Ua ala 'oe e ku'u ipo? Kahea ana au ia 'oe. I ka lipolipo o ka po. Pane mai, pane mai.
'O wai kou inoa? What's your name?
No hea mai 'oe? Where are you from?
Kaimuki, my Hawaiian ancestors are from Hanapepe, Kaua'i
ʻO wai ke ahupuaʻa āu e noho nei? Where do you live?
I NTERESTS: Native Hawaiian Sovereignty, Native Hawaiian plants, Hawaiian & Pacific cultures, HI & PAC mythology, HI & PAC Literature, surfing, local theatre, karaoke, guitar, bass, hula, Nation Building: culture, law & politics, economic, & social structures of Hawai'i, the u.s., & the world (especially the Middle East & specifically Egypt, Iran, Tanzania, & Afghanistan)...
ABOUT ME: ====GET OUT FROM UNDER 'THEM'! RESIST! UNLEARN! DEFY!====
"I believe Sovereignty starts from within: learn your culture, where you come from, who you come from. Cultural Sovereignty is the stepping stone to political freedom." - Keali'i Reichel
I am a Junior in the Hawaiian Studies major at UH Manoa's Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies. My focus is Mo'olelo 'Oiwi. I am minoring in English. I have been a contributing Features writer at UH Manoa's KaLeo 'O Hawai'i newspaper since 2005. I am a 2006 graduate of Kapiolani Community College and a 2003 Graduate of Kaimuki High School.
Clubs/Organizations I am/have been part of at school are: The Hawaiian Society of Law & Politics, 'Oiwi Native Hawaiian Journal student organization, Kua'ana, Madarin Club, LGBTQ, XYZ Gay/Straight Alliance, and KCC's Kapi'o Newspaper.
WHO I'D LIKE TO MEET: Smart, creative, articulate, and culturally, politically, & socially aware people. People of substance. People who are fed up with the messed up world around them and want to make contributions towards a positive change.
"Real revolution begins at learning. If you're not angry, you're not paying attention." - Tim Mcilrath of Rise Against
FAVORITE BOOKS: <==1==>TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD <==2==>FOLKS YOU MEET IN LONG'S <==3==>KAMAPUA'A <==4==>FOX GIRL <==5==>LIGHT IN THE CREVICE NEVER SEEN==6==SHAKESPEARE'S THE TEMPEST
HEROES: "The names of radicals are rarely etched in marble, but burn eternally in the hearts of man." - Saul Alinsky
IN GENERAL I ADMIRE STRONG-SMART & CONFIDENT WOMEN EVERYWHERE, WHO ARE WORKING/HAVE WORKED TO MAKE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS & CHANGES TO OUR WORLD! LEE CATALUNA/Louis-Ann Yamanaka/Lisa Matsumoto(R.I.P)/Lily Kahumoku (I know, a lot of "L's"^^)/AUNTY HAUNANI KAY-TRASK/KUMU LILIKALA KAME'ELEIHIWA/KUMU KU'UALOHA HO'OMANAWANUI/Aunty Vicky Takamine/KUMU LEILANI BASHAM/KUMU KALEO AKIM/Aunty Nani Rogers/Aunty Terri Keko'olani/Naomi Losch/(some of the few men on this list)MY LATE GRANDPA,JOHN/UNCLE KEKUNI BLAISEDELL/MY BEST FRIEND, LORENZ GONCHOR/ & KUMU JON OSORIO/Uncle Greg Lui-Kwan/Keanu Sai/Uncle Hanalei Fergerstrom/Uncle Soli Niheu/Tusiata Avia/Victoria Kneubuhl/Tina Fey/Angelina Jolie/Anna DeVeare Smith (Fires In The Mirror)/Gwen Stefani/(This might be weird cuz' she's my friend & not that much older than me, but I'm really starting to admire:)MS.LANI "TITARELLA" TEVES/Karen O from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs/SHERYL CROW/Nelly Furtado/MY GRANDMA MARGARET/and My MOM AHILANI the FIRST & the ORIGINAL smart & strong-ass woman in my life!
MUSIC: ==GO JIMMY GO==PEPPER==JACK JOHNSON==KEAHIWAI==KA’AU CRATER BOYS==RAIATEA HELM==KAMAU (Hawaiian Kingdom)==IZ==HAWAIIAN STYLE BAND (Living In A Sovereign Land)==BUCKSHOT SHORTY==POMO HOMO (I don’t know how to describe them, but they’re local too!^*)==NOTHING TO LOSE==MXPX==SAVE FERRIS==THE DANCEHALL CRASHERS==REEL BIG FISH==NEW FOUND GLORY==JIMMY EAT WORLD==HELLOGOODBYE==THE YEAH YEAH YEAHS==THE CURE==RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS==INCUBUS (Out From Under)==RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (Take the Power Back)==LENNY KRAVITZ==GREENDAY (American Idiot)==BLINK182==NO DOUBT==UB40 (Who You Fighting For?)==OSHEN==THE BLACK EYED PEAS==NELLY FURTADO==SHERYL CROW==NORAH JONES==FEIST==MICHAEL BUBLE’==RUFUS WAINWRIGHT==FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS==and of course BOB MARLEY!==
This was the first article I ever wrote in my career at UH Manoa’s KaLeo newspaper. I just felt it was really important to write about something positive for Hawaiians plus, I really admire the journal staff,& what they are doing for Hawaiian writers, artists, & students, especially the efforts of my Kumu Ku’ualoha Ho’omanawanui. The ‘Oiwi journal staff are still accepting submissions for 2009’s Volume #4, more info on that below. I encourage all of you to share… Continue
This was a sidebar in my article "How to prepare for financial aid fairs, Hapai Pu style". I just thought it would be easier to read if I devoted a whole blog to it. As a Hawaiian college student who has successfully applied for & received scholarships, grants, & tuitions waivers I felt it was important to share the tips I learned (and verified by Aunty Ku'umealoha) with other Hawaiian students.
It's ALWAYS important to know your source of information,… Continue
I wrote this article so that other Hawaiian students would know where to get information on how to fund their college education. The UH Manoa Office of Student Equity, Excellence, and Diversity, Kua'ana Student Services, & especially Aunty Ku'umealoha Gomes helped me get tuition waivers, scholarships, & grants so my family & I wouldn't have to pay for much during my college career. It's really simple to do, especially since there is a whole fair,office, and… Continue
I know this article is a bit outdated, perhaps if I find the time I will do an updated one, but I'm just posting this article so other young Hawaiians will read it & perhaps, feel inspired & encouraged by Punihei's accomplishments & examples.
If you're thinking about studying 'Olelo Hawai'i after high school, especially at UH Manoa, Punihei is definetly one of the people you should see. At the very least she can give you help & advice on how to… Continue
aloha kaua e keahi... hope you are doing well. i will be working on my paper this semester and hoping i can get some mana'o from people (esp young people) in the movement... let me know if you have friends or 'ohana that want to contribute too. i am hoping i can go home to talk story with people, but not sure if i have the kala for the flight! so if we can talk on maoliworld, maika'i. mahalo!