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‘Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal

Originally founded by Mahealani Dudoit and ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui to increase opportunities for ‘ōiwi voices to be published, Ōiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal has served as a highly regarded community journal for over 15 years. Inspired by the Maunakea movement, ku‘ualoha, who is a member of ‘Āina Momona's Board of Directors and an Associate Professor at the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa is bringing the journal to ‘Āina Momona to give a new generation of kānaka and their allies a forum to share stories from the mauna. 

Mana Maunakea

Volume 5 (Summer 2020)

Call for Submissions


Maunakea is a sacred piko (center) in Hawaiian culture, the impetus for Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) and our supporters in protecting the mauna from further desecration and mismanagement. In recent years, the proposed development of the TMT (thirty meter telescope) on Maunakea has galvanized unprecedented aloha ʻāina activism, often described as “the Kahoʻolawe of this generation.” Clearly our love for our ʻāina and the power of Mauna Kea to unite the Hawaiian lāhui is powerful.

ʻŌiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal is currently seeking submissions for Volume 5, “Mana Maunakea” (the power of Maunakea). Deadline for submission is November 28, 2019.


Submissions can take any creative form: stories, poems, songs, and artwork, in all genres. Non-fiction essays, research papers, and testimonies are also encouraged. Submissions can be composed in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian), Hawaiʻi Creole English (“pidgin”), English or any combination of the three. Documents should be submitted as .doc or .docx Word files; images should be formatted as jpg. All submissions should be emailed to:

ʻŌiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal is the first contemporary community journal dedication to Kanaka Maoli voices; all our writers, artist and production team are Kanaka Maoli. The journal is produced by Kuleana ʻŌiwi Press and ʻĀina Momona, a 501c3 non-profit organization. For general information or submission queries, please email us at:

The journal will be edited and complied by ku‘ualoha ho‘omanawanui, Kehau Watson, and Lahela Perry. There will also be a team of student editors for the 5th Volume. 


  • October 2019 - Open Call for Voices 

  • November 28, 2019 - Deadline for Submissions 

  • December 23, 2019 - First Review Completed, Authors / Artists Notified 

  • January 17, 2020 - Authors / Artists must submit release and biography by this date to move to editing phase 

  • December 2019 / January 2020 - Reviewed pieces returned to Authors / Artists for edits

  • March 1, 2020 - Final pieces due - no late submissions will be accepted

  • March - April 2020 - Final design

  • May 2020 - Final version sent out for printing 

  • July 15, 2020 - One year from the start of Maunakea reclamation, publication of journal 

  • July 2020 - Launch pā‘ina

Additional Submission Guidelines: 

  1. Submissions must be received by the deadline of November 28, 2019 (Lā Ku‘oko‘a) to the official email address Late submissions will not be accepted or reviewed. 

  2. All forms of literature and art are encouraged. We accept prose, poetry, short academic articles, interviews, mele, photography, art, and other media. 

  3. We are considering an online open source section. Updates about that effort will be posted to this page. 

  4. We typically do not accept previously published pieces, but such pieces will be considered under special circumstances. Please contact us if you wish to submit a previously published piece. 

  5. Photography, art, or images should be a minimum of 300 dpi. Feel free to filedrop large images to the email address if necessary. 

  6. Written pieces should be submitted in .doc or .docx file. 

  7. Typically, written pieces should be no more than 5,000 words, but longer pieces will be considered and may be accepted for publication.

  8. Written pieces should use the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition. 

  9. Please email with any questions. 

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