Hawaii - The Aloha State or the Oppression State?




This is the first in a series of articles I hope to present to you with the help of an amazing woman -- Maggie Connor.

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If her name sounds familiar, it's because she's a former member of our US Olympic ski team.  She's a caring, spiritual woman who's opened my eyes about a huge injustice that deserves our attention and voice.  It's the preservation of the Native Hawaiian culture.  It's about restoring a proud people's respect and regaining their promised freedom.

Upon his deathbed,  King Kamehameha, the unifier of the Hawaiian islands uttered to his son, "E ho‘okanaka." Be a person of worth.

Today, 200 years later, that is the Hawaiian motto.

Who among us hasn't dreamed of a pilgrimage to our 50th state, drinking up our tropical paradise of the breathtaking islands?  They have everything from snow on their mountain tops to flowing lava spewing down to their sandy shores.  And nothing is more idyllic than the flora of their dense rain forests.  It's what technicolor dreams are made of.

It is, unless you’re Native Hawaiian – one of the indigenous peoples of the Paradise Islands.  God help you if you are, because the United States has turned their back on these marvelous people.  We've grabbed their lands.  Taken their possessions.  Defaced their holy and consecrated grounds.  We've imprisoned their people.  We've denied them access to their ancestors.  We've broken our promises. We've legislated against their freedoms.

Please, "E ho‘okanaka.”  Be a person of worth.  At least listen to the Native Hawaiian cause, and if you are so inclined, add your voice to the OHA, the office of Hawaiian Affairs.  They are just a click away: www.OHA.org

  • Maggie Connor

    ...and a lovely place it is...where do you live now Judi?

  • judi

    My birth state......

  • David G

    Thanks for helping shed even more light on this issue... And to know there's other people who feel so strongly about seeing right and justice reinstated on those who have seen it wane or be taken away, is a delight. I hope, in follow-ups, I'll be able to generate interest by those who don't realize the essence that is being challenged. Kavika, aka DG

  • Maggie Connor

    Aloha Kawika,
    Mahalo for highlighting the continued struggles of Hawaii's kanaka maoli.
    While OHA is a solution for some, they do not help ALL Hawaiians. They do have a fiduciary responsibility to "better the conditions of all Hawaiians". check out http://www.state.hi.us/auditor/Overviews/2001/01-06.htm

    All wealth, all life comes from the land. Without land, there is no life. (and I am not talking real estate - the western mindset way). It is the belief of my hanai Papa, the late great Arthur Mitchell Mahi, direct descendant of King Kamehameha I, that 'We The People' must come together as one people, one voice with the right for self-determination, self governance.
    The precedence is set in the law books (Hawaiian and US). The time will come.
    Our ancestors stated we are in a time for all truths to be revealed. Due to the internet, documentaries, increased interest the world over in indigenous cultures and people like you David, Hawaii's story is being told.

    Humbly we ask Our Creator to help us persevere, help us stay true and just, help us carry love and forgiveness in our hearts and minds so that we may all sing in joy in the garden once more.
    Aloha ke akua, malama pono, ame ahui hou,
    Feedback welcome here and at
    http://www.MaggieConnor.com, http://www.TheSecretTraining.com, http://www.HulaIsHawaii.com