Dr. RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda (2013), the Director of the Office of Native Hawaiian Partnerships at Chaminade University, received her PhD in political science from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her dissertation, “The Colonial Carceral and Prison Politics in Hawai’i,” analyzes the historical and contemporary ways that policy, representation, and discourse perpetuate and enable the criminalization and over-incarceration of Hawaiians. Her professional background spans a range of disciplines, including law and policy, research, and community education. RaeDeen’s passion to contribute toward the well-being of Hawaiians drives her commitments in both her professional and community work.

Journey to Justice: A Conversation with Dr. RaeDeen Keahiolalo-Karasuda and Eiko Kosasa
In this interview, RaeDeen reflects upon the experiences that influenced her political consciousness, her research on Chief Kamanawa (her article is in the below attachment), her work on the Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force (as reflected in the attached report), and her commitment to higher education. I began the interview by asking where was she born and raised.


Running time approximately 28 min.

A Genealogy of Punishment in Hawai‘i: The Public Hanging of Chief Kamanawa II
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The Native Hawaiian Justice Task Force Report
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