Bachelor of Arts
Comparative American Studies
Queer, Indigeneity, Temporality, Hawaii, Homonationalism, Pinkwashing, Settler colonialism
Through studying the discourse deployed by Hawai‘i's predominantly white LGBT political community, this paper explores the limits of single-issue gay marriage politics with respect to the Native Hawaiian community. This paper connects white LGBT political organizations to Hawai‘i's tourism industrial complex through the community's discursive deployment of "aloha" and destination weddings in arguing for same-sex marriage legalization. In exploring the mahu identity, this paper theorizes potential decolonized queer futurities.
Otsuka, Cuyler, "Aloha, Marriage Equality: Unsettling Gay Constructions of Paradise" (2014). Honors Papers. 301.