Author: @kuakamahao (twitter)
The Hawaiian Homestead act was to guarantee Hawaiians homes in every district on every island, however, they gave us the shittiest land their was. The wait list is too long, Hawaiians started to move to the mainland because the cost of living here is too high. Everything is set up against us. They build hotels over our heiau (temples) and they steal our sacred rocks from them too. Foreigners buy out whole access roads and land that we go to gather plants for lāʻau lapaʻau (medicine) and go hunt on. Every island has its own problems weather its windmills, rail, or billionaires forcing people out and buying up whole islands. One of our islands Kahoʻolawe was used as target practice by the U.S. and now has been messed up so bad it is uninhabitable. And we fought for that with Aloha ʻĀina ( love of the land) its our movement. Just like our kūpuna would swim to Kahoʻolawe or ride the boats there to protect it, we are all gathering on Mauna A Wākea (Mauna Kea) to protect it from a Thirty Meter Telescope being built on it. Our governor has declared a state of emergency and has brought in police forces from all over the islands as well as national guard from here and American Sāmoa. Were being called terrorist for protecting our most sacred mountain. In a Hawaiian point of view, the Mauna is our piko (center) it is what connects us all together and keeps us grounded. Our mauna is the connection between Papahānaumoku and Wākea (kinda like earth mother sky father) were tired of outsiders coming in and taking whats ours and telling them that we should show aloha. Thats a bunch of bullshit. I appreciate you listening to my story and i would appreciate if you could share this and learn more about our protest. They' re happening all over the world. Mahalo nui.