Mehana Vaughan | Kaiāulu$19.95
Based on two decades of interviews with over sixty Hawaiian elders, leaders, and fishermen and women, Mehana Blaich Vaughan’s “Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides” is a deeply personal and affecting book about how community interacts with natural resources. The northeast coast of Kauaʻi, where Mehana was born and raised, can be a picturesque playground for tourists, but for centuries, the catch from this local reef, and the sharing of that food, has helped sustain area families. What happens when these fishing families become increasingly unseen, many of them moving away due to global commodification and loss of access to their coastal land? This book skillfully explores a community’s enduring efforts to nurture respectful relationships with natural resources and perpetuate these practices for future generations.
Meet the Makers
Mehana Blaich Vaughan grew up in northeast Kauaʻi, between the Haleleʻa and Koʻolau districts. She works as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management as well as the Sea Grant College Program and Hui ʻĀina Momona at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her research and teaching focuses on community relationships with natural resources, particularly indigenous communities. Her home is on Kauaʻi with her husband, mother and three children. “Kaiāulu: Gathering Tides” is her first book.