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.