Above photo gallery: Rehearsal on the steps of ʻIolani Palace for the July 4 event -- The Theft of a Nation.
Mahalo nui to Kamehaikana Akau
for filming the memorandum reading.
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Sharing the aloha and historical events of our kūpuna in Tacoma, Washington, Moku Honu. Two Scoops of Aloha by Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association Pacific Northwest Region was a great event. The weather was perfect. Many stopped by to say aloha and exchange hugs and honi. Some shared how discovering their kūpuna last year has impacted their lives. A few new visitors, especially the keiki haumana from Kaleimailelauliʻiliʻi who participated in this year's Merry Monarch. Mahalo nu nui loa to my cousin Roger Britten again who came to kōkua and broaden his manaʻo. Mahalo pauʻole to Franklin R Johnson and Lorna for including us again. ~ Noeleen Caldiera
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Left Photo Gallery: Last night at the ahu on the palace grounds, Jan. 13, we offered hoʻokupu to honor Joseph Nāwahī on his birthday. Then we headed to the Kanaʻina Building to listen to the presentation by Donovan Preza. It was mind-boggling, and I'd already heard his presentation before. Gotta hear it maybe10 times more, lol. I started live-streaming and my phone died. Sorry folks! Think I need to set up another presentation some time soon.
~ Lynette Cruz
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Yesterday, Jan. 13, was Joseph Nāwahī's 176th birthday. Hauʻoli lā hānau to a Hawaiian patriot, a loyalist, an attorney and artist, husband and father, newspaper publisher, writer, founder of Hui Aloha ʻĀina/Hawaiian Patriotic League, and so much more! He was a straight up kind of guy, and smart, too! Ron Williams, Jr brought him to life yesterday in the rear of the parking lot next to Kaumakapili Church, near the area where he lived on Oʻahu. We had an audience of around 35, including members of the different Hui Aloha ʻĀina branches in Honolulu (mahalo, Steven Robello), Hilo (mahalo, Leilani Lindsey Kaapuni), and Ka Lei Maile ʻAlii (da crew: Corey Asano, Kat Brady, Henry Curtis, Emilia Kandagawa, Sylvia Krewson-Reck, Patricia A. Gozemba, Karen Kahn, Catherine Hoyser, Carol Austad, Patrice Petrich, and Robert Swarr). Several teachers from local Hawaiian language immersion schools and from universities in the U.S. joined us -- which was awesome. After the talk, and acting on Ron's encouragement to claim our own historic and cultural spaces, folks proceeded across the street and down the road to where the Nāwahī house actually stood (that area is now the street) and claimed the space with words that acknowledged Nāwahī's presence on this (now modern) landscape. It was very cool. Those who claimed it will never forget they claimed it. At some point, when we begin to dispose of names of places and streets and schools and buildings that honor Americans in our country, we will replace them with names of our own. Our patriots, our heroes, our kūpuna, have waited a long time, long enough. ~ Lynette Cruz
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Always grateful for Kaukaohu Wahilani for MC duties and providing pule to remind us, always, that our work extends into the realm of the unseen. Mahalo to Hank Fergerstrom, who holds down the fort on the palace grounds every year. Who else needs acknowledgment: Nihoa Kimo and ʻOhana for use of the sound system, Emilia Kandagawa for researching the data and preparing the script, Brad Lum for setting the tone by offering oli to center us in the beginning, cast members who were good sports throughout (Henry Curtis, Justin Hill, Patrice Petrich, Ron Jr Williams, Duane Makoa Smith, Christopher Sorrell, Kawika Cruz, Liam Gray, Steven Robello, Jonah Cummings, Mililani Keliihoomalu), support crew (Wayne Kaahanui, Micky Huihui, Shane Kema, Kat Brady, Kahaka Patolo, Inez Zoyla Larson, Kylene Nishida and numerous others who schlepped things to and from the Kanaina bldg.). Big mahalo to the Friends of ʻIolani Palace and their security staff for their ongoing support of these kinds of activities. And lastly, our mahalo to those kūpuna whose presence is always with us and who remind us daily that there is no rest until the work is done. Oh, and not forgetting the ʻohana who presented us with plates of ʻono grinds and water after the event was pau because we (obviously) looked starving, haha! ~ Lyentte Cruz
Below photo gallery: American businessmen and faithless sons of missionaries plotted the illegal taking of the Hawaiian Kingdom government. Lots of booing from the audience and resistance from the actors (who didn't like being cast in the roles of the bad guys, in the first place) who refused to cut up ka hae Hawaii, including a paper likeness of it. Happy that Ron Jr Williams stepped up to the mic with an explanation of what really went down and where the real hae Hawaii now resides (Hawaii "State" Archives). But the symbolic cutting reminds us that there was, indeed, a major loss, and that we are still recovering, albeit wounded and sick and angry, over a century later. We gave folks in the audience a chance to diffuse by reminding everyone that, ultimately, our kūpuna provided us the means to acknowledge that anger and kaumaha and put all that energy to good use -- honor those who have moved on, who left us a legacy of kūʻē. Remember our national heroes and holidays, call out the names of those who have passed! Richard Kekuni Blaisdell, Leandra Wai, Puhipau, Joseph Nāwāhi, James Kaulia, William Punohu White, Dawn Wasson, all the multitude of aloha ʻāina who came before, who lay themselves down on the altar of peace and justice for the sake of the lāhui, for love of country, in remembrance of the Queen. Eō! to those who continue to stand and resist from generation to generation, and to those who brought their keiki to lay offerings at the table, our ahu at ʻIolani Palace. They know that at some future time, these keiki will rise up and take their place at the front lines of resistance until justice prevails and the occupier gets kicked to the curb where "he" belongs.
