10 years as the first full-time Director of the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies.

Dr. Trask also is one of the founders and leading members of Ka Lahui Hawai'i, the largest native sovereignty organization in Hawai'i. She opposes the tourism industry and military presence in Hawaii.

Trask Family

Mililani Trask, her younger sister, was a trustee of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs created by the 1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention. One of her uncles was Arthur K. Trask an active member of the Democratic Party and a supporter of Hawaiian rights. Another uncle, David Trask Jr. was head of the HGEA helped bring collective bargaining to Hawaii’s public employees. Her grandfather David Trask was an early member of the Hawai'i Democratic Party, the first Hawaiian sheriff in Honolulu, and a member of the Territorial Legislature for twenty-six years.


  • Kamehameha School graduate, Class of 1967
  • B.A. in Political Science at University of Wisconsin (Madison), 1972.
  • M.A. in Political Science at University of Wisconsin (Madison), 1975.
  • Ph.D. in Political Science at University of Wisconsin (Madison), 1981. Her dissertation called Eros and Power: The Promise of Feminist Theory was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 1986.

Books Authored

  • From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai'i[1]
  • Light in the Crevice Never Seen
  • Night is a Sharkskin Drum

Film, co-produced and scripted

  • Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation (1993)

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