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Shame on those who try to discredit the deep cultural values of the kanaka maoli.  Some of whom have never bothered to think deeply about the sacred and intrinsic links between sky, land and sea that are the spiritual basis of many Polynesians.  I stand with the opposition to prevent further desecration to Mauna Kea.  

to ‘outou hoa e taata ma'ohi,

lisa hinano rey

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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. 

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A group of Native Hawaiians were arrested today after protesting the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop the Mauna Kea summit.

The group, who deem themselves “protectors” as opposed to “protestors”, stood strong and prevented a convoy of about 15 vehicles from transporting workers up the mountain to the construction site. They declared their disapproval of the project peacefully and with aloha (love). Hawaiʻi County police officers were at the event and arrested those who did not disperse after being told they must leave. The officers, some of whom were Native Hawaiian, showed sympathy and sensitivity when arresting protectors.

Some believe that the telescope, which is estimated to cost $1.4 billion, will desecrate the peak.

In October 2014, a group of protectors interrupted the ground-breaking ceremony for the project.

Keep yourself informed, please. Here’s what you can do:

  • Read more about the Thirty Meter Telescope here.
  • Watch video of the arrests from today.
  • Watch a short clip called “Sacred Mountain” and why this is significant to Hawaiians.
  • Sign the petition to stop further development and stop the University of Hawaiʻi’s lease renewal for Mauna Kea’s public lands.
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Montgomery Ernest Thomas Kaluhiʻokalani (born March 30'th, 1959 - died November 2'nd, 2013) died from lung cancer. Known mostly as Buttons, he was a Hawaiian surfing legend who lived on the North Shore of Oʻahu and is well known throughout Hawaiʻi for being an amazing surf instructor and a great family man. Rest in Paradise uncle.. Ā HUI HOU!! 

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Hawaiʻi native and Hollywood actor Jason Momoa joined the “Protect Mauna Kea” movement in Hawaiʻi this weekend.

“Proud to be kanaka maoli,” he said in one of his photos. “I will do everything in my mana to protect Mauna Kea.”

View more of Momoaʻs pictures on Instagram here.

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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. 

“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.”

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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. 

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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)