E Aloha Mai Kakou,
For the past 15 years I’ve been doing a vigil at Iolani Palace. Twice a year… Jan 17th and July 4th. This is an open invitation to come and join us this weekend, July 4th and 5th.
There is no question that the need for true unity is of the utmost importance, especially with all the hewa surrounding us…Mauna Kea..Haleakala..Hoopili..Kualoa..Pohakuloa,…Rail…Military Build up..
We have to put our heads together and bring all of these things to a head by chopping the legs they stand on….No Annexation..No Treaty…No Land deeds…no Kuleana.
Please come and join us…let’s explore the many ways we can prepare to ACT in unison and how each island can support the others. This is the time…
E Iho Ana O Luna..
E Pii Ana O Lalo
E Hui Ana Na Moku..
E Ku Ana Ka Paia
Imua Ka Lahui Hawaii..
Thompson talks of the dark days of native Hawaiian culture, and its resurgence, and Bourdain gives a decent 30-second history lesson running from the arrival of Westerners through the overthrow and World War II, from the plantation era to modern times. Today’s Hawaii is both very “Main Street USA,” and yet “has the nicest elements of the third world.”
And more than once, the shocking possibility that Hawaii may not always be dripping with aloha for its visitors is explored.
“It’s not a particularly welcoming or friendly part of the world, contrary to the aloha myth,” Bourdain tells Theroux. Theroux replies: “But no island is… did anyone ever come to an island with a good intention?”
Bourdain and his crew even goes as far as to test whether Molokai is as unfriendly as he’s been told. There he is welcomed, fed, and educated by Hanohano Naehu, keeper of the Keawanui fish pond, Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte, and friends. Over squid luau and fresh poi, they discuss Hawaiian history and sustainability.
June 9, 2015
Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.
The past 3 weeks back in the islands has been amazing. The advances made in Geneva and New York are more than matched here at home by the growing enthusiasm for restoring our nation. The vision for a Free Hawaii based on the principles of Kapu Aloha is coming more clearly into focus.
Ku Kia’i Mauna
Mahalo for those protecting Mauna a Wakea. Your Ku’e and living examples of Aloha are breaking through many barriers, especially those among our own people. Your Ku’e on all fronts is exposing—big time—the games being played by the different “players” (the state, the university, the foreign countries, the corporations, the scientific institutions). Even when they talk aloha ‘aina, their true motive? Money. OHA it turns out just wanted a cut of the action.
If you get a chance, go see the movie, “Aloha” (starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone). It has some good scenes that should pique people’s interest in our movement. Bumpy does a great job. Don’t worry about them calling Bumpy “king.” What the movie does in a very matter-of-fact way, is confront people with a different reality about Hawaii…that Hawaii is still a sovereign nation and that we are a people working to restore our nation. I’m not concerned about the title. The term “Aloha” has endured much greater abuse than this and has still emerged pure and kapu in the minds and hearts of people all over the world.
Briefings on recent UN breakthrough
I will be giving two talks that are open to the public to attend: 1) on Kauai Thursday, June 11 and 2) on Oahu, June 12. The talks will be on recent gains made at the international level toward asserting the sovereignty of our nation. (see attached flyers)
Next week, I will be headed for New York and Geneva again to continue lobbying countries and building support for Hawaiian independence.
While controversy over the film’s title and racial aspects of casting have overshadowed other aspects of the movie, Bumpy notes the “megaphone platform Crowe had afforded the Hawaiian rights movement.”
Crowe gave Kanahele room within the script to mention the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom in 1893.
“My time with Bumpy made me want to reference his struggle,” Crowe said in his email.
In Aloha, Kanahele wears his own shirt, which reads “Hawaiian by birth” on the front, and “American by force” on the back.
For Kanahele, the shirt means that to avoid violence, Hawaiians have to accept — to an extent — the past: “We are forced to do the things we don’t want to do for the sake of peace.”
That said, he’s proud of Aloha, “because we can say we are under military occupation — and that’s the truth.”
In the midst of seeking some entertainment and thinking whatever else they think about the movie, millions of people will hear these truths about Hawai‘i, thanks to Bumpy and Cameron.
