Date published: August 18, 2011
Journal code: BIHE
A retelling of Hawaiians' little-known fight against American imperialism has just been named the most influential book in Native American and indigenous studies so far for the 21st century. Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism captured the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association's top award this summer after a vote by the association's 700-plus members. The book was written by Dr. Noenoe Silva, a political science and Hawaiian language professor at the University of Hawaii. Many Hawaiian history books rely on English-language resource materials - but not Suva's. Noted Jean O'Brien, past president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association: "Noenoe Suva's book was the first to make extensive use of Hawaiian language materials, and her work fundamentally shifted the standards in the field in her insistence on incorporating Hawaiian language mastery and these invaluable materials into scholarly work." The book was published in 2004.