believe me when i say
are with me
mountains and all.
Image Description of Epigraph:Two full lines and one quarter line of black text printed over a gray textured background quoting J. Nāwahī that reads: "Owai kou makuahine? O ka aina no! Owai kou kupunawahine? O ka aina no!"
Added: Friday, July 31, 2020 / Used with permission.
leilani portillo (she/they) is a queer Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Hawaiian) poet, potter, and artist. They were born and raised on occupied Ohlone Territory and moved to Hawaiʻi in 2012. They have been exploring their kuleana (responsibility) as a Kanaka from the diaspora who has returned to their ancestral home(is)lands. Since learning about and getting involved with the Hawaiian independence movement, leilani has shifted from academia centered work to community centered work. Their work overall seeks to braid poetry, ʻIke Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian epistemologies), and hana noʻeau (art - Hawaiian and modern) breaking Western notions of genre and creating a vast ʻupena (net) to which we are all connected.