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My Space

Fortunately S.K. has not banished me from the puuhonua. For those who don't know... Pu uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park preserves is the site where, up until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke a kapu or one of the ancient laws against the gods could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge or "pu uhonua". The offender would absolved by a priest and freed to leave. Defeated warriors and non-combatants could also find refuge here during times of battle. The grounds just outside the Great Wall that encloses the pu uhonua were home to several generations of powerful chiefs. It looks like this:







That is... it's where I seek refuge with other Hawaiians though I descend from some of these high-powered chiefs near South Kealia, Kona, Hawaii :) So far I am surprised that S.K. has not banished me as about six years ago he was so upset at me. On the level of the Hawaiian as individuals first and foremost (superceding the nation of Hawaii as well as the culture of Hawaii.) Anyway I am shocked that he hasn't deleted my responses nor has he banished me from a Puuhonua of MySpace yet. Does this mean that there is hope that Hawaiians will work together instead of against each other? So far... that's what it seems but I can be banished by S.K. at ANY time from this Pu uhonua which of course scares me. I even told Kalani aka maldito that I'm scared that I'm gonna be banished. Again... he laughs AT ME but I don't think it's funny lol Anyway I'm a person who is unafraid... but when it comes to being Hawaiian... some things scare me. S.K. is the only Hawaiian who scares me which I won't fully explain here. However I can say that "pu u honua" can mean:

1. nvi. Place of refuge, sanctuary, asylum, place of peace and safety. KUlanakauhale puuhonua (Nah. 35.11), cities of refuge.

2. n. A level area, as used for game sites; also used for grave plots in Puna.


U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs


About three or four times today someone or some people from the Bureau of Indian Affairs has been spying on me here at my Livejournal. I do not blame them for an uncolonized mind is a threat to the colonizer(s.) That's for those deep thinkers out there. Anyway I really am not surprised that representatives of government entities spy on me. They can always see me as a white person... as I am part white. That way they won't slap the word "militant" on me lol Anyway I've been busy. In addition I return to the Washington DC area this Thursday. So far... still no aku palu for me :(




Giving Thanks


I no longer celebrate Thanksgiving because the premise of Thanksgiving or at least one of them is the covert celebration of the decimation of indigenous people. Or actually... of people. Thus for the last few years I have stopped cooking dinner (and I LOVE to cook) on Thanksgiving and instead celebrate Thanksgiving on another day. I know that others celebrate it differently and I respect that but just so people know... I won't be stuffing my face this Thursday. It will probably be on the weekend :) Even then I use it to celebrate the survival of people especially of indigenous people as every one is indigenous to some place. Specifically... to Africa lol Seriously... I hope that everyone has a wonderful day and a wonderful week.


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de_wynken
Nov. 21st, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
BIA sucks. Every rez should toss them the hell off. The smart ones already have.

One of the local BIA employees here got caught with little boy porn on his computer..and I think he hasn't been fired yet. What a joke.
steelgrrrlmai
Nov. 21st, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC)
so the Bureau of Incompetent Assholes is onto you? How'd you catch them?
Pfeh! fuck the BIA! buncha fucktards and child molesters. They do everything they can to fuck over NDN people, and do nothing and get paid for it. most of the money that is ours ends up in their pockets. Them and the FBI are enemies of indigenous people.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2005 10:19 pm (UTC)
Giving Thanks
Great to hear that you won't be celebrating the colonizer's fake-make-them-feel-good "holiday". Instead, for Hawaiians, let's celebrate our own holiday--Hawaiian Independence day on the 28th! Read on:

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Lä Kü‘oko‘a (Hawaiian Independence Day) was observed from 1844 until 1895, and for some years afterwards, unofficially. It marks the day, November 28, 1843, that the Ali‘i Timoteo Ha‘alilio succeeded in obtaining the signatures of the authorities of Great Britain and France on a treaty recognizing Hawai‘i as a sovereign nation. Ha‘alilio, with the missionary William Richards along as his secretary, traveled through Mexico on foot and donkey to Washington D.C., where they met President John Tyler. President Tyler agreed to the intent of the proposed treaty. Ha‘alilio and Richards, armed with his agreement, then went on to Europe, to Belgium, and Paris, and finally to London, where the treaty was signed. They returned to the United States to cement a U.S. agreement. Unfortunately, on December 3, 1844, on the journey home, Ke Ali‘i Timoteo Ha‘alilio died.

Although the treaty of independence did not solve Hawai‘i’s problem–being a target for colonizers–it was a substantial achievement under international law. This achievement was celebrated by the government and people of the kingdom through the official designation of "Lä Kü‘oko‘a".

However, after the overthrow in 1893, and the attempted counter-revolution of 1895,
the so-called Republic of Hawai‘i government announced that November 28, 1895–a Thursday–would not be celebrated as Lä Kü‘oko‘a. The American-style Thanksgiving would become the official national holiday instead. The po‘e aloha ‘äina–the thousands of Känaka Maoli opposed to the illegal government–were enraged. They ignored the government’s orders, and held celebrations of Lä Kü‘oko‘a instead.

At those gatherings, they told the story of Ha‘alilio’s journey and significant achievement. James Kaulia of the Hui Aloha ‘Äina (Hawaiian Patriotic League) said that the Känaka Maoli recalled with gladness the restoration and perpetuation of the independence of Hawai‘i, but that their happiness was mixed with feelings of distress because the right to independence had been snatched from the shoulders of the Känaka Maoli. He said, "Ke kü nei ke kanaka Hawai‘i me he kuewa lä, ‘a‘ohe ona ‘äina," (The Hawaiian person stands as a homeless vagabond, one who has no land). The colonizers of 1895-1896 not only deprived the Känaka Maoli of a national holiday; they enacted laws that caused us the loss of our language and the related loss of our own history. That process caused us to be deprived of even the memory of this national Känaka Maoli holiday…

In our current process of de-colonizing and remembering our own küpuna’s history, some are again celebrating Lä Kü‘oko‘a on November 28 this year (and every year from now on). There will be a gathering at the Kana‘ina Building on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace. Let us remember this day, e nä Känaka Maoli, and never forget the efforts of Ke Ali‘i Timoteo Ha‘alilio.


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nahele_101
Nov. 22nd, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
Pu uhonua o Honaunau is beautiful area...supposedly a lot of sharks hung out around there and ate hawaiians as they tried to swim there.

The B.I.A is a HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE government agency that to this day STILL works to bring down and destroy indigenous peoples.

bastards.
nickyad
Nov. 23rd, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
LOL...yeah the BIA "checks" in on our forum as well...about once a month or so...
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