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I'm in the DC area again typing on a laptop. Well today Kalani wrote this:


"I've been saying to a little birdie. And that is, we all have our own battles to fight. My fight is no more nor less important than someone else's, all for the perpetuation of our people, our culture, our heritage. And they said that, about how it is our kuleana, our responsibility and basically we all have our own kuleana, whether it be to protect the arts, fishing, navigation, hula, language, etc. We all have our kuleana!

In other words, I do and have done what I needed to do in order to maintain our "identity" as Hawaiians or more specifically as 'Oiwi. Others (specifically Hawaiians) may not like it, but this is my kuleana. Ku kanaka!"




And he is right.


Each of us fights our own battles just as our kupuna did and damn... Hawaiians fought viciously throughout Hawaiian history like in the 1780s. Like WHOA fighting as in killing each other in battles and/or in wars. It was brutal. Brutal civil wars.





These days.... just because we disagree or share our manao that may seem anti-pro-Hawaiians does not necessarily mean that we are against pro-Hawaiians. All it means is that it is our mana o.


Also many people seem to forget that Kalaniopuu and Kamehameha as well as Kahekili, Keeaumoku, and Keoua attacked each other (not all at once mind you) and there were vicious wars between and among Hawaiians especially on the Big Island where some chiefs disagreed with seniority. However in the end what happened? In the end there was unity... of the Hawaiian Islands.


I was just reminded of that as I re-read a Hawaiian history book on the plane today. That fighting IS part of the Hawaiian culture and continues to be. However in the end like with Kamehameha there was unity and that is partly why I don't see it as a "bad" thing to disagree or even to "fight" with other Hawaiians because the end-product is unity... then and now.






I remember one of my trips. I sat down next to a great great grandson of Dr. Gerrit P. Judd:





He and I spoke about Hawaii and how his great great grandfather didn't lie to Hawaiians in order to obtain land like how other missionaries did. To me... he's right. Judd didn't try to trick Hawaiians like the other missionaries. Anyway it was cool to sit next to a descendant of one of the missionaries and he was cool to me and I told him I graduated from Kamehameha. He graduated from Punahou. He seemed super cool.


Anyway I'm heading to Virginia tomorrow. I feel like Henry Opukahaia some times hehe





Externally I am Haole... while internally my thoughts are often Hawaiian. By this I mean... ko u manao or "my thoughts"... in Hawaiian... literally and figuratively.









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jkrissw
Nov. 25th, 2005 02:05 am (UTC)
Try to find a copy of "Warrior King" by Richard Tregaskis, the same guy who wrote "Guadalcanal Diary". It's a biography of Kamehameha the Great, and a fascinating read. That's where I learned that our General McArthur studied Kamehameha's amphibious tactics (bypassing fortified places, etc.) when he was making the plan for island-hopping through the Pacific in WWII.
p0stmdrnpr1mt1v
Nov. 25th, 2005 02:57 am (UTC)
from what I recall, the colonizers worked to support that unifying to make it easier to colonize. they then only had one authority to deal with than the various factions.
jkrissw
Nov. 25th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
What was interesting to read was how Hawaii COULD have ended up as part of the British Empire. Apparently, Kamehameha became an Anglophile after the assistance of the English mercenaries who helped him (manned his cannon in battle, etc.) in the unification. That's why there's "Beretania" (the closest you can pronounce "Britannia" in Hawaiian) Street by the palace, and why the Hawaiian flag has components of the Union Jack in it. When he became nervous about the other imperial powers that were nosing around, he actually sent a letter to London REQUESTING that Hawaii come under the protection of the British Empire. (He was willing to enter into a client king relationship with them like various other monarchies in India and SE Asia had done.) Some idiot in the British Foreign Office apparently just sent back the 18th century equivalent of a form letter and a couple of military uniforms. The Brits could've ended up with Pearl Harbor instead of the US!
(Anonymous)
Nov. 25th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
Aloha, Lulu.
I mean, Good night, bebe.
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