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Kūʻike Kamakea-Ohelo - Aloha ʻĀina Activist - Hūnānāniho - Waimānalo - COVID 19 Series
This episode is a part of Native Stories COVID-19 Series highlighting community work within the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Kūʻike Kamakea-Ohelo is the son of HULI leader Kalani Ohelo. He shares with us on his work in his community highlighting the health crisis happening in Hawaiʻi and updates with Hūnānāniho (@hunananihouniversity). Learn more at www.nativestories.org
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Cortney Gusick of Pāhiki Eco-Caskets for COVID-19 Series
We introduce Cortney Gusick of Pāhiki Eco-Caskets (@pahikicaskets)! She informs us on death work, burial rights, advocacy, and education in the Hawaiian Kingdom for our COVID-19 community work series!
Tune in for this super interesting and enlightening episode on how we can reconnect to ʻāina.
Check out the Funeral Rule here!: https://www.ftc.gov/…/media-…/truth-advertising/funeral-rule
INPEACE Hawaiʻi - Sanoe Marfil - Noelani Napuelua Patronis - COVID-19 Community Work in the Hawaiian Kingdom
We introduce Sanoe Marfil and Noelani Napuelua Patronis from INPEACE Hawaiʻi (@inpeacehawaii)!
These mana wāhine talk to us about their work with Kānaka Maoli families, individuals, and people of Hawaiʻi for the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture — INPEACE. Located on the Waiʻanae Coast of Oʻahu a part of our COVID-19 community work in the Hawaiian Kingdom Series!
Learn more on the amazing programs they offer, innovative educational techniques during COVID19, and connecting Hawaiian Culture to present day wor
Miri Vidal Nuclear - Activist in 90ʻs - Papetoai, Moʻorea
New to Native Stories is Interviewer @_vehia_
Miri Vidal lives in Papetoai, Mo'orea. She is a Tifaifai-quilt maker (traditional Tahitian quilt maker), an activist for nuclear reparations and justice, a mother and a grandmother. Miri was living on O'ahu, Hawai'i during the 1990's at the height of the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific (also known as NFIP) era. During this time, France had been conducting nuclear tests on Tahiti, French Polynesia for decades. France started nuclear testing in French Polynesia in 1966 until 1996, conducting between 175-188 nuclear tests on Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls. France was taking part in the world “nuclear arms race” where nuclear tests were being developed by large industrial countries as a means of warfare. Other examples would be the US nuclear tests on Bikini Island in Micronesia during the 1950’s. Miri was a representative of Tahiti and the NFIP activists of Tahiti in Hawai'i. She gave speeches with Mililani Trask during NFIP marches and protests, and frequented Kekuni Blaisdell's house for discussions on Pacific sovereignty. And during the 90's, she brought over a group of Kanaka Maoli activists to Tahiti to bridge the islands and build solidarity during the anti-colonial military movement. Miri Vidal was born in the south of France from Tahitian parents in 1953 during the French Algerian War, a war of Algerian resistance to French nuclear testing on their land. Being in the military, her father was then transferred to Madagascar, and they travelled by a French cruise ship through the Suez Canal to the island of Madagascar, who were at the beginning of their Independence from France in 1962-65. Her travel through the Suez Canal, stopping in the Middle East on different port stops gave her an opportunity to experience and see many different cultures from around the area. She moved to Tahiti in 1966, and lived with her Aunty and Uncle. Her Uncle was a renown photographer for a French magazine among other things. Her experience living in Tahiti brought her into contact with many politicians from Tahiti and France and many others from local bourgeoise class and navy, there to implant the nuclear testing in Moruroa, Hao & Fangataufa.
You can contact Miri on her FB pages
Pictured on Top: (L-R): Man with hat is from Rapa Nui (name unknown), Imai Kanahele, Miri Vidal, Soli Niheu, Aunty Terry Kekoʻolani
Native Stories previously interviewed Imai and Terrilee.
Kealani Cook - McKinley's Wars and Influence on Annexation
Kealani Cook is a History teacher at University of Hawaii - West Oahu. He is the author of Return to Kahiki. He tell us the story of Hawaiʻi relationship to the Spanish-American and Philippine-American War.
Hawaiʻi is in many ways not just the start of US overseas empire, but also the last time the US seemed to actually pay any real regard to the will of native peoples when looking at expansion. Essentially the withdrawal of the first treaty of annexation by Cleveland and the defeat of the second one in the Senate signaled a basic failure of the imperialists to push through the isolationist and at least nominally pro-democracy sentiments of 19th century US foreign policy.
The Spanish American war, however, opens up the floodgates. Though reluctant to get into the war, it getʻs McKinley the chance to grab Hawaiʻi, which he had wanted when he signed the second treaty, and then the massive popularity combined with the expansionist group within his own admin leads him to embrace empire, both in the war itself (Seizing the Philippines, Guam, and PR in the Treaty of Paris and also completing the long stalled negotiations with Germany and the UK over Sāmoa) and in his reelection campaign in 1900.
The Philippine American war is really the conclusion of all this and sets the tone for the US’s foreign wars of occupation up through the present day. Getting into the war we actually supported Filipino Nationalist like Aguinaldo, we saw them as the same as the Cuban independence fighters we were supposedly helping when we attacked Spain. But really Quickly it turns, and McKinley grabs it in treaty negotiations and sends out guys like Otis with the express purpose of putting down any nationalist forces and creating a colony. The atrocities that followed are typical of wars of occupation, which we see in the US plains before that, but also in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.
Hiʻilani Shibata - COVID-19 Series - Eaducator, Cultural Consultant - Ka Mahina Project
Native Stories introduces Hiʻilani Shibata. Who has been sharing the