Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Heoli earned her PhD in English (Hawai‘ian literature) with the completion of her dissertation entitled: “(Re)membering ‘Upena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Mo‘olelo Beyond Queer Theory.” Currently, Heoli is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawai‘ian Politics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Heoli is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor and a published author.