Craig Santos Perez

Battleship Guam

U.S. militarism has turned islands into targets and peoples into weapons: Only a movement for peace will save the Pacific. Read More »

Poems for Fiji after Cyclone Winston

"I dreamt last night / that brown bodies, again, / were under water." Read More »

Poetry for the ʻōhiʻa tree (2)

#ʻōhiʻalove and other poems of strength, sadness and hope Read More »

Poetry for the ʻōhiʻa tree

"Inā ʻaʻole lākou, ʻaʻole kākou" ("If there is no them, there is no us") Read More »

Black eco-poetics The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Pivot and Pathway

The TPP and its corresponding and supporting military "pivot" have been impacting the lives of Pacific peoples for years through military-industrial buildups, the removal of indigenous self-determination, environmental degradation and wealth extraction. Read More »

Nuclear and heliographic poetry The poetry of plastic

Plastic is a normal part of our everyday lives, environments and even bodies; poems about plastic help us to truly see its impact, entanglements and dangers. Read More »

The poetry of extinction

After discussing creation stories last week, we turn to extinction stories this week, another important theme in eco-poetics. Read More »

Creation stories & indigenous eco-poetics

eco-poetics week 6 Read More »

The poetry of disaster

The poetry of disaster can open up a space for solace and solidarity, sympathy and empathy, education and awareness, and to share our trauma and resilience. Read More »

The ocean in us

Week four of Pacific Eco-Poetics focuses on our relationship to the Ocean. Read More »

Waikiki, Raw Sewage, and the Necro-Pastoral

Pacific Eco-Poetics Week 3: The necro-pastoral aims to make us look at death, sin, evil, fear and destruction so that we might consider our mortality, morality and ethics. Read More »

Pacific Eco-Poetics week 2: solastalgia

In these poems, the natural world is longed for because of its association with home, innocence, family, peace, sustenance and nurturance. Read More »

Intro to Pacific Eco-Poetics

The Hawaii Independent is pleased to present a series exploring eco-poetics and eco-criticism, featuring poems, reflections and critiques about the environment, climate change and more. Read More »

Private islands, super-yachts and Marine Protected Areas

How Marine Protected Areas have given rise to a surge of profit-seeking Eco-tourism investments. Read More »

Blue-washing the colonization and militarization of Our Ocean

How U.S. Marine National Monuments protect environmentally harmful U.S. military bases throughout the Pacific and the world. Read More »