If you have been to Hawaii and during your stay there went beyond Waikiki and ventured deeper then “The Polynesian Cultural Centre”…… looking to more then a Honolulu afternoon Hula Show, then perhaps you noticed something?
Hawaii is a holiday destination in the hearts and minds of people the world over, before it is even considered to be native land, with a history that beckons to be told and injustices that scream in silence to be heard! The story of Hawaii is an epic tale, but it is a modern American/global predicament!
Hawaiians are Hawaiian and they do not wish to be perceived in any other way, Polynesian stewards of a chain of islands that were settled some C.1600 hundred years ago. Far from being the 50th state of America, they, the Hawaiian people wish, but further more demand, that they be a people of their own land, a people of self determination, a Hawaiian nation with Hawaiian law and Hawaiian sovereignty!
the Native Hawaiian people wish to preserve, develop, and transmit to future generations of Native Hawaiians their lands and Native Hawaiian political and cultural identity in accordance with their traditions, beliefs, customs and practices, language, and social and political institutions, to control and manage their own lands, including ceded lands, and to achieve greater self-determination over their own affairs” Life is in the land and by controlling land, you effectively control the people who live upon the land. Ownership and entitlements of land are synonymous with independence and freedom, the ability to make long lasting decisions for ones own life or the lives of their people.
Hawaiian and American political activities are mounting and the political and cultural landscape of Hawaii’s future for Hawaiians remains uncertain for the most part, what is required is eternal vigilance as the intentions of Washington remain stagnant toward Hawaiian people and their claims!
I do not like to speak pessimistically, though i do not wish to have my head in the sand either, the realities that beset Hawaiian people (like other indigenous groups with in their own lands, the world over) are huge and their struggle will have to be taken up by the generations of Hawaiians yet born and therefore it is a long term engagement of passion against arrogance, economics and a facade, a facade that has been sold to the world for over a hundred years, one that parodies Hawaiians and makes belittling connections to pineapple pizza toppings and docile ukulele playing islanders in a Polynesian pantomime.
We who are not Hawaiian or respectfully, what ever indigenous people we find ourselves within? Need to be mindful and sensitive to the ever growing realities that confront these peoples and the histories they still inhabit!
For it seems today, with the bombardment of the individual through consumer advertising and marketing strategists directing their manipulative intents at the individual, that the self is thought of first before the individual even considers their neighbour(s). Self is elevated and the pursuit of gratification becomes paramount, albeit temporal, it is still pursued as if life it’s self. Within this modern illusion we can not see beyond immediate desire and cannot even recognize the harm it brings to our society and the control it exacts on our own lives! Albert Einstein was quoted as saying “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.” For if we truly did see with our own eyes and feel with our own hearts we would would look beyond ourselves and whilst on Holiday in Hawaii see beyond the cocktails, stage shows and Waikiki sunsets to a Hawaiian reality, a reality that begs to not go unnoticed!
AN UPDATE : 14th October 2008.
ALOHA MAI KAKOU! WELCOME IF YOU’RE VISITING FREEHAWAII.INFO FOR THE FIRST TIME!
Free Hawai`i means returning the Hawaiian Islands back to an independent nation status, as it was before it was illegally overthrown by US marines and rich sugar barons in 1893.
In 1993, President Clinton formally apologized for that act and publicly acknowledged the illegality of the overthrow.
DID YOU KNOW –
98% of all Hawaiians living at the time opposed the illegal overthrow!
Today, less than 20% of all land in Hawai`i is in Hawaiian hands.
Over 60% today is in non-Hawaiian hands!
A few individuals, who are non-Hawaiian, lease an amount of land in Hawai`i that is greater than all land leased to all Native Hawaiians!
Currently, only 72 landowners control 95% of all land in Hawai`i.
Native Hawaiians make up the largest percentage of homeless in Hawai`i today.
Native Hawaiians have the worst social, educational and economic indicators compared to any ethnic group in the US.
Native Hawaiians currently have the worst health profile compared to any ethnic group in the US.
Descendants of the Hawaiian Nation want their country and land back so they can grow their own foods, become healthy once again, and control their own destiny.
Hawai`i Was A Free Nation – But Never Free For The Taking!