Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio is a Kanaka Maoli activist, poet, musician, educator, and a PhD candidate in English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her formal research areas are indigenous theory, translation theory and Kanaka Maoli moʻolelo.

Jamaica’s introduction to formal education began in her hometown of Pālolo at Ke Kula Kaiāpuni o Ānuenue where she honed her aloha for ʻŌlelo and ʻike Hawaiʻi. Jamaica is a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama. After high school Jamaica attended and graduated with honors from the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity program at Stanford University and a later received a Masters degree in the Arts Politics program at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Jamaica is a widely published poet and professional performer and has shared her poetry throughout Oceania, on 5 of the 7 continents, and at the Whitehouse by invitation of President Obama. In her free time, Jamaica facilitates poetry workshops for local and Kanaka Maoli youth in Hawaiʻi and is a board member of the award winning organization, Pacific Tongues. Currently Jamaica is a junior faculty specialist at native Hawaiian Student Services at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

3 thoughts on “Resume

  1. I heard you recite a poem on Lets Talk with John Kane aired in NYC. John Kane and Tiokasin Ghosthorse talked about a mountain that is being invaded with a tower and people in Hawaii are fighting and resisting this object because the mountain is holy in Hawaii. We are losing sacred sites all over. I want to find out more…

  2. Aloha!
    My name is Kassidy, and I am an 8th grade student at Kailua Intermediate School. My English class is doing a project where we each do something that we are passionate in as we are in a group of other students passionate about the same thing. Me and my group have chosen a passion project where we are working hard towards bringing back the Hawaiian culture as we notice that it is lacking in our islands. We have an event planned where we are looking for a guest speaker to talk about the Hawaiian culture or anything in that range, and you seemed like the perfect fit!! Please email me at for details on everything if you are interested in doing so. Mahalo!!

  3. Aloha,
    I would also, like the preceding message, like to be in touch with you regarding an event on the campus of UH Maui College on May 30 and31st. My contact information is: S. Leihuanani Bissen, Director, GEAR UP Grant program;
    I hope to hear from you at your soonest opportunity.
    Mahalo and Make it a great day!

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