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JAMAICA HEOLIMELEIKALANI OSORIO

ARTIST | ACTIVIST | SCHOLAR

Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli wahine artist / activist / scholar / storyteller born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Jamaica earned her PhD in English (Hawaiian literature) in 2018 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Currently, Jamaicais an Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Jamaicais a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor and a published author. In 2020 her poetry and activism were the subject of an award-winning film, This is the Way we Rise (directed by Ciara Lacey)which was featured in Vogue.com and at Sundance Film Festival.  In 2022 she was a lead artist and Co-writer of the revolutionary VR film, On the Morning You Wake (To the end of the world) that premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2022 & SXSW 2022. She is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, Ford fellow, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford University (BA) and New York University (MA). Her book Remembering our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea was published in  2021 by The University of Minnesota Press.