My life journey began with memories of sitting at the foot of my kupuna, embroidering my Hawaiian quilt, the ulu pattern, learning my language which was forbidden in our household during those years by my haole great grandfather, but nontheless, I had the passion to know that it was important to retain my culture from that young age. Throughout my travels the one thing that I always maintained was my heritage, no matter if I lived in Europe or on the continental U.S. I always began with identifying myself as being Polynesian, from Hawaii. I am half Hawaiian and half Samoan. My mother is the oldest grandchild of the late (and last) reigning King of British Samoa (now the independant country Western Samoa), I was named for my ancestor Ululani, of Pi'o Pi'o high chiefess to Kamehameha I...my great grandmother Makakaulani a kahuna kilo kilo, was named by Queen Emma, She was also known as the Taro Patch Queen of Manoa. My grandmother (the eldest child) a kahuna la'au lapa'au taught me many gifts of the spirit, that I have used in raising my family and continue to utilize today. I am 68 years old, without illness or medical doctor and more active than a person half my age. My passion is to take what gifts of ke akua that are bestowed upon me to those kanaka maoli who live abroad, away from our aina, and to share with them our beautiful culture, to also educate anyone with an open mind to our ways, we were given the perfect way and traditions by ke akua, and if the world should discover our values, it would be a much better place to live. I begin with reaching out to give this gift of life to our pa'ahao so that they may learn and be rehabilitated through the Lokahi Triangle that is kept pono with aloha.
Lillian U. Harwood's Blog
How many are aware that in Arizona alone there are 1,860 pa'ahao who are tried, convicted, sentenced and sent away from their homeland to this barren dessert? Some have been separated from the aina and ohana for 4 decades and no hope of returning home.
How many know that although there are legislative rights for these pa'ahao, there are ways that the PSD HI and the CCA facility can get around those laws and not do what is mandated?
While there are wonderful people with… Continue
Posted on August 5, 2008 at 3:06pm