Degree Year

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Comparative American Studies

Advisor(s)

Harry Hirsch

Committee Member(s)

Meredith Raimondo
Greggor Mattson

Keywords

Queer, Indigeneity, Temporality, Hawaii, Homonationalism, Pinkwashing, Settler colonialism

Abstract

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.

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