Haunani-Kay Trask is a Hawaiian poet, an academic, an activist, an educator, and a writer. She earned her BA, and her MA and PhD in political science, from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She was professor of Hawaiian studies with the Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and has represented native Hawaiians in the United Nations and various other global forums. She is the author of two poetry books, Light in the Crevice Never Seen (1994) and Night Is a Sharkskin Drum (2002), and two works of scholarship: Eros and Power: The Promise of Feminist Theory (1986) and From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii (1993).

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