I am so over people thinking that Leis look like this: 

A lei takes hard time and vigorous work. We (Hawaiians) wake up at the crack of dawn to gather whats needed to make the lei that we want. It can take hours or days to make the leis and Hawaiian’s make leis with only good intentions and love because they believe that if you make a lei with malicious intent it will come out into the lei. There is many different ways to make leis and we also make leis from shells and feathers. It isn’t only Hawai'i that makes leis but throughout Polynesia fellow Polynesians make leis in their own style. 

To call the above image a lei is disrespectful to my culture and I want that shit to stop. That isn’t a lei, the images in the photoset are leis. 


Kanaka Maoli, Tino Rangatiratanga, and the Australian Aboriginal flag representing the people of Hawaiʻi, Aotearoa, and Australia’s fight for the right to exist in our ancestral homelands. 

“Aquaman is especially cool,” says Momoa, “because, being a Kanaka Maoli—being Hawaiian—our Gods are Kanaloa and Maui, and the Earth is 71 percent water, so I get to represent that. And I’m someone who gets to represent all the islanders, not some blond-haired superhero. It’s cool that there’s a brown-skinned superhero.”



I’m nb trans, and aporogender more specifically. Being fat and having big boobs in addition to dressing the way I want essentially means that I never pass in any situation. I have been told to just loose weight or bind so that some people will be more willing to respect my identity. I want my body to stay the way it is. Bodies don’t have gender identities, people do. Clothes don’t have gender identities, people do. My gender identity is valid regardless of what I look like or how I dress. Sorry, not sorry for being someone who takes more conscious effort to respect, the way I am and acknowledging that has been the defining thing that keeps me from ending my life.


white/white-passing trans folx: can we please share more tpoc and especially dark trans black women? Also let’s not fetishize them. Let’s not talk about how attractive they are to us. They don’t exist for us to have something beautiful to behold.

Nonfat trans folx: please represent fat trans folx. Not just cute fat or sporty fat. Like actually go through the tags and rep all fat trans folx.

Able bodied trans folx: let us represent any disabled/mobility challenged trans folx. They are fucking valid and rarely if ever get representation. Also let’s not talk about what inspirations they are. Their life struggles are not there to make you feel better.

Financially stable trans folx: We need to represent poor trans folx. Money gives us access to soooo much that can help alleviate some of our pain or at least make it somewhat easier to manage.

TLDR: trans folx, represent other trans folx that are marginalized in ways you aren’t. While trans representation is abysmal enough, trans folx who are white and thin and able bodied and have financial stability are the vast majority of the kind of representation our community does get. Let’s do better.

*I definitely didn’t mention all the different levels of marginalization or marginalized identities within the trans community. Feel free to add to this, correct any mistakes I have made, etc.

** for those trans folx who are not wanting or not able to participate, you are in my thoughts today. You are not alone.

***I will go through the tag as much as I can, but also feel free to submit or tag me in things to make sure I reblog them.


Waimanalo Eviction - TRAILER

Out with the old, in with the new, right? This is why I will NEVER be American. Not when my people get treated like shit in order to cater to foreigners. 


Slavery in Australia

Starting from the 19th century Kanakas ( a now derogatory term for South Sea Islanders) were brought to Australia to work on sugar plantations. The majority were kidnapped or brought to Australia under false pretenses. Upon arrival they were subject to back breaking labour. Mortality rates reached as high as 10%, many dying from inadequate clothing in winter as well as diseases like dysentery and typhoid. Some were brutally attacked and murdered by white labourers who saw the slaves as threats to their own wages and working conditions. In addition there were widespread  accounts of slave owners branding the labourers like cattle.

After federation many were repatriated as a result of the White Australia policy though some remained, either remaining illegally or given exemptions. It is estimated some 20,000 of their descendants now live in Australia, many populating coastal towns of QLD and NSW. (X)(X)(X)

Hawai'i and Native Hawaiians - What You May Not Know
The relationship between the United States, the State of Hawai'i, and Native Hawaiians is a complicated one that many people may not understand. Also, watch a video tribute to Queen Lili'uokalani.

A few facts on Hawai’i and its people:

  • Hawaiians are not named for the state (think Californians, New Yorkers, Texans, and so forth). Unlike the aforementioned groups of people, the state of Hawai'i is actually named for the people, and not vice versa.

  • The Hawaiian language was banned at one point. Children were punished in school for speaking Hawaiian and those who spoke Hawaiian in the home were looked down on.

  • Native Hawaiians, are also known as kanaka maoli

  • Hawai'i (the collection of islands) had formed an independent and soveriegn nation and traded

  • On January 17, 1893, an illegal overthrow of Hawai’i’s government took place.

  • European visitors were reportedly astounded that in Hawai’i, the common man was taught the same sorts of things that only European elite of the time were entitled to learn.

  • Native Hawaiians are rebuilding their culture

  • In 1987, instruction in the Native Hawaiian language began again in public schools. Today there are 21 public Hawaiian immersion schools in the state of Hawai'i. Students are of diverse races who choose to be educated in all subjects in the Hawaiian language.

  • Native Hawaiians continue their quest to regain self-governance in some form, and rightful compensation for the illegal overthrow and a nation lost.
My ancestors were brainwashed to be ashamed of being Kanaka Maoli. They were brainwashed into thinking our religion was pagan and demonic, so they stopped worshiping our nā Atua. Now we worship a god that is against homosexuality. They were brainwashed into thinking the tapu system was unnecessary, so they torn down nā heiau. Now we build over and pollute our land. They were brainwashed into thinking our traditional clothing was sinful and useless, so they dressed and imitated white people. Now we wear ‘aloha shirts’ on ceremonial occasions. They were brainwashed to stop farming, hunting and using the land, so they stopped growing taro and catching fish. Now we eat fatty McDonalds and are overweight. They were brainwashed into thinking Hawaiian/Polynesian features were ugly, so they intermarried. Now we are part-this and part-that. They were brainwashed into thinking Hawaiian language was useless and had no place in the future, so they stopped passing it down. Now we mostly speak Pidgin. They were brainwashed into thinking our Islands are part of America, so they pledged allegiance. Now we believe we’re American and aren’t educated of what happened on January 17'th, 1893… However unlike the 2-3 generations before Me.. I am NOT ashamed to be a young Kanaka Maoli. I know what I am and where I come from. You can bet my children will know too.
—  kanakaknowledge

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