Took my lunch break early today at work so I could Kū haʻaheo ma ka Hawai’i state capitol with my cousin. Perks of working in walking distance from here. Saw familiar faces of makua (parents) from my keiki Kula. Also without fail, seen my kumu Kalani which was just like back in my intermediate and high school days marching to the capitol fighting for our ‘āina, bills to be passed and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi to be included in our schools.🙌🏽 . . . . . #kūhaʻaheo #hawaiiancharterschool #halaulokahi #hālaulōkahi #ʻaʻoletmt #kūkiaʻimauna #hawaiilife #nonākeiki
It’s not always about the “why” or “why not”. Sometimes you just gotta do what’s right. For so long natives all over the world have been done wrong. Sometimes you just gotta stand in agreement that we as a people don’t agree with our government on this situation. It doesn’t mean everything we do is correct, or everything they do is wrong. It means that in this situation we as a people stand against it. And to be straight up, our voice should matter to these “leaders” of our home. E kū mau 💪🏼
WALTER RITTE | Photo by Shuzo Uemoto (@blindlilikoi) from the book, Lessons of Aloha. 〰️ You may have seen this face yesterday chained to a cattle grate on a road up Mauna Kea. Uncle Walter and his wife Loretta have been at the forefront of land struggle movements since Kaho’olawe in 1970s. 〰️ Walter knows what our kūpuna knew. Right is always right. This is a time to ho’omana, find your “right” by talking to your kūpuna, your ʻaumakua, akua, look to the skies for inspirations old and new. Talk to your neighbors, coworkers, students, allies and enemies, find your place with purpose. And if you feel moved, come and bear witness to a people, a species, finding their way to our “rights.” 〰️ Tuesday, July 16 now - 11am, State Capitol Kou, Honolulu 11:30-2pm, Duke Kahanamoku Statue Kapaemahu, Waikīkī
What does being Hawaiian mean to you? More importantly, what have you done to honor that privilege. The most precious part of our people is our lands. E kū, e kū’ē, e ho’okanaka kākou! 🙌🏽“Resistance is its own reward.” - Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask ✊🏽 #aoletmt #kukiaimauna #notmystate #notmygov #notonmymauna 💯
Back to the capitol dis morn’n to show support for our Lahui & our Mauna a Wakea. Until me & my Ohana are able to stand side-by-side with our brothers & sisters at Mauna Kea we will do our part in what ever capacity that may be. Jus wanna say Aloha, Mahalo & how much I appreciate all my Hoaloha @ryangonzalez @keonilee @keliikotu @kanekoaks @pohaiks @chadtakatsugi @frigginglenn that truly inspire me to try & be a better Hawaiian, but more importantly all the time, effort & Aloha they have for our Lahui. I Love all you guys Our Mauna > Money Our Aloha > Greed & Our Lahui is Forever #kukiaimauna #until_the_last #alohaaina
Do you see the face?! Wow! Another Ho’ailona!! Mahalo brother Kawika Oneha for sharing this picture from yesterday’s Maunakea gathering at the State Capitol! OUR ANCESTORS ARE WITH US!! ✊🏼👊🏼🔺🔺 * #tmtshutdown #aoletmt #kukiaimauna #maunakea #wearemaunakea #hawaii #mana #kapualoha #aloha
Team Pua Ali'i 'Ilima holding it down for the hula brothers and sisters that couldn't make it today ✊🏽
🔺️ Alana 🔺️ Nalia 🔺️ Aria I'm unbelievably proud of these wāhine. Their minds are strong, their hearts are pure! Today, on their own will, with no hesitation, they chose to stand with the rest of Hawai'i to show their aloha to our mauna. Mahalo for possessing such grace and strength, and for being an inspiration to me and many! I love you!
