Date of Award

Summer 8-1-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Marianna Pavlovskaya

Second Advisor

Mohamed Ibrahim

Academic Program Adviser

Hongmian Gong


This study is an exploration of power structures governing the redevelopment of Honolulu’s Kaka‘ako neighborhood. Through participant observation of three initiatives that utilize creative placemaking as a tool for asserting the right to the city, this thesis offers active strategies of opposition to the commodification of culture by developers.



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