Pūpūkahi I Holomua.

We must unite in order to progress.

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From a Native Daughter: “in our way of speaking, land is inherent to the people; it is like our bodies and our parents”

Haunani-Kay Trask’s book, “From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaiʻi” is a must read.

Sacred Mauna Kea

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“This is how private property land tenure entered Hawai’i. The common people, driven from their birthright, received less than one percent of the land. They starved, while huge haole-owned sugar plantations thrived.

And what had the historians said? They had said that the Americans “liberated” the Hawaiians from an oppressive “feudal” system. By inventing a feudal past, the historians justify – and become complicituous in – massive American theft.

Is there “evidence” –  as historians call it – for traditional Hawaiian concepts of land use? The evidence is in the sayings of my people and in the words they wrote more than a century ago, much of which has been translated. Historians however, have chosen to ignore any references here to shared land use. But there is incontrevertible evidence in the very structure of the Hawaiian language. If the historians had bothered to learn our language (as any…

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“Earth Day”, in honor of My Island Mother, The Goddess Hina.

She blesses us…

She nourishes us…

She loves us…

For she has given one of the greatest gifts of all, Roots!

In honor of Earth Day, which should be celebrated everyday through our actions, I want to honor My Island creation Mother who has given me everything I have today. In remembering my Roots and where I come from, I cannot forget the Mother who created all that is around me and in me, Hina.

Although I am new to understanding My Island Mother, I have always known who created the roots I step on everyday. I am eager to learn more about and from the My Island Goddess Hina.

Thank those around you, present, past and future. Thank those within you, present, past and future. And always give thanks to Mother Earth.

“He aliʻi ka ʻāina; He kauā ke kanaka”, “The Land is a chief; man is its servant.” – Mary Kawena Pukui, ʻŌlelo Noʻeau

#HappyEarthDay

Picture: My Island View

“Studying”

I’m currently doing policy analysis of the indigenous population of Hawaiʻi. More specifically I’m doing policy analysis on “Houseless Native Hawaiians”. Yeah, usually people will say someone without a home is “homeless”, but for Native Hawaiians, why would we be called HOMELESS in our own HOME LANDS?

Native Hawaiians are from this Earth, from this Soil, from these Roots of Hawaiʻi! Native Hawaiians who are without shelter are not homeless, they are Houseless.

But in writing this blog, what I really wanted to share was how I am “studying”. Lol! I’m “doing” policy analysis, but unfortunately I can’t stay on it. I’m one of those college students who just can’t get it together right now. :/ I love policy, but I’m allowing myself to be distracted. Ugh!

Who else got finals coming up?

Picture: Views of “Studying”

10 things a clueless eater can do: Guest post by ‘The Deepest Roots’ author Kathleen Alcalá

Kathleen Alcalá is a Bainbridge Island writer who has long been one of the Pacific Northwest’s most powerful voices in fiction, essays, and memoir. Her most recent book, The Deepest Roots: Fi…

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Picture: A group of students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Today’s Quote: “Don’t let your failures define you – let them teach you.” ~ Barack Obama

Where are you at right now? Not in life, I mean, where are you at right now, today? Where are you physically at? Mentally? Emotionally? Spiritually? How do you feel today?

It’s Friday! Whether you are almost about to start your weekend, or going to still be working this weekend…take a step back and think of Where you are at right now?

Reflect about your today and remember, that whatever you feel you are “failing” or have “failed”, what have you learned from the experience? What have you taken from you experience?

Reflect.

Picture: The view of Lēʻahi (Diamond Head) from the Queen Liliʻuokalani Center for Student Services at UH Mānoa.

First blog post

This is my very first blog post. For the longest time, I’ve always wanted to create my own blog site, but unfortunately, I felt I had no time. Now that I am finishing up my grad school, I’m ready to start writing and focusing on this blog. I’m very passionate about things happening in our world today, yesterday, tomorrow: past, present and future. I’m still getting used to this blog website builder, but very excited to start posting and organizing. Look forward to my future posts.