Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future

Kanaka Maoli and Critical Settler Cartographies in Hawai'i

Book Pages: 304 Illustrations: 53 illustrations, incl. 16 in color Published: March 2021

American Studies, Environmental Studies, Native and Indigenous Studies

In Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future, Candace Fujikane contends that the practice of mapping abundance is a radical act in the face of settler capital's fear of an abundance that feeds. Cartographies of capital enable the seizure of abundant lands by enclosing "wastelands" claimed to be underdeveloped. By contrast, Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) cartographies map the continuities of abundant worlds. Vital to restoration movements is the art of kilo, intergenerational observation of elemental forms encoded in storied histories, chants, and songs. As a participant in these movements, Fujikane maps the ecological lessons of these elemental forms: reptilian deities who protect the waterways, sharks who swim into the mountains, the navigator Maui who fishes up the islands, the deities of snow and mists on Mauna Kea. The laws of these elements are now being violated by toxic waste dumping, leaking military jet fuel tanks, and astronomical-industrial complexes. As Kanaka Maoli and their allies stand as land and water protectors, Fujikane calls for a profound attunement to the elemental forms in order to transform climate events into renewed possibilities for planetary abundance.


Mapping Abundance for a Planetary Future slays settler colonial cartographies that diminish life. The book breathes with the voices of Hawaiian communities, lands, movements, elements, and Candace Fujikane herself, at her best. Saturated in the abundance of Kanaka Maoli mappings and mo‘olelo, this book is a spear and a spade, medicine and masterpiece, a diagnosis and a portal, a lei and a ho‘okupu.” — Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘opua, author of The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School

“With intellectual verve, analytical agility, and ethnographic gracefulness, Candace Fujikane unpacks the perversity of settler capitalism, which produces scarcity in order to claim its toxic surplus, as she amplifies Kanaka Maoli support of an earth cartography of abundant healing and protection. A groundbreaking work; a must-read.” — Elizabeth A. Povinelli, author of The Inheritance


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Candace Fujikane is Professor of English at the University of Hawai‘i and coeditor of Asian Settler Colonialism: From Local Governance to the Habits of Everyday Life in Hawai‘i.

Table of Contents Back to Top
Note on the Text  xi
Acknowledgments  xiii
Introduction. Abundant Cartographies for a Planetary Future  1
1. Moʻoʻāina as Cartographic Method: Recovering the Birthplace of Māui in Waiʻanae  31
2. Maps in Motion: Mapping Wonder in Waiʻana on Huakaʻi Aloha ʻĀina  60
3. Moʻoinanea's Waterways on Mauna a Wākea: Beyond Settler Colonial Thresholds in the Wao Aku  86
4. Kūpuna Pōhaku on Mauna a Wākae: Spiraling Back to the Piko 115 5. Vertical Maps of Subterranean Waters in Kalihi: The Laws of Haumea and Kānemilohae 144 6. Moʻoʻāina Cascades in Waiāhole and Heʻeia: A Cartography of Haumea and Kānemilohae 144
Conclusion. ʻIwakilomoku: Foreseeing a Future beyond Capital  208
Notes 221
Bibliography 243
Index  257
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1168-2 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1056-2