Yearly Archives: 2009

Part III: Much Ado About Automobiles–Some Necessary Clarity.

The Somewhat Distant Past: For the first 46 years of his life, cars and driving played a central role in ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Imaikalani’s life.  When he relinquished, “Everything that I worked for all my life,” to answer to his ancestors’ … Continue reading

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(Part II): Free My Husband’s Nation. Unleash Hawai’i.

For the first time ever, ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Imaikalani walked into a United States courtroom in Hawai’i. He was just another, “Traffic offender” among  dozens:  Violators of the mandated speed limits, folks who’d innocently let their car registration lapse, those who … Continue reading

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

Thanksgiving Day.  Ironic, at the very least. Within a few short days of writing my most recent, Ever Changing Page essay:  “What Would You Do With Your Freedom?”–my husband, a Native Hawaiian spokesman for his indigenous people, is threatened with … Continue reading

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What Would You Do With Your Freedom?

“What would you do with your freedom?” This is the insistent (not often kindly spoken) challenge that ‘Iokepa Hanalei ‘Imaikalani is issued whenever he dares to speak of the future of the Native Hawaiian people–or of their nation. The implied … 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 (Now they follow our every step into movie theaters, church, … Continue reading

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GRANDMOTHERS WHISPER–A Publisher Now!

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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“Organized Religion.”

We have just finished observing the Jewish New Year–those contemplative days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur–the holiest on the Hebrew calendar.  ‘Iokepa, as always, joined me in celebrating with the Kaua’i Jewish Community. My thoughts go back a month, … Continue reading

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The Means To Hawaiian Sovereignty (2).

‘Iokepa and I have returned to our Islands of Hawai’i. For eight months and 25,000 car miles, we drove the freeways of the  American continent. But we spoke out, always and only, on behalf of this place and these people. … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Hawaiian Sovereignty (1).

Last month, in honor of the 50th anniversary of Hawaiian statehood, a New York Times editorial writer began:  “The 50th state turns 50 on Friday, and the strange thing is how wildly and jubilantly the islands aren’t celebrating.”  The writer  … Continue reading

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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 asked to take … Continue reading

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