Looking back on my time here in Hawaii (20 years) I know that I am who I am today because of the land. I have no KOKO, per say, but I do belong to this land(kama aina). I don't know how to write Hawaiian words that good, but I understand when people talk to me.
Growing up here as one with no KOKO, but being intimate with the culture, I have seen things from a perspective that maybe those with KOKO can not see.
As the possibility for Hawaii to be freed gets more and more clear, it seems like more and more egos flair.
This site has been an inspiration for me, but lately some of the stuff I read is troubling. Everybody is concerned with who is who, what is what, and it seems like everybody is fighting over pieces of the pie.
I have been taught that being Hawaiian is not about blood, it never was until after the overthrow.
Yes bloodlines did dictate certain ranks and positions at the time of overthrow, but in the thousands of years before that, all kinds of changes in rank and position happened, for all kinds of reasons.
Being Hawaiian is about living on and loving the land. It is about the aina.
Owning the land was a foreign concept.
That is why I know, we will never see a free Hawaii unless everybody can set aside their egos, and put the aina first.
Everybody wants to be the chief, and nobody wants to be the commoner.
Is that is what is best for the aina?
The hurt done to the islands and people has been intense and on a scale that most can't comprehend, but as long as that is all that we focus on, we will never see where to go.
It is about all people that love this land coming together to start something new.
We have a good chance at striking a blow, not just for Hawaii, but for the whole world and everything on it, but we must come together.
We each have the choice pili kia, or aloha.