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I love this video essay! by Duke McAdow

This one covers a video essay and shows some Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians protesting the Ninth Circuit Court in California. Of course I love it when people fight for their rights and this one is especially cool because it covers Hawaiians which is very rare. It's about eight minutes long and shows how Hawaiians protest the status quo which I fully support.

A brief review:

1. Nainoa Thompson, a trustee of the Kamehameha Schools, also touches upon "conversion" without using the word as the personal property of Bernice Pauahi Bishop is being used without her consent which is illegal.

2. Kelii Brown, an alumnus of the Kamehameha Schools, describes "naau" and implies that it's not a good feeling to our guts that some people are still taking from Hawaiians.

3. A war chant (well to me it's a war chant) asking for people to unite for a single purpose because there is a war against Hawaiians. Therefore asking us to fight back together.

4. CEO Dee Jay Mailer who is a Kamehameha Schools alumna addresses the crowd explaining the impact on Hawaiian children.

Ending with "We're still here."

Hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did:


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Aug. 13th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
Mahalo for linking to the video!
Every so often, I make the rounds on the web and look at what's being said on the blogs and web sites about Hawaiian issues (yes, I'm a lurker). Imagine my surprise to find my video here!

Thanks for posting the video essay on your blog. I've had only positive responses since its premiere last May at the Pacific Edge Film Festival, but means so much more to me when another Hawaiian watches and acknowledges it. I'm happy to report that Noelani Jai - advocate and organizer of the march - watched it last week for the first time and approved highly. She is including it in her new blog which should be public sometime next week, I believe.

You mentioned something that was important to me when assembling the video: it shows Hawaiians in protest. Also, that it shows them protesting on the mainland. When I taped it, I thought I might just put excerpts on the web so people could see us giving our support in NorCal...but then the film festival came along, and I felt it was important to do something more. I'm just one Hawaiian, so I felt the only authority with which I could speak was my own experience, my own feelings and thoughts as a Hawaiian.

Anyway, thanks again for posting the video. Keep writing your blog (and posting around the net!). If you or anyone would like to contact me or would like to learn more, visit my MySpace page at:

Me ka mahalo,
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