"This special issue provokes readers to think about how macro-level social and historical forces impact the individual lives of everyday Hawaiian people. This volume also adds to the toolbox of ways to uplift the collective lahui of Hawai‘i and the ‘aina that gives us life. The articles and stories gathered here contribute to the stirring of more efforts no ka pono o ka lahui.
The cover illustration is a visual narrative of the themes within this special edition. The imagery – from birth and death, intergenerational trauma, aloha ‘aina, and political independence to gender identity, perpetuation of indigenous knowledge, and decolonizing minds – seeks to showcase our eternal connection to the land and each other, despite the wholesale shift in power that has been witnessed in the Hawaiian Islands across the last two hundred years. Hūlili is a multidisciplinary forum for current research that examines the nature, needs, and strengths of Native Hawaiian families and communities. Through collaboration and critique, Hūlili forges new connections and shared insights to mobilize greater Hawaiian well-being."