Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department

Environmental Analysis

Reader 1

Kevin Dettmar

Reader 2

Char Miller


In the second half of my thesis, I explore Asian settler claims to belonging in Hawai'i through fictional literature from and about the Islands. I investigate the ways in which authors manufacture ideas of home and belonging and localness in their works by reconstructing Native Hawaiian ontologies to varying degrees of success, and parse apart the ways in which certain novels or collections of short stories such as The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings and Language of the Geckos and Other Stories by Gary Pak navigate what it means to be at home in Hawai'i.