For my family and friends ™ (haolegirl) wrote,
For my family and friends ™
haolegirl

In defense of Hawaiian women... and of Hawaiian men


Someone had mentioned how terrible it is that Malcolm K. was hewa in stating that protecting the Hawaiian language is more important than protecting Hawaiian men, women, and children when it comes to domestic violence. She also mentioned the lack of Hawaiian feminist writing as well as a lack of support for feminism with Hawaiian women which surprises me because I am one of many Hawaiian women who are obviously feminist LOL Though I am not a femi-Nazi here is an excerpt of my response to her:


1. Well I read what Malcolm and Jere wrote and personal responsibility seems to be lost when discussing domestic violence or drug abuse. These Hawaiians have a choice yet they choose to be violent to others and/or to take drugs. This is addressed in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. In fact Haunani Apoliona just did it again recently addressing Hawaiians at the State of OHA Address:


http://www.oha.org/content.asp?ContentId=463


Also it is not up to Hawaiian sovereignty to stop the physical and/or mental abuse of men, women, and children. It takes men and women on the individual level to stop it. To blame the sovereignty group or... to blame Hawaiians for what a few or a handful of Hawaiians do is unjust to those Hawaiians who do not take part in domestic violence. Why make the innocent pay for what the guilty have done?


2. Sorry but I have to defend Hawaiian men and Hawaiian women in this case. I disagree with you on the lack of feminist writing. A quick look at http://www.sovereignstories.org [sic] shows signs of feminist writings.

Wakea Papa, Kaahumanu, Pele, Hiiaka, Haunani Apoliona, Haunani Kay Trask, Terri Kekoolani, and Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa are examples of the feminism then and now.


Also J. Kehaulani Kauanui PhD has written numerous articles which have appeared in the American Indian Quarterly, Amerasia Journal, Women's Studies International Forum, Pacific Studies, The Contemporary Pacific, and Social Text:

http://www.wesleyan.edu/templates/dept/anth/skeleton_faculty.htt?function=f1&department=ANTH&faculty=jkauanui


As for the paradigm shift... Hawaiian women ARE speaking out then and now... and have for centuries. Keanu Sai And Derek K. do not even try to silence Hawaiian women nor does Scott Crawford because they recognize the part Hawaiian women play. What it comes down to is personal responsibility. Hawaiian or non-Hawaiian individuals are responsible for taking part in domestic violence or not and for taking part in speaking up... or not. Also studies have shown that most women return to their batterers so it's not just Hawaiian men and I have to defend Hawaiian men because not all Hawaiian men are alike. Sure you have bad ones... but I wouldnt want the innocent ones to pay for what the guilty have done....


3. Also you mention that Hawaii cannot be free until its women are.

Sometimes these women have to free themselves.
That is where personal responsibility comes in.



Tags: david keanu sai, domestic violence in hawaii, feminism in hawaii, hawaii, hawaiian, hawaiian feminists, hawaiians, intra-national hawaiian relations, keanu sai, personal responsibility of hawaiians
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