HILO, Hawaii – The Hawaii County Council Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development took up a rare discussion on Hawaiian sovereignty in Hilo on Tuesday. Puna Councilman Danny Paleka introduced a resolution requesting the Hawaii state legislature designate July 31st as Lā Ho‘iho‘i Ea, recognizing the day independence was restored to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1843 following a taking by the British Royal Navy.
From the “whereas” section of Resolution 185-15:
WHEREAS, La Ho‘iho‘i Ea translates to Restoration Day, which marks the day that independence was restored to the Hawaiian Kingdom on July 31, 1843, after being seized and forcefully taken by Lord George Paulet, a captain of the British Royal Navy’s HMS Carysfort; and
WHEREAS, July 31 commemorates the day that Admiral Richard Darton Thomas of the British Royal Navy ordered the Union Jack (Union Flag) to be removed and replaced with the Hawaiian flag, ending over five months of unauthorized military occupation; and
WHEREAS, the County of Hawai‘i recognizes that there is a need to honor, support, and cherish this significant day in Hawai‘i’s history; and
WHEREAS, Chapter 8, Holidays, of the Hawai‘i Revised Statutes designates certain days for the purpose of celebration, honor, remembrance, public education, and awareness; and
WHEREAS, July 31 should be known and designated as “La Ho‘iho‘i Ea” in recognition of the day independence was restored to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, provided this day is not and shall not be construed to be a State holiday; now, therefore,
The measure drew lots of testimony from subjects of the Hawaiian Kingdom. The discussion also hit home for some councilmembers who have deep roots on the island.
The entire council voted to pass the resolution, which will go to the full council for a vote in the next few weeks.
[Note: I know Ed Rampell from back in the Ohana Council days, and with his knowledge of Hawaii film history (having written multiple books on the subject, as noted in the mini-bio at the bottom) and being familiar with Hawaiian independence movement for almost three decades, he is uniquely suited to offer a meaningful review of theme ‘Aloha’ related specifically to the role Bumpy and the movement plays in the movie. Here’s his review…]
A lynch mob is attacking writer/director Cameron Crowe’s new movie Aloha, which opened May 29. The 2014 leaking of confidential messages after Sony Pictures Entertainment executives’ email accounts were hacked (allegedly by North Koreans angered by The Interview) revealed critical comments of Aloha by anxious execs. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans observed that Aloha‘s cast is too white for a movie shot in Hawaii, where Caucasians are a minority. The 50th state’s film commissioner complained Aloha‘s title misappropriated the spiritual meaning of that word, which translates as “love,” “hello” and “farewell.” Even panelists on Fox News’ “The Five” – a program specializing in aggressive imbecility- debated Aloha.
Introducing a May 26 advance screening at a Los Angeles theater, Crowe seemed to dismiss his detractors, pithily saying, “Lots has been heard from people who have never seen the movie.” In any case, the most controversial thing about Aloha may be Crowe’s casting of Hawaiian independence leader Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele. Despite the typical Hollywood disclaimer during the closing credits about the motion picture’s characters being fictitious, Kanahele is very much a real person and the non-actor plays an onscreen version of himself bearing the same name.
Chad Blair has a ranging review of ‘Aloha’ movie in Civil Beat, which includes this:
In another scene, Hawaiian sovereigntist Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele — who plays Hawaiian sovereigntist Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele — is looking up at the sky from his Waimanalo compound during a downpour.
Bumpy is actually one of the best things about “Aloha.” He has a natural screen presence, and he wears a black T-shirt that reads “Hawaiian by Birth” on the front and “American by Force” on the back.
That’s another worthwhile thing about “Aloha.” While it never goes too deep, those who do venture to see the film will learn more about the Hawaiian independence movement than they could possibly have anticipated. I wonder what the Hawaii Tourism Authority might have to say about all those upside-down Hawaiian state flags in the film.
Crowe also deserves kudos for trying to at least illustrate Hawaii’s critical role in the military-industrial complex, one that extends beyond our atmosphere. Oahu is one of the most militarized places on Earth — a “footprint in the Pacific,” as is noted in the film — with bases and other facilities on some of the most prime, beautiful real estate. The scenes shot on the Air Force base at Hickam capture some of that.
(By the way, those are upside down Hawaiian Kingdom flags.)