Yearly Archives: 2009

Part II. Inside a United States Courthouse: A Native Hawaiian Speaks.

The Setting     The very first American Court House erected on the Island of Kaua’i was built in 1837, with complete awareness and intention on the top of the bulldozed ruins of what was the oldest heiau on this Island. Heiau … Continue reading

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Part I: Free My Husband’s Nation – Unleash Hawai’i.

It’s Thanksgiving Day; ‘Iokepa is threatened with jail.  The challenge of Return Voyage, always and only moved by ancestral guidance, intensifies. In the long, deep, ubiquitous story of freedom denied, of national identity obliterated, of oppression institutionalized – there have … Continue reading

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What Would You Do With Your Freedom?

This is the insistent (seldom kindly spoken) challenge that ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Īmaikalani hears whenever he dares to speak of the future of the Native Hawaiian people – or of their nation. The implied conclusion is:  these people would not know … Continue reading

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What Holds Water?

We live in a noisy world. We have coming at us in any given moment:  telephones that no longer sit quietly next to our bed or on our office desks (they now follow our every step into movie theaters, churches, … Continue reading

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The Book,”Grandmothers Whisper,” Is Born.

I’ve been a writer my entire life, a professional writer since I left college at twenty-two, and an author since I was forty.  In that time, I have naturally watched my writing evolve:  from eighteen years of salaried newspaper and … Continue reading

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“I Don’t Believe in Organized Religion.”

We’d been invited to a Friday evening Shabbat dinner at the home of a Portland Jewish family.   It had all the trappings of the ritually kosher home I grew up in. We lit the candles and said the familiar, traditional … Continue reading

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The Means to Hawaiian Sovereignty.

‘Iokepa and I return to our Islands.  But before we step off the airplane, we take ourselves to task.  We remind ourselves that ends never justify means, and that our only hope of influence is by living example – our … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Hawaiian Sovereignty.

‘Iokepa and I read a New York Times editorial page column, and sucked in our collective breath.  We were aghast that the editorial writer could have so completely missed the mark. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Hawaiian statehood, … Continue reading

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Life: The Full Circle.

When ‘Iokepa and I completed our ten year preparation–what the Grandmothers called, our grooming, what I call our immersion into the authentic, aboriginal Hawaiian culture –  That language, history, and the reality of experience of ‘Iokepa’s brethren – we were … Continue reading

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A Very Special Wedding.

Our dear friends, Diane and Bill, were married thirty-some years ago by a Presbyterian minister in Indianapolis.  It was in all ways a family-sanctioned,  conventional, and presumably very lovely wedding. Over these many years the couple’s spiritual practices unavoidably evolved. … Continue reading

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