Posts Tagged ‘video’

He Hawaii au – Keoni ‘Olohana

June 20th, 2009

Keoni ‘Olohana was one of the ali’i who unified the Hawaiian Islands with Kamehameha the Great. As a close advisor to the King, he was appointed as the governor of the Big Island, and today his body lies in Mauna ʻAla, the Royal Mausoleum. His son was the Kuhina Nui to King Kamehameha the third, and his grand daughter was the beloved Queen Emma.

But the Akaka Bill will not recognize Keoni as Hawaiian. Keoni, regardless of his rank, stature or accomplishments would not be allowed a place in the Akaka Bill’s new government.

Keoni used to be called John Young, and his ancestors came from England. Although he and his family were instrumental in the creation of the Kingdom of Hawaii, the Akaka Bill would reject him simply on the basis of his bloodline.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Keoni 'Olohana - MP3 (1.4 MiB, 3,259 hits)

He Hawaii au – Not enough (1)

June 20th, 2009

Father Damien came to Hawai’i on March 19, 1864. Knowing full well the dangers of leprosy, he still asked to be assigned to minister to the lepers on Molokai.

Father Damien arrived at Kalaupapa on May 10, 1873. For years he worked among the lepers, until he himself contracted the disease and died on April 15, 1889. By any measure, Father Damien was a Hawaiian hero.

But not according to the Akaka Bill. Since Father Damien was from Belgium, the Akaka Bill would not consider him “Hawaiian.” Despite all of his works, and all of his sacrifice for the most needy people of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, the Akaka Bill would tell Father Damien he could not be a part of the new “Hawaiian” Government.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Not enough (1) - MP3 (1.4 MiB, 3,342 hits)

He Hawaii au – Hanai

February 20th, 2009

Kamakakehau Fernandez was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was adopted by Robyn Nae’ole, and raised on Maui. He grew up speaking Hawaiian, in a Hawaiian family, steeped in Hawaiian culture. He is today a talented artist, carrying on the tradition of Hawaiian language music. There can be no doubt that Kamaka’s heart and soul are tied to the Hawaiian Islands.

But the Akaka Bill won’t consider Kamaka Hawaiian, even though Hawai’i is the only homeland he has ever known. Kamaka is African-American by blood, and according to the Akaka Bill, Kamaka’s language, culture, and family do not matter. The Akaka Bill does not recognize the tradition of hanai, and will not allow Kamaka to carry on the legacy of his native Hawaiian mother, simply because of his race.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Hanai - MP3 (unknown, 2,501 hits)

He Hawaii au – Indigenous

February 20th, 2009

Many hundreds of years ago, the first Polynesian colonists arrived in the Hawaiian Islands. Over time, they developed a unique society and culture distinct from their original homelands.

After contact with the Western world in 1778, the Kingdom of Hawai’i developed as a multi-racial society, declaring that all people were “of one blood” in their first constitution in 1840. Hundreds of years later, Hawai’i has once again developed a unique society and culture distinct from its origins.

The Akaka Bill will only recognize one racial group out of the many that comprise our unique Hawaiian society and culture today as “indigenous.” The Akaka Bill will tell people who have no other homeland in the world that they cannot have equal rights in Hawai’i, simply because of their race.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Indigenous - MP3 (unknown, 2,317 hits)

He Hawaii au – Colorblind OHA

February 20th, 2009

Under the United States Constitution, we are all entitled to equal protection under the law, no matter what our race is. When the State of Hawaii only allowed Native Hawaiians to vote for OHA Trustees, it was violating the constitution.

Akaka Bill supporters believe that by pretending that Native Hawaiians are a tribe, they can ignore the constitution.

Every Native Hawaiian only program would be just as worthwhile if it did not discriminate by race. A Japanese child can learn to speak Hawaiian. A Portuguese man can run a taro farm. A Chinese woman can require help with diabetes.

