A year after terming out as mayor and losing his bid for a seat on the County Council, former Mayor Alan Arakawa is back in the news and showing that he’s still got it (if by “it” you mean the ability to "needlessly enrage Native Hawaiians"). The former politician, known for such hits as “There’s no such thing as sacred rocks” and “She’s an idiot,” apparently couldn’t resist … [Read more...] about Former Mayor Alan Arakawa ‘Is Asking for the Police Force Over Here to Use Violence,’ Says Kia‘i
A sea of hae Hawai‘i rose over the fields of the War Memorial ballpark Saturday as an estimated 7,000 participants gathered in support of the kia‘i, or protectors of Maunakea. “We’re here because the Mauna has called,” said Kumu Luana Kawa‘a, welcoming the crowd. “This one thing has brought us together in lokahi and we mahalo for that… that we can come together and malama our … [Read more...] about Thousands on Maui Join Kapu Aloha Unity March
The live updates from Mauna Kea have been trickling in all day and I brace myself for the images I might see every time I hit refresh. This latest dispatch, though, as I write on Tuesday afternoon, is peaceful. Hawai‘i Public Radio reporter Ryan Finnerty has tweeted that a checkpoint established by activists (also known as protectors or kia‘i of Mauna Kea) to halt construction … [Read more...] about State Arrests Activists on Mauna Kea: Gov. Ige hopes for “the co-existence of culture and science” but others see the dispute as symbolic of the struggle against colonization
Before he left, our former editor Anthony Pignataro gave me this advice: Follow more people on Twitter. He said he’d been intentionally doing this for the last year or two, following accounts from active Native Hawaiians, people of color, women, and other marginalized voices, and that the diversity of their perspectives influenced his views on a number of issues. I’ve … [Read more...] about Happy Independence Day?
UPDATE: A few hours after this post went up, the Hawaii Judiciary announced that it had recalled the bench warrant against Kaleikoa Ka‘eo. Here's their statement in full: HONOLULU, HI – This morning, Maui District Court Judge Blaine Kobayashi issued an order recalling the bench warrant in State v. Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo, case number 2DCW-17-0002038. Therefore, Mr. Kaeo is not … [Read more...] about UPDATED: Activists plan demonstration in defense of Kaleikoa Ka`eo’s right to speak Hawaiian