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This is a sign at the entrance of Halemaumau or near it on Hawai'i. I was quite surprised that they have this sign to warn people of its cultural significance. However, the government charges us $10 per carload to visit our own land. Does that make sense to you? Well it doesnt to me. Its sacrilegious to me... and quite sad. I also find it offensive. They have a sign warning people not to violate the sight when they (the representatives of the U.S. government does the same to us Hawaiians.) Really... it makes me embarrassed to be an American when hypocrisy here is rampant. "Do not build anything on it yet I will build an observatory over all that is sacred to Hawaiians."

I have more pictures. I also have video footage which I will develop into a film about Hawaiians. Slowly but surely but what I really want to be is a hermit. I dont want to talk to anyone which doesnt make sense to many people but I love being Hawaiian and being close to the land. I believe it was Malcolm X who said, "One cannot love the plant and not the root" or something to that effect. Its just like with non-Hawaiians. Many love the land but despise the roots (i.e. Hawaiians) or they know little about us or they dont care about us. Some view Hawaiians as whiners but then I ask these people, "Is freedom of speech the same as whining? If thats how you view it then I suggest that you reread and re-educate yourself before expressing your ignorance." Alot of it has to do with ignorance. How many films are about Hawaiians by a Hawaiian? How many books are about Hawaiians written by Hawaiians? Not very many. Therefore many people ASSume things about Hawaiians which may not necessarily be true. Anyway I will post more pictures when I have time.


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Jul. 5th, 2003 06:44 pm (UTC)
You should make a documentary about how $$$ is asked out of us to see our sacred sites. Sorry, not see but to go there! Stupid ass concept. Or like how they block us from gathering whatever we need to gather for food or for any other thing.

Anyway, I like that about liking the plant not the root. I'm sure there's an olelo noeau similar to it...just gotta find it. I still have my retort. 'a'ole no i 'ike ke kanaka i na nani o kona wahi i hanau 'ia ai. But that's for people...hmm, for people like justin who was suggesting that I should get over it, something about me bringing up the past. *L* Fucking asshole.
Jul. 5th, 2003 07:06 pm (UTC)
I took so much footage... that some people noticed that I was videotaping them like at Bishop Museum LOL It was funny because I kept thinking of all of this directorial concepts in my head... as though I was directing a film. But youre right... should show things like that.

As for Justin... I believe he also said something about continuing to play the victim. That part doesnt make sense since none of your posts allude to that *L*
Jul. 5th, 2003 07:08 pm (UTC)
I know, and if he responds again w/o addressing it...I'll bring it up. *L*

You took pics. at the Bishop Museum? Lucky you.
Jul. 6th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC)
although very little, and I mean very little, certain native indian tribes have recieved land of their own, such a huge generous amount *sarcasm* Do natives Hawaiians have such a thing? I'm sure all the land is very important to them, but do certain areas have more sacred value then others? Like areas used for ceremonies, celebration, etc. Does the government give any consideration to any of this? I feel so bad, I never knew it was so bad for Hawaiian natives, it's just not someting you hear about often. I really agree that the rest of the country should know about this. It may seem so far away in the eyes of people, but it really isn't. It is something still new to the hearts of the people. Thanks for educating me about what is a part of the history of my country. Your history.
Jul. 11th, 2003 05:51 pm (UTC)
There are sacred temples called hei-au's in Hawai'i but throughout the islands there are places that are sacred yet we are charged access. WalMart is also building a Super WalMart over an ancient Hawaiian grave but they are removing the bones slowly. It just amazes what is not covered about Hawai'i in national news.
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