Lahui ACTION!: MA'A// Movement of Aloha 'Aina, LONOIKAMAKAHIKI, Ea Mai ka Lahui, & La Ku'oko'a [HAWAIIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY 11.28.14]
Ho'olono: MA'A//Movement of Aloha Aina Live Streaming Radio Every Monday for the Patriots of Hawaii
Hawaii has and continues to be under an illegal and prolonged occupation. Knowledge of this illegal occupation by the United States is becoming widely spread throughout our communities as well as the international communities.
It is because of these context we bring to you live: MAʻA // Movement of Aloha ʻAina
Aloha served: Mondayʻs from 4:00-6:00pm, call in to comment/talk story/suggest some Aloha 'Aina music at 808.932.7376 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ Patriot with The Patriots at MA'A Radio (Movement for Aloha Aina) are sharing Aloha live every Monday 4-6pm online @ UHHradio.com, can also download the RadioFlag app on your smartphone. Playing the Local Mix of Grassroots, Reggae, Hawaiian and talking story bout Politics, Culture, History and Hawaiian Issues.
Ea Mai ka Lahui [O'ahu]- November 25, 2014, #hemanaopono
Happening November 25, 2014 from 6-8PM at Halau o Haumea on O'ahu.
Hosted by editors of "A Rising Nation: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty"* this event, taking place at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Hawaiian Studies Campus (Kamakakuokalani), will discuss with a panel of respected kanaka aloha 'aina responses from Hawaiian community members regarding a letter submitted by Dr. Kamana'opono Crabbe to U.S. Secretary John Kerry (#hemanaopono).
From the organizer Dr. Noe Goodyear-Kaopua:
"In the summer of 2014, Kanaka Maoli voices surged forward after Dr. Kamana'opono Crabbe submitted a letter to U.S. Secretary John Kerry requesting an opinion on the legal status of Hawai‘i under international law. Further waves of 'Ōiwi came forward to testify when the US Department of Interior held meetings on various islands to ask whether a federal process should be created to recognize a Native Hawaiian government. What should we make of these voices? Where does the Native Hawaiian Roll process fit into this? And where should we go next as a lāhui?
Come join the discussion with a panel of respected kānaka aloha ʻāina who hold different perspectives on these questions."
This event is hoping to be live streamed so others can participate. Follow the Ea Mai Ka Lahui Facebook Event Page for updated details.
*"A Nation Rising chronicles the political struggles and grassroots initiatives collectively known as the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. Scholars, community organizers, journalists, and filmmakers contribute essays that explore Native Hawaiian resistance and resurgence from the 1970s to the early 2010s. Photographs and vignettes about particular activists further bring Hawaiian social movements to life. The stories and analyses of efforts to protect land and natural resources, resist community dispossession, and advance claims for sovereignty and self-determination reveal the diverse objectives and strategies, as well as the inevitable tensions, of the broad-tent sovereignty movement. The collection explores the Hawaiian political ethic of ea, which both includes and exceeds dominant notions of state-based sovereignty. A Nation Rising raises issues that resonate far beyond the Hawaiian archipelago, issues such as Indigenous cultural revitalization, environmental justice, and demilitarization." (Goodyear-Kaopua et al., 2014)
Lonoikamakahiki Aha Pule Aina Holo [Hawai'i Island]- November 20-23, 2014, #lonoikamakahiki
Makahiki season is upon is. In other parts of Polynesia such as Aotearoa it is known as Matariki. This time of year, according to the Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana who just opened their Makahiki season,
"...is a four-month period of the year, beginning with the first sighting of the makali`i (the constellation Pleiades) in late October or early November on the horizon. As the year’s harvest was gathered, tribute in the form of goods and produce were given to the chiefs from November through December. Various rites of purification and celebration in December and Janurary closed the observance of the makahiki season.
The makahiki was a form of the “first fruits” festivals common to many cultures. Something similar was observed throughout Polynesia, and in Hawai`i the festival reached its greatest elaboration.
While the lands rest and are softened by the rains in preparation of the new planting season, all wars were prohibited and goodwill prevailed. The chiefs joined with the maka`ainana in feasting, testing of argumentative skills and athletic competition.
