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Michelle Ritchie
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  • Makawao, Maui
  • Hawaiʻi
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'O wai kou inoa? What's your name?
No hea mai 'oe? Where are you from?
Makawao, Maui
ʻO wai ke ahupuaʻa āu e noho nei? Where do you live?
Makawao, Maui

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Happy Thankstaking! Spread the Word!

There's a saying, "The truth will set you free---but first it will piss you off!

I have to agree.

When I was a kid, I looked forward to Thanksgiving day, all the family getting together and sharing a great meal. If any of us remembered the whole story about it---not just about the feast but about what came afterward---would we have had the same dinner the same way? I wonder.

The legend about Thanksgiving---Native Americans and Immigrants Have a Happy Feast… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 5:43pm — 3 Comments

Revolution thru Education?

Recently my kumu said that a friend of his, another Hawaiian activist, had a suggestion on how to educate all the visitors to Hawaii on the basics of Hawaiian culture, history and protocol.

Not only that, but it would also offer a way to educate them on the overthrow, the illegal annexation, AND offer them a way to help right these wrongs. And it would be mandatory!

How could this be accomplished?

It started as a joke, he said.

It wouldn't work, my kumu… Continue

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 10:14pm — 2 Comments

If you teach them, they will open letter to my Kumu.....

Aloha Kumu....

It's so easy to look at the world and it's people thru our own "pair of glasses", our own experience---in fact maybe it's all we can do, even when we are trying our best to be aware......

In that light, I want to say this to you...

I know I can't fully understand how it has been for you, to have spent much of your life as a Hawaiian activist, on the front lines. You have seen the worst of the "Western culture" over and over.... in these rapacious… Continue

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 11:21pm — 6 Comments

Kanaka maoli--no. Local--partly. Haole--partly. So what does that make me?

My family has been on Maui for 5 generations....I am part brown and part bloodline is partly from the oppressed culture and partly from the oppressors----so what does that make me??

I've been on Maui and called it home since I was 5 years old, but I'm not 'born and raised' what does that make me?

I've spent time with Whites, tourists, and other malihini who seem so oblivious of their host culture--- in ways that make me cringe---don't they realize it's… Continue

Posted on September 7, 2009 at 3:39pm — 8 Comments

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At 9:27am on December 21, 2009, jon kinimaka said…
Aloha Michelle, sorry for late response, I just found your message from months ago, still new to the internet. Mahalo for your support, you are a true Hawaiian that lives and breathes the truth of our Hawaiian values. We need your manao, stay focused.

Please call me. Jon Kinimaka 463-5504
At 7:09pm on October 2, 2009, Pono Kealoha said…

At 10:48am on September 10, 2009, Waihili said…
Aloha e Michelle,
Thanks for joining the Northern CA Actions and Allies Group! Looking forward to your comments and ideas!
At 9:29am on September 8, 2009, Pono Kealoha said…

At 2:24am on September 8, 2009, Kaleo Farias said…
Add me as your friend.


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