July 16th, 2005


Aku palu and crabs for Hawaiians

Tonight I found this pic that I took of the crab that I ate. As some people know... I love Hawaiian food. It's my favorite... especially aku palu. Remember it (aku palu pronounced "ah-kooh-puh-looh") looks like this:

Aku palu: Yummmmmm!

This is how the crab looks with seasoning (which is the Asian influence) (typical of Hawaiians as many Hawaiians are also Asian but not all Hawaiians are Asian nor are all Asians from Hawai'i Hawaiian):

Yum yum! I love poi too of course. Give me poi, aku palu, and ake (pronounced "ah-keh") and I'll be happy. Throw in some crab and I'm even happier. Yes... I'm THAT easy to please lol

Anyway if you want to see it close up (and I'm sure that people don't want to know how it looks close up LOL) well this is how it looks:

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Note that the crab is RAW. I know that it may gross people out but it's very very yummy. More importantly it symbolizes how much Hawaiians value the water, the sea, the land, etc. It is part of who we are. It also feeds us. Enables us to live. Our culture is similar to other native American cultures in that we have respect for the land. (Of course there are some Hawaiians with the koko yet they have little to no respect for the land.) Anyway sometimes you'll notice many indigenous people speaking up. It's partly because they know that what people do to the land and to the sea will affect them. To me that's admirable when people fight to preserve the land, the sea, the indigenous people, and of course part or parts of the Hawaiian culture. Thus my continued stance on the Hawaiian word "hapa." The Hawaiian language is part of WHO WE ARE. No one will nor can change my mind about that. Period. End of story. It is not open for "negotiation" haha!

Again... yum! For me anyway hehe When I ask another Hawaiian if they eat aku palu, ake, oia, aama, weke, etc and they tell me "No" then that tells me a lot.

For those Hawaiians who read this it's obvious that I like my Hawaiian food lol Well I give credit to my family like my mother and my maternal grandmother who exposed me to these foods when I was younger. When I have kids I will expose them to these foods. Unfortunately Hawaiian food is slowly disappearing. For example, look at the supposed poi shortage? Or... how many people know how to make ake? How many people EAT ake? It has a lot to do with supply and with exposure. That is why I think it's important for organizations like the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to be more productive and proactive in supplying the food of our culture like poi, ake, aku palu, etc. So far they haven't. Probably because they are too busy eating all of the poi so to speak. It seems as though they're forgetting the Hawaiian kids again which isn't right. Anyway other Hawaiians who read my journal probably understand this (and there are many other Hawaiians who do.)

Well next week I'll be eating aku palu, poi, opihi, and ake so I'm looking forward to going to Virginia next week. My parents are at my sister's house as she just gave birth to her fifth child. I'll post my new niece's pic when I can and/or when I feel like it hehe


Guy Kaulukukui PhD and NAGPRA

In a recent newpaper article about Guy Kaulukukui PhD:

"a native Hawaiian educator, filed suit Tuesday in Circuit Court against William Brown, president and chief executive officer of Bishop Museum since 2001, and other unnamed defendants.

The complaint alleged that Brown failed to comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act or caused the board or museum staff to violate its spirit and intent on several occasions."

The complaint also alleges the defendants violated Kaulukukui's rights under Hawaii's Whistleblower Protection Act, which protects employees who report suspected violations of law. Kaulukukui is seeking relief, including reinstatement to his former position and back wages.

(Source: http://starbulletin.com/2005/07/14/news/story8.html)

Here is link to his official website when he was running for a place on the Board of Education:


He has a PhD in Economics and is a 1978 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools: http://www.kaulukukui2004.org/index.php?topic=5

I find it interesting how Kaulukukui has filed suit because Hawaiians rarely if ever sue. This also raises some questions:

1. Do indigenous people have to sue in order for people to respect their artifacts under NAGPRA? I thought that NAGPRA was designed to protect us?

2. Since the artifacts are housed and maintained in a museum does it make it moe important than let's say protecting other part or parts of an indigenous culture or cultures? For example, clothing, language, food, etc that are not necessarily placed in museums.

3. Is this the future of NAGPRA where indigenous people will be suing suspected violators?

Cross-posted to hawaiians and to indi_issues

Well he is another Hawaiian whom I respect since he isn't allowing people to take part or parts of the Hawaiian culture like how some people are. I admire him. Why? Because it shows that he cares about children. Like this example from his website. Wren Westcoatt who is a 1986 Kamehameha Schools graduate from Molokai and he looks/looked really really Haole LOL Anyway this is what he said of Kaulukukui:

"Most people can remember a coach who really made an impact. That one coach who helped you grow as a person and develop as an athlete. A coach who made the sport come alive, and made you want to come to practice every day. A coach that consistently brought out energy, courage and talent that you didn't even know you had. Guy Kaulukukui was that kind of coach.

As my coach in high school, he turned a skinny kid from Molokai into a state champion. But he wasn't finished guiding me. Guy encouraged me to pursue teaching, and I went on to Stanford and the University of North Carolina for a master's degree in Education. Thanks to his guidance, I became a high school teacher, ran a Sylvan Learning Center, and founded what is now Hawaii's largest tutoring and college-prep organization."

Seen at http://www.kaulukukui2004.org/index.php?topic=8

I remember the name Kaulukukui. Well I used to run on the track... and run on the track team. Kaulukukui probably knows how I look as a brunette *LOL* Seriously... he has my utmost respect since he has dedicated/is dedicating some of his time and energy to Hawaiian children. Any person who dedicates their time and energy to children period gets my respect heehee

Also I'm not sure if people know but upon graduation from the Kamehameha Schools (see http://www.ksbe.edu) the student makes a verbal vow to help other Hawaiians. Unfortunately some people misinterpret the intentions of many Kamehameha Schools graduates but I don't blame them. It's not their fault because they don't know about this vow.

Anyway it's obvious to me that Kaulukukui is keeping his vow to help other Hawaiians which can be extremely difficult to do. I admire him.

Onipa'a. Stand firm. Don't let anyone get in your way. Or... if they do.. squish them *LOL*


Henry Opukahaia

I'm heading to Virginia this Wednesday and whenever I'm in Virginia I feel like Henry Opukahaia (1792 - 1818):

He was considered the first Hawaiian Christian.

Read more about him here:




However I'm not a Christian. Well I was baptized Protestant against my will when I was a baby at a church in Ka'u on Hawai'i. I was brainwashed I mean... they tried to brainwash me into thinking that I would go to Hell if I didn't accept Jesus Christ into my life. I don't judge those who choose to believe though. My mother is still a firm believer but for me... no... I don't consider myself a Christian. In fact she gets upset with me when I discuss Buddhism lol But to me... they traded Bibles for land and that is not right.

Anyway to some Opukahaia was an "educated" Hawaiian or... a "Haolefied" Hawaiian. That's me... a Haolefied Hawaiian but I can't help it. I'm Haole and Hawaiian lol