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“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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~~MY (THEY/THEIR) TRANS STORY~

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.

OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS:

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.

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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. 

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

Ke Kai a Kahulumanu. The tsunami, of water perhaps? Of her raging magma perhaps? Eating, burning, and reforming everything in her path. Magma so furious it moved like the over swells of the ocean. #Hawaii #hnmop #hawaiian #kanaka #maoli #hula #island #home #paradise #luckywelivehawaii #hilife #culture #tradition #beauty #olapa #kumu #kumuhula #merriemonarch #mm2105 📷: @manamagazine

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 Lili'uokalani

Rewatching this hurts my heart.

many times in american history, they only briefly acknowledge kanaka history; the consequences of the missionary arrival, how they took advantage of the end of the ahupua'a system, the ILLEGAL annexation.So many things are ignored. They talk about Hawai'i in relation to pearl harbour and they briefly talk about the annexation as part of a greater foreign policy, to expand their navy bases. BUT annexation was not some glorious triumph for democratization or american paternalism; it was if anything opposite, the silencing of kanaka history.