Ke Ao Maoli
About thirty-plus years of work, but mostly trying to survive the battles are the roughest. In particular, women and children have suffered greatly at the hands of 'Home Rule', groups, and their private enforcements. At first, I though it was neat to be part of our culture practices within a group setting, but that's just because I lacked the understanding as to dynamics of land, labor and culture values and practices.
At this time, I don't know if Na Kanaka and their ancestors can hold on to their present lands and have their children continue in their place.
Just in my opinion, labor today needs intense, in depth, and the ability to do work to solve the simple problems we face today.
As for culture practices that's bitter sweet, in my opinion, not everyone can do the battles, lead, and set aside ones differences and still participate to meet goals and objectives.
My question of the day, as Na Kanaka women--do we continue suffering at the hands of our male counter parts? A bit different, but recently my aunties and the beautiful women in my past life they were my partners--I've been having daily conversations with them. That is a bit kinda different, not used to having too many conversations with people in the spirit world while working at the front. Or, maybe I wasn't really concious of these multi-voices--great company in time of need. Approaching Kamehameha Day, June 11, 2010 for me--I had a strong vortex, or irritation. From Nuuanu Pali prayers, to Iolani Palace to swimming with the whales--from mountain to sea it's a constant battle with American enforcement that have clear intent to do damage, stop ancestral prayers, and trained to kill on spot. Yesterday, we said our prayers at the Ahu on the grounds of Iolani Palace.
We honored Kahale Smith a warrior at the Ahu under typical duress of DLNR. Before his death, Kahale had intended to move from point A to point B, an agreement he made with his daughter minutes before his death. Enforcement had a different intent for they are trained to kill by popular demand. Henry Smith, my good friend, and Kahale's brother said to me that his brother died in the house because he fell and could not get up. I believer, his death was preventive had DHHL approached Kahale Smith with humanity. DHHL (12 Sheriffs and 4 DHHL) came at 8 am, with KAUAI FREIGHT COMPANY to remove contents in a surprise eviction.
We must be on the frontline for the sake of the children and endure all the problems un/necessary in hopes to do better next time.