Sunaina K. Kale

Charles Eastman Fellow

Sunaina Keonaona Kale is Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian), Asian Indian, and haole (white). She is from the San Francisco Bay Area, and is from Ohlone and Bay Miwok territory. She received her Ph.D. and MA in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her dissertation is on reggae music in Hawai'i, and is about how Kanaka Maoli identity relates to reggae and is also interrelated with local identity in Hawai'i and the global. She has done fieldwork on the island of O'ahu, interviewing and hanging out with musicians, fans, and music industry professionals, as well as attending a lot of concerts. She won the Robert Walser and Susan McClary Fellowship from the Society of American Music in 2019, and has presented at conferences put on by the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the American Studies Association, and the Society for Ethnomusicology. She has also worked with the American Indian and Indigenous Collective at UCSB, which supports Indigenous students and connects to the local Chumash communities, and she has helped organize two of their symposiums. In addition, she co-organized the "Symposium on Music, Sound, and Indigeneity" at UCSB in February 2020 for primarily Indigenous graduate students and early career scholars.

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