3 Days of Aloha is headed by Kekukui Foundation in Vancouver, Washington. This was the 16th year that this festival has been presented. The founder, Deva Leinani Aiko Yamashiro recently passed and her two sons have taken the reins to continue her misson of cultural awareness for those who have moved from Hawaiʻi ko pae ʻāina. All day Thursday the focus is on hula workshops and arts and crafts is housed at Clark College. The Kūʻē Petition Continues was fortunate to be one of a select group of vendors at these workshops. Nā kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine and Manu Boyd have been involved for many years.The festival moves to Ester Short Park in the center of Vancouver on Friday and Saturday. There is a hapa haole hula competition on Friday. There were visitors to our booths on all 3 days.
Above photo gallery: Last year on Nov. 11, the Queen's death day, we performed a drama on the front steps of the Palace. It was the 100th anniversary of her passing, and it poured rain. Thunder and lightning announced the Queen's presence. What an awesome event! This year there were just a few of us, the diehards. The ones who try to keep the flame of resistance to U.S. occupation of our homeland burning by honoring our Queen. Sometimes the flame is big, the fire is strong. Sometimes less so. But even though small in number, we are/were committed to remembering the hewa of the U.S. invasion and embracing the Queen because she stood firm in her resistance to it. Nice to see the guys creating floral offerings, too, and adding their mana to the flowers at her feet and the lei in her hands. ~ Lynette Cruz
Friday evening, Nov. 16, was Lorenz Gonschor 's talk about King Kalākaua and his efforts at bringing together a confederacy of Pacific countries and other nations of native (read brown) people at the Kanaʻina Building on the Palace grounds. It was quite good! Before the presentation we met at the steps on the Diamond Head side of the building and were given access to the King's bedroom to do ceremony to honor him on his birthday. Mahalo to Kauluwehiokalani Eli and Emilia Kandagawa for taking the lead on protocols and Kaukaohu for offering mele and oli in honor of our Mōʻī. That was excellent! Then we all headed to the Kanaʻina Building to find a crowd of people waiting in the dark on the steps. Lorenz obviously has draw! It was all good.
