Listen in on our latest Leo Kupa Podcast with Malcolm Nāea Chun.
The Reverand Dr. Malcolm Nāea Chun received his formal education at ‘Iolani School and the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. He attended St. John’s Theological College in Aotearoa (New Zealand) as a Rotary International Fellow and the Vancouver School of Theology in British Columbia as an Inter-Pacific Fellow. He received his PhD from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Aotearoa, the first international recipient. He is ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in Hawai’i, serving as associate priest at the Cathedral of St. Andrew’s in Honolulu and vicar of St. John’s By The Sea in Kahalu’u, O’ahu.
Dr. Chun has taught Hawaiian language and folklore in the University of Hawai’i system and has worked as a cultural specialist and culture and education officer for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and also as a cultural specialist of the Hawai’i State Department of Health, the Queen Lili’uokalani Children’s Center and the Curriculum Research & Development Group at the College of Education, University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the Pihana Nā Mamo Native Hawaiian Education program.
Dr. Chun’s publications include translations of Hawaiian newspapers and other nineteenth century writings, including books on traditional medicinal practices, biographies of Hawaiian scholars, Hawaiian history, and also children’s song and storybooks. He has contributed articles on Hawaiian culture, history and religion to many journals, including biographies of Maiki Aiu Lake and Davida Malo for the Oxford University Press Online Service’s American National Biography series and an edited and updated an article on Hawaiian religion for Macmillan’s Encyclopaedia on Religion, Second Edition. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the translation of the 1860s records of the ‘Ahahui Lā’au Lapa’au of Wailuku.
He is also the translator and editor of the History of Kanalu by Benjamin K. Nāmakaokekahi and David Malo’s Ka Mo’olelo Hawai’i . [He was formerly the Canon Pastor at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Honolulu.]
Dr. Chun is currently working on a series of murder mysteries set during pre-contact Hawai’i as a fun and exciting way to learn more about traditional Hawaiian history, behaviours and customs and the way Hawaiians see and understand the world around them. The series begins with the first title, Makahiki , set during the time of annual tribute and harvest time. Dr. Chun plans to publish this fiction separately in English and then followed by a Hawaiian text. He has completed the second in the series, [entitled Maunu, The Bait ,] and is working on the third title.
This episode is brought to you by Papa Ola Lokahi.
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Photo cred: Avery Promise