There were three makahiki images carved. Rites were performed for the main makahiki god, Lonomakua. His image, called the akua loa, was a 16 foot pole with a carved human head at the top, and crosspiece hung with sheets of tapa, fern and feather streamers. It was borne around the island, stopping at each land section, ahupua`a, to receive the people’s tribute. As the akua loa moved on, his place was taken by the god of play or pa`ani, and the chief’s kapu over the land was lifted. This image, similar to the akua loa and called the alua pa`ani, was set up to preside over the sports and games participated in by the people of the land and by those who followed the procession of the akua loa. The third god, the akua poko, collected tribute from the makua lands set aside by the chief for his direct support.
Upon the completion of the circuit of the island, and the return of the makahiki gods to the ruling chief’s heiau, rites were again performed for the akua loa, and then the images were dismantled after the chief ceremonially recaptured the island. At that point the chief’s kapu were reimposed upon the maka`ainana for the rest of the year" (Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana, 2013)
Makahiki festivities will be occurring across the Hawaiian Island Chain and we hope to share some of these events with you.
From the Aha Pule Holo Aina organizer, Joshua Lanikila Mangauil,
"The Makahiki Pule Aina Holo is a ceremonial relay run circulating the mokupuni of Hawaii following the practice of the Ali'i procession of ka wa kahiko. This holo is to give our time, energy, sweat, body, and hā to feed the pule and lift the consciousness of all to heal and malama our aina, our lahui, and our selves. It is to reconnect us to ourkuleana to malama our kino so we can malama our ohana our lahui our aina. Ho'omau kakou I ke ala Pono!
With deep humbleness and respect to the traditions of our kupuna, we look to conducting this aha in the intention o fbringing this tradition into this 21st century. Inspired by the revival of traditions observed with the Pitt River Nation of north California, the idea of a ceremonial run was born. Grass root beginnings created and supported by the people of the land and not to be commercialized is essential to respecting and protecting the sanctity of this aha.
Set dates for this year’s Aha Holo will be:
Thursday, November 20th – Sunday Nov.23rd.
The route as of now that is still being worked on is as follows:
Nov. 20th Start - Honoka’a Lunch - Hilo (Kamehameha statue) Finish - Kilauea camp grounds
Nov. 21st Start - Kani Kolea Lunch - Na’alehu Finish – Miloli’i
Nov. 22nd Start -Miloli’i Lunch – Kealakekua Finish – Pu’ukohola Kawaihae
Nov. 23rd Start –Pu’ukohola Lunch – Waimea (via Hawi) Finish –Honoka’a"
More detailed information is provided below along with the original post on the Aha Pule Aina Holo Facebook Page.
The image "Boxing Match Before Cook" was drawn by John Webber who was an artist for Captain Cook in 1778. This image portrayed a Makahiki game tournament that was well attended by thousands of people. The Lono image is prominently presiding over the games, with the men playing a traditional bare knuckle boxing match known as mokomoko (Kanoa-Wong, 2013).
Below are gathering details for La Ku'oko'a on Hawaii, Kauai & Ni'ihau:
1) Celebration in Waimea 3-6pm at Kahilu Theatre, Hawaii with a convoy circling the island prior to celebrations, hosted by the Royal Order of Kamehameha I Moku o Kohala and
2) Celebration in Kona 8am at the Old Kona Airport to Keauhou Small Boat Harbor, hosted by Kaho'okahi Kanuha #lakuokoa #naueikealohaaina #alohaainaoiaio
Kaua'i & Niihau Islands
3) Celebration convoy, join in at any moku, ends at Anahola Beach Park with a pa'ina (potluck) hosted by Moku 'o Ko'olau. For more details email email@example.com and follow La Ku'oko'a Hawaiian Independence on Facebook. Coordinators are take 2014 La Ku'oko'a t-shirt and Hawaiian Flag orders up till 11/21/14.
Goodyear-Kaopua, Noe, Ikaika Hussey, Erin Wright, and Ed Greevy. "A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty."Noelani Goodyear-Ka′opua, Ikaika Hussey, Erin Kahunawaika′ala Wright - A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty. Duke Press, 2014. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.
Kanoa-Wong, Laiana. "Let The Games Begin!" Let The Games Begin. Kamehameha Schools/ Ka'iwakiloumoku, Hawaiian Cultural Center, Nov. 2013. Web. 13 Nov. 2014.
"Makahiki." Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana. Protect Kaho'olawe 'Ohana, 2013. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.
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