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Martha H Noyes' talk last night at the Kanaʻina Building was fascinating! I can't even describe it. Glad Emilia Kandagawa livestreamed it. I'll have to go back and watch, especially the part about hoku ʻula (Antares and Aldebaran). I asked her if there were ceremonies that took place when these two were prominent in the heavens. Yep! I don't know enough about it to speak of it but hopefully she'll add info to this post. ~ Lynette Cruz
Last night, Dec. 2, 2018, Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi sponsored the reenactment titled, "Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi-- the Queen's Women," at the Kanaʻina Building on ʻIolani Palace grounds. Every single performance since we started in 2001 is different. Sometimes we have the same cast and crew, sometimes not. We always have a different audience. Our regular Ms. Michelson, the reporter from the San Francisco Call newspaper, is Kat Brady. Kat missed her flight out of Hilo so couldn't make it on time. We scrambled for someone to play the part and tapped on one of our guests from Texas, Erin Leaverton, who just arrived in Hawaii the day before. She knows zero about Hawaiʻi and had just met us 30 minutes before, but she was game to do the part. Emilia Kandagawa, who plays the role of the translator, did a quick rehearsal
Mahalo a nui loa to Lono Kollars and the members of Hawaii Inter-Club Council of Southern California for extending Kūʻē Petition Continues a booth at their annual hoʻolauleʻa. This is the 3rd year that the Kūʻē Petitions were brought to this area. Also mahalo to (Kawaiopua) Audrey Alo, (Mealii) Alyson Kaimana Mealii Namahoe and Shalee Kuuiponohealani Kekawa who provided me some relief on both days. The sun was bright, and ka makani kept blowing in our direction, keeping us cool. Shared information of the Hawaiian Kingdom and also recent developments in our quest. There were members of the lāhui who had visited us before who wanted to say mahalo for helping them with their connections. An entire family from the Palm Desert area drove all the way to see us. Another ʻohana had just moved from Puna, Moku o Keawe the previous week, stopped in and found their kūpuna. We didn't
with her. And when it was time for the drama to begin she played the part marvelously, except for a few mangled Hawaiian words. But the original Miriam Michelson probably did the same 121 years ago. For those unfamiliar, the drama is based on a newspaper article written by Ms. Michelson and published in the San Francisco Call newspaper on Sept.22, 1897, after she attended a meeting of the Women's Hawaiian Patriotic League at the Salvation Army Hall in Hilo. The article was titled, "Strangling Hands Upon a Nation's Throat." It can be read online if anyone googles it. It was a good performance. The audience response was lively! Mahalo to Moanike'ala Sitch and crew for great support, Christopher Sorrell, Baron Ching, Kauluwehiokalani Eli, Nathan Routt, Richard Crabbe, Ruth Coules, Keoki Nanod-Sitch (the Molokai guy!), Syl Kop, Steven Robello, Dr. Keanu Sai, Clare Apana and Zena Abellira Mattaino for bringing the Kūʻē Petition, Erin and Larry Leaverton, the two Brendas, Evie and her ohana, and all the others who helped set up and break down and were audience participants. And mahalo to Iolani Palace security for patience AND security. Oh, and after was pau, Ulu made plates of chili, rice, rolls, and veggies for the guys sleeping in tents outside the palace walls. Trying to feed everybody what they need. No leftovers, no waste. ~ Lynette Cruz
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On May 10, 2018, Mrs. Routh Bolomet, a Hawaiian-Swiss citizen, provided Dr. Keanu Sai with a remarkable document that came out of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, regarding Hawai‘i. Mrs. Bolomet told Dr. Sai that it was her hope that the document authored by Dr. Alfred M. deZayas, would help in bringing the American occupation to an end. Dr. Sai said, “To call this document ‘remarkable’ is an understatement.”
In 2006, the United Nations Human Rights Council was formed as an intergovernmental organization within the United Nations system. The Council replaced the United Nations Commission on Human Rights that was established in 1946. The Council is comprised of 47 member States of the United Nations that serve for a three year term.
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Grateful to all the helpers who donated time energy, and "stuff" to help us claim our history by telling the story of what really happened on July 4, 1864, in the Hawaiian Kingdom, and on the very same steps where the dirty deed took place. There'll be a time of reckoning for Americans who gloss over their ugly history in the lands of so many native peoples. We prepare for that day by learning who we are as people of peace and conscience and by reminding everybody, everyone we know, that "aloha" doesn't mean we give you, descendants of the faithless sons of missionaries, permission to slide. Things balance out. Rule of the universe. Mahalo to Imai Hayden James Winchester for his usual kick-ass call to action (fists up!) and his portrayal of Joseph Nāwahī, as well as his reminder about Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, coming up on July 29 at Thomas Square.
have as many visitors as in the past. Jordan Martin stopped by to invite Kūʻē Petition Continues to San Diego Hoʻolauleʻa and a new venue in Temecula, CA in 2019. All in all, the mea ʻai was ʻono, music and dance non-stop and a plethora of goods for sale. ~Noeleen Caldeira
It was interesting to learn that many were involved in doing the play "The Queen's Women" that was shared with them by Kaiulani Milhelm. Numerous souls asked if Lynette Cruzwould be coming as they wanted to meet her. For these it was easy for them to understand the concept of Kūʻē Petition Continues and how relevant the role of our kūpuna is today. I met a descendant of William Punohu White (Gregg Parker). Also a woman who is the District Cultural Support Program Manager for Enumclaw School District (Sui-Lan Hoʻokano). Many were very happy that we brought our kūʻē kūpuna to them. Although they may be far from home and for some it has been decades, they still feel the love for their kūpuna and attachment to our ʻāina and country. Of course there was ʻono food and the best shaved ice I have had outside of our island home. Hawaiian wares were plentiful and I got a chance to reconnect with some vendors that are at many events throughout the PNW. I must extend a sincere mahalo to Brenda Toedtemeier Schnoor and her son Todd for providing lodging and transportation and to Barbara Analani Imbach for all the commaderie and assisting me. ~Noeleen Caldeira
Nine Pe'as signed the anti-annexation petitions alone, not including any of our other Ohana. Kaulana Na Pua aʻo Hawaiʻi -- Famous are the children of Hawaiʻi!