Helping individuals in need, regardless of their race, is the only way to cure our social ills. Judging people by their blood and assigning resources based on race only makes things worse.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Colorblind OHA - MP3 (unknown, 2,421 hits)

He Hawaii au – New government

February 20th, 2009

Everyone is subject to the laws of the local, state and federal governments. Our taxes pay for government and the public services they provide. Each tax dollar is precious, and we strive to use that money to directly benefit the public which paid it.

The Akaka Bill will create a new government, with more overhead, which will affect everyone in the State of Hawai’i. The Akaka Bill government will not be directly accountable to the general public, but only to those defined as “Hawaiian” by race.

One third of the “Hawaiians” identified by the Akaka Bill do not live in Hawai’i today, and may have never lived there before. These people, simply because of their race, will lay claim to lands and resources which should be for the benefit of the entire public of Hawai’i.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - New government - MP3 (unknown, 2,386 hits)

He Hawaii au – Hawaiian enough?

February 20th, 2009

The Hawaiian Homelands set up in 1921 were for “Native Hawaiians” who were at least one half Native Hawaiian. If you did not have the right amount of ancestry, you were not “Hawaiian” enough.

The Akaka Bill is going to let nine “experts” decide who is, and isn’t “Hawaiian” enough to be in the new tribe. Even if you sign up for Kau Inoa, you may not be “Hawaiian” according to these nine “experts.”

And even if these nine “experts” decide you are “Hawaiian” enough, the new tribal leadership can “disenroll” you from the tribe later on. Even if you are pure Native Hawaiian, descended from King Kamehameha the Great himself, the Akaka Bill provides no protections for you.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Hawaiian enough? - MP3 (unknown, 2,439 hits)

He Hawaii au – Not enough (2)

February 20th, 2009

Mau Piailug is from the island of Satawal. A master navigator, he taught his craft to the sailors of the Hokule’a, bringing celestial navigation back to the Hawaiian Islands for the first time in hundreds of years.

Through his works, the Hawaiian Renaissance made some of its greatest leaps, bringing a sense of pride and accomplishment to all of Hawai’i.

But that doesn’t matter according to the Akaka Bill. Since Mau cannot trace his ancestry to people in the Hawaiian Islands before 1778, no matter how instrumental he was in the recovery of Hawaiian culture, he can never be considered “Hawaiian.”

The Akaka bill will tell Mau Piailug, and all other Micronesians in Hawai’i, that they cannot have the same rights as the Native Hawaiians he taught to navigate by the stars.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Not enough (2) - MP3 (unknown, 2,462 hits)

He Hawaii au – The next haole

February 20th, 2009

Portuguese. Chinese. Filipino. Japanese. Native Hawaiian. European.

People of every background built the Kingdom of Hawai’i and the State of Hawai’i.

Local Hawaiians come from all backgrounds, most of us so kapakahi you cannot tell our ancestors just by looking.

But things are going to change. The Akaka Bill is going to find out who is really “Hawaiian.” The Akaka Bill is going to find out who can call Hawai’i their homeland, and who cannot.

The Akaka Bill is going to tell people who have never even been to Hawai’i that they have special rights to our Islands, simply because of their race. The Akaka bill is going to tell families that have lived and died in Hawai’i for over 200 years that they cannot share in these rights.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - The next haole - MP3 (unknown, 2,259 hits)

He Hawaii au – Mr. President

February 20th, 2009

Aloha Mr. President,

As a person of mixed race, you know about the struggle of human identity.
Imagine for a moment that your mother was Native Hawaiian.  Imagine telling your father that he could not enjoy the same “rights” as you and your mother.

This is what the Akaka Bill does.  A group of “experts” will decide who gets what “rights” in Hawai’i simply by race.

Please, Mr. President, tell the Akaka Bill supporters that we are “One America,” and that we should all live under “One Law.”  Tell the Akaka Bill supporters that the Kingdom of Hawai’i was always a multiracial nation, and that we will not dishonor that noble heritage by separating people by race.

You can move us away from division and towards conciliation with a single, moving speech opposing race-based privileges.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau.  I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Mr. President - MP3 (unknown, 2,193 hits)