The land does not belong to people, the people belong to the land — a belief that connects the Ilokano culture and the Native Hawaiian culture together. During these times, we should stand in solidarity with Kānaka Maoli and Mauna Kea. Filipinx stand with Mauna a Wākea. When something is sacred, it should be treated with respect, not desecrated. #kukiaimauna #aoleTMT #protectmaunakea #wearemaunakea
In a flash of a moment ...the revolution of #Kapu #aloha came into view. . I hear the whispers, as the Ancestors tell me “just show up...bring your mana”, and so I do. And I took a step back...and there they were, the ones who have watched the fight, know the pain, know the history, and know the language - they will not back down or take no for an answer. . . Today I seen the new consciousness, emerging from the pain and confusion from their ancestors and grandparents and parents - all going down simultaneously on the Mauna...they are equipped with the knowledge of the truth and the mana of the language... . . guided by the words of our beloved Queen Lili’uokalani. "I could not turn back the time for political change, but there is still time to save our heritage. You must remember never to cease to act because you fear you may fail." They are Ready. We Are All Ready. #malamaaina #enoughisenough #wearehere #hulithesystem #weareglobal #wearemaunakea #kukiaimauna #NOTMT #savethewater #maunakea #protectmaunakea #sacredmountain #kanaka #activated #hawaii #westandwithmaunakea
We are gonna be ok. I know this because my haumana show me everyday how their generation navigate their identity within academia, because my fellow faculty hold it down, because holding in my arms the longest lei laʻi I have ever touched, I felt the mana of all those who also held this rope of resistance. An aunty guided me & my haumana to give this lei kupaianaha to Liliʻu. We are the lau that hold our lāhui together & we are strong. We are so strong. #kapualoha #wearemaunakea #hawaiianscientists #ourscienceourway #ponoscienceispossible
This week has brought me on a emotional roller coaster journey. I’ve never saw myself engaged in anything political, ever. In fact, I even had a whole story to tell regarding my educational experience with my Kumu @jamaicaosorio this past week and how she expanded my knowledge of Hawai’i Politics and continues to be a great example of Aloha ‘Āina. But about an hour ago I’ve experienced something I’ve never thought I’d ever encounter in my life. As I head to a restaurant with my cousin @noitssiena in downtown O’ahu, a tourist approached me about my shirt (In a calm voice, I politely explained to him what my shirt meant). He immediately interrupted me and started to use aggressive language. He then starts to slander my people by saying that “I'm a f*kn idiot for opposing TMT and that I should tell all my dumb Hawaiians to stop abusing the government such as welfare and get a real job cause we're a bunch of slums". As I walked away he kept swearing at me. This broke my heart! I didn’t even want to eat anymore. I cannot believe that RACISM exist in Hawai’i. Hawai’i is a place where I call home, this is my home. For someone who is a visitor to my home, I wish they could understand what my people went through to know why we are fiercely protecting our ancestor's land. As Native Hawaiians, we have a voice and today I choose to use mine. #swipe to the last photo to see what my shirt said. ✊🏽 #protectmaunakea #keephawaiianlandsinhawaiianhands #alohaaina #kukiaimauna #kapualoha #alllovenohate
My heart was heavy all day thinking of today’s outcome at the Mauna ... later my spirit soared as I saw so many of my former haumana full of energy and hope standing strong at the Capitol. I explained to my own keiki that even if we are not at the Mauna, we send our collective mana to stop the desecration because if we don’t, it will never end. Kū Kia’i Mauna!!
Today I stand to fight for my people. Today I stand to educate those who don’t know with aloha. Today I show support to the kia’i who put their lives on the line protecting our sacred Mauna. Today I stand with my fellow lāhui cause if we don’t then who will? Today I scream Kū Kia’i Mauna at the very top of my lungs. WE SHOULD BE BUILDING A AHU NOT TMT @moorefound
Mahalo to the kiaʻi who are literally laying down their lives for our ʻāina and our people. Mahalo to our lāhui from all islands who gathered together today to show the state that we are here to stand and to stay. Until the last aloha ʻāina. Onipaʻa kākou✊🏽 #KuKiaiMauna #AoleTMT🚫 #TMTShutdown #EOlaMau