"We the undersigned, native Hawaiian citizens and residents of the district of Puna Island of Hawaii who are members of the Women's Hawaiian Patriotic League of the Hawaiian Islands, and others who are in sympathy with the said league, earnestly protest against the annexation of the said Hawaiian Islands to the United States of America in any form or shape." ~Alexander Kalauokalani Pe'a
Noeleen Caldeira, What an honor and sacred experience it was to work beside you. Helping kanaka locate their kūpuna on the Kūʻē Petitions during this Third Annual Aloha Festival was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had. I will never forget the tears and looks of astonishment on people's faces when the names of their kūpuna (ancestors) seemed to jumped off the pages. Our kūpuna stood with us and we stood with our kūpuna. What a beautiful weekend.
What is kind of ironic about this festival is it is held at Wingfeild Park near the Francis Newlands Mansion who wrote a joint resolution for Hawaiʻi. A resolution that lacks constitutional jurisdiction to take the independence of another nation.
Mahalo to Jasmine Victoria Gunn for hosting such a beautiful Aloha Festival in Downtown Reno at Wingfield Park. It is a beautiful park sitting in the middle of the Truckee River, like an island. Cool, clean and, fresh water flowing over rocks creating rapids that people were actually riding down on their floaties. It was a hōʻailona to me that the information would be flowing. Mahalo also to Alexander Kalauokalani Pe'a of Ahahui Hawai'i Aloha Aina Reno Chapter who took up the kuleana and joined me. We had many, many descendants come to learn more of our Hawaiian Kingdom and the truths of history. Many kūpuna o kūʻē literally jumped off the pages and breathed new life and strength to their ʻōpio. This is only a small sampling of our first day. ~ Noeleen Caldeira
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Bumpy Puuhonua B. Keiki Kanahele and Brandon Makaawaawa got hung up in traffic coming into Waiʻanae this evening for LCC Waiʻanae's second in a series of community-based informational talks for Fall semester 2018. Glad they could make it. They had lots to share. I didn't livestream, unfortunately, but there will be other opportunities. Lots of discussion about the potential of 21st century ahupuaʻa as a foundation for political, economic, and social planning and implementation for sustainability and equality (a national plan). It's a plan for leveling the playing field and making sure resources flow to the very least among us. I believe that's called "raising the bottom." Metaphor: Water up mauka flowing clean, fast, and cold to the kai allows for stream critters, like kupeʻe and oʻopu, to thrive, and all life upstream benefits in the cycle of life. Same concept. ~ Lynette Cruz
Before Healoha Johnston's talk tonight on Curating King Kalākaua at the Kanaʻina Building on the Palace grounds, Kauluwehiokalani Eli, Emilia Kandagawa, Keoni Ronald May, and I visited Pohukaina and the ahu to offer lei and hoʻokupu. We stopped yellow leaves and started cutting the grass in the burial mound with scissors but stopped ourselves. We would have missed the talk if we did that, lol. The boys, Akoni and Allen Lena Conrad are still there, a bit faded but still beautiful, in my view. The talk by Healoha was short but excellent! Emily livestreamed it. Good discussion and sharing afterward. Hope everyone gets to see the display at the Honolulu Museum of Art, which I hear some folks are beginning to call the Hawaiian Museum of Art, which is not a bad thing, lol. So tonight we met King Kalākaua, a visionary, a man ahead of his time. We were happy to make his acquaintance. Mahalo, Healoha, for the introduction. ~ Lynette Cruz
Left photo gallery: Today (November 10, 2018) Emilia Kandagawa, Kauluwehiokalani Eli, Kawika Cruz, and I went to meet Nanette Napoleon at Oʻahu Cemetery to prep for the Hawaiian Patriots Tour tomorrow morning (around 9:45ish, after we meet and do ceremony at the Queen's statue at 9). Nanette prepared a temp headstone for James Kaulia with a photo of him. So cool! There wasn't a headstone before, so whenever we visited we didn't know exactly where to put our lei and nā mea. There are 12 kūpuna in that section, all ʻohana. Now we know where James is. Also, the headstones got a power wash! Now we can read the names and notations on the bottom. The office gave Nanette a map. We did a practice run, sort of. Leilani Lindsey Kaapuni you would have loved it. Then we went to visit Kekuni, since we were there, anyway, and then again to the Campbell family crypt so Ulu could revisit Baby. ~ Lynette Cruz
