Episode 15: Michael Kaulana Ing on Native Hawaiian Philosophy

Dr. Michael Kaulana Ing

Episode 15: Dr. Michael Kaulana Ing on Native Hawaiian Philosophy

Dr. Michael Kaulana Ing shares with us Hawaiian philosophy as well as what it means to be Kanaka/Hawaiian living away from Hawai’i. He also shares his experiences and knowledge with Philosophy and Religious studies and the need for Indigenous thinking in Philosophy Departments.

Michael Kaulana Ing was raised by the ʻāina (land) of Mānoa on the island of Oʻahu. He currently resides on the land of the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Shawnee where he is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University. He completed his PhD in 2011 at Harvard University, where he studied Chinese thought. More recently, he has been working on ʻike Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian thought) and bringing it into conversation with other philosophical traditions.


Information about Dr. Michael Ing and his publications can be found on his faculty page at Indiana University here:  https://religiousstudies.indiana.edu/about/faculty/ing-michael.html.

Dr. Michael Ing’s article, “Ka Hulikanaka a me Ka Hoʻokūʻonoʻono: Davida Malo and Richard Armstrong on Being Human and Living Well,” can be found in the Journal of World Philosophies here: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/iupjournals/index.php/jwp/article/view/5473.

To learn more about Kanaka/Hawaiian culture, language, and stories, visit https://ulukau.org/.

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