The Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana stands for the perpetuation of Aloha ʻĀina throughout our islands and we honor Mauna A Wākea, Haleakalā and all sacred places throughout Ko Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina as well as throughout the Hōnua. The Protect Kahoʻolawe ʻOhana strongly opposes the building of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) on Mauna A Wākea and stands as one in lōkahi with our Kiaʻi Mauna in the protection of Mauna Kea from further desecration.
On Pō‘aono, 10 ‘Aukake 2019, a contingent of Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana (‘Ohana) representatives along with a multitude of those that have participated on an ‘Ohana huaka‘i to Kanaloa-Kaho‘olawe solidified our commitment to stand in solidarity with our Kia‘i Mauna for the protection of Mauna A Wākea (Mauna Kea).
At the presentation of protocol during the Kau Ka Lā I Ka Lolo/ Awakea gathering, ‘Ohana presented oli and ho‘okupu of lei limu kala, wai from various places around our pae ‘āina, pa‘akai, and ‘awa. Senior Kua Craig Neff and Dr. Emmett Aluli spoke on behalf of the ‘Ohana, assuring and solidifying the ‘Ohana’s commitment to Aloha ‘Āina and honoring the sacrifices made by George Helm, Kimo Mitchell, and Aloha ‘Āina warriors that came before us. Both spoke of the parallels that the Kaho‘olawe movement and the Mauna a Wākea movement share.
The presentation was concluded with a beautiful rendition of Mele O Kaho‘olawe, sung by all present and accompanied instrumentally by Pō and the 4 Fathers. The song was also danced to by Aunty Davianna McGregor, Aunty Loretta Ritte, and Anuhea Borengasser. With the presentation of this mele, we also honor Kupuna Harry Kunihi Mitchell, whose ‘ike guided the ‘Ohana during its foundational years and the efforts to cease military use of the island.
Throughout the time that the ‘Ohana stayed at Pu‘uhuluhulu, we were honored by the presence of Lilinoe, who embraced us in her cool mist, as well as Kāne and Lono, whose clouds and light rain provided shade and blessings, even providing a kīpuka of clear weather after a morning of showers.
At the same time, our ‘Ohana participating on a huaka‘i to Kanaloa-Kaho‘olawe presented ho‘okupu at our ‘ahu on Moa‘ula Iki and Moa‘ula Nui to align intentions and hold space with those present at Pu‘uhuluhulu. The ‘Ohana on Kanaloa-Kaho‘olawe presented wai from Waiau, lei, oli, and hula. ‘Ohana were surrounded by the Nāulu clouds, that “enclosed the area like a dome, [allowing only a] glimmer of light to shine through [while ho‘okupu were being presented.] At the end of the ceremony, Nāulu lifted.”
As we reflect on the time that we spent at Pu‘uhuluhulu and on Kanaloa-Kaho‘olawe, we offer our aloha to our kūpuna on the front lines as well as those that have solidified their space and intentions on Mauna A Wākea since day one. We honor those that came before us that have laid the foundation in the movement for Aloha ‘Āina.
I mua nā pua, lanakila Kahoʻolawe. I mua nā pua, lanakila Maunakea. I mua nā pua, lanakila ka lāhui.