Right photo gallery: Nov. 11, after honoring the Queen on her death day at the Queen's statue at the fake state Capitol, we headed to Oʻahu Cemetery for our first Hawaiian Patriots tour. Mahalo to Emilia Kandagawa and Nanette Napoleon for setting it up! We visited James Kaulia, Lucy Peabody, John and Kahalewai Cummins, Mrs. Ku'aihelani Campbell, Eleanor Prendergast, and J. Akana. These Patriots signed the petition protesting annexation of Hawaiʻi to the U.S. We also met up with Keola Jones and his son and offered hoʻokupu at the gravesite of their ʻohana. The tour ended with a visit to our contemporary Patriot and organizer extraordinaire Richard Kekuni Blaisdell. Then we headed to the chapel for a light lunch and a chance to win a copy of Oʻahu Cemetery, published by Nanette in 1998. It’s an awesome book. Kauluwehiokalani Eli went home with the prize! More of these tours will be coming up. Please feel free to join us and, if your kūpuna who signed the petition are buried somewhere on this island, please let us know where so we can go visit them and say "aloha" and "mahalo." Lynette Cruz
Mahalo to all our helpers and to Hui Aloha Aina o Honolulu, primary sponsors of this event. Special thanks to Kūʻē Petition Continues for their support of all the HAA Honolulu activities, and especially for producing excellent fliers for every event. ~ Lynette Cruz
Martha H Noyes Lynette Cruz - re Hoku ʻUla : I don’t remember how many years ago, but I know I was reading a lot of traditional astronomical knowledge stuff that can be found by word-searching on NZETC (http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz), so it had to be 15 to 20 years ago. (I still use the site often, but now usually with specific authors or titles.) Anyway, I came across some statements by early colonial chroniclers of indigenous astronomical knowledge in which the chroniclers said with certainty that their indigenous sources didn’t know the difference between Jupiter and Venus and that they didnʻt know that Venus was both a morning and an evening star and thought instead that Venus was two different celestial objects.
I didn’t think the chroniclers could have been right about that. For one thing, Venus and Jupiter are both morning stars, when, among other things they indicate the direction east, and evening stars, when, among other things they indicate the direction west. For another, both Venus and Jupiter have several names each, only one of which they share (Hoku Ao for Venus, Ao Hoku for Jupiter). Hoku Ao and Ao Hoku name these planets as visible: a) in the morning and b) sometimes visible during the daytime, but it doesnʻt make them the same object. For another, while Venus has two apparitions (one is her morning star period, the other is her evening star period), Mercury, who was not recorded as being perceived as two different celestial objects, has, just as Venus does, a morning apparition (when he rises and sets in the east without ever reaching the meridian) and an evening apparition (when he rises and sets in the west without ever reaching the merdian).
So thatʻs when I started thinking about how indigenous star knowledge confused the chroniclers, who were accustomed to a single name for each celestial object and did not in their own cultures attribute cultural significances to celestial objects. Yes, the colonial powers did know some Greek, Roman, even Egyptian and Babylonian star myths and astrology. But, generally speaking, the multiple names for any one celestial object and names shared by two or more celestial objects confused the chroniclers.
Names have meanings (yeah, I know – duh). Starsʻ names have meaning – they tell us something about the hoku (star, planet, asterism, constellation), sometimes more than one thing for any one name. Slowly it began to dawn on me that names shared by two or more celestial objects represented classifications, categorizations, of hoku.
The most obvious and easy to explain example is Hoku ʻUla, Red Star. There are five Hoku ʻUla – Aldebaran (in Taurus), Antares (in Scorpius), Betelgeuse (in Orion), Mars, and Mercury. All five are red to the naked eye, thus the five Hoku ʻUla. No indigenous star person in the Tropics would have confused a planet with a star – planets move on a diagonal and stars move across the sky from east to west. No indigenous star person would have confused Antares with Aldebaran – one is a summer night star (north of the equator thatʻs Antares) and the other is a winter night star (north of the equator thatʻs Aldebaran). Neither would they have confused Betelgeuse (another winter night star in the northern hemisphere) with Aldebaran because for most of the months of their visibility they are in the sky at the same time. ~ Martha Noyes