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One of many remembrances of Haunani-Kay Trask

Dear Beloved Ka Lahui Hawai’i,

I send my condolences on the loss of Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask. I was one of her students (and I believe one of her first, if not her first student, to go onto get a Ph.D.). I was nurtured and mentored by Dr. Trask and Dr. David E. Stannard throughout my undergraduate & graduate studies as well as my career. 

I feel both a sense of deep sorrow and heartfelt gratitude to my forever kumu, Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask.

I wrote a tribute for her on my department’s website. I will be publishing a much longer version of this tribute in our department’s newsletter. I would not be where I am today without the love and mentorship of both Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask and Dr. David E. Stannard.

My heart is heavy, but I know Dr. Trask’s powerful work lives on.

Thank you.

With love, gratitude and solidarity,
Teresa Williams León
Professor of Asian American Studies
California State University Northridge
and forever, Haunani-Kay’s student

Haunani-Kay Trask (1949-2021)

We love you our great kumu, leader, and voice for our Lāhui! Uē nā lani.
Haunani-Kay Trask October 3, 1949 – July 3, 2021.


The Nation mourns the passing of Haunani-Kay Trask, a Native Daughter whose legacy lives on with each generation that continues to Kū’ē: oppose, resist, or protest colonialism through the advancement of sovereignty and self-determination in Hawai’i.  We offer our deepest condolences to her ‘ohana, haumāna, and the many lives she touched around the world.  Whether she was speaking before an audience here or abroad or signing a book, she would say or write: Kū’ē, Kū’ē, Kū’ē.

Lehua Kinilau, Kiaʻāina

Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi