Ke Ao Maoli
I really like this piece that was written by David Kauila Kopper and Camille Kalama, What does Hawaii's Motto Really Mean?
However, I don't think the authors really understand their questioning as a true connection to 'Ai Kanaka' and all it's practices. Or, willing to eat stones! I got lost in the Republican Tea Party and it's military budget and the trade route from point A to point B. But, I did like the post modernity of it!
After Kam III came and went so to speak on Oahu, the aina fell into the 'art of necessity' and there went all the mountain to sea, take what you need, and plant kalo practices. The konohiki's although I support it's reasoning did not follow through on the 'aina' concept that this article talks about.
The evidence is in Sights of Oahu, Waimanalo..Edward Niaupio was the only taro farmer in all of Koolaupoko! That's just because of laziness not the 'fear' factor.
"Consent of the governed" ...great deriviation...of lazy men connection to the 'aina' or food stamps!
I highly respect the voice of Kopper and Kalama, however, I know it's a crock pot of mash! It turns for the worse when it say's "...(S)overeignty is not based on independence for some individuals at the expense of others." This is where the 'little talk' separates from the anicent land and it's people's practice. It sounds too European and too Haole because one argues for a slave labor for the rich and not the people of the land as in "malama the aina."
This article reminds me of the houseless still sitting on the side of the road waiting for a handout, but yet protected by "Law of the Splintered Paddle", but not really.
'Ai kanaka' is not where this article was going with there assertion, but I suspect that they were trying to go there but, did not know how?
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