Noenoe Silva (Native Hawaiian) was born on the island of Oahu of Kanaka Maoli descent. She was raised in California but returned to Hawai'i in 1985. She earned a bachelor's degree in Hawaiian language, a master's degree in library and information studies, and her doctorate in political science from the University of Hawai'i.
In 2001 Silva joined the political science department at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa where she is an associate professor. She teaches courses in indigenous politics, and Hawaiian language and culture. Her book Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2004) won the Baldridge Prize for best book in history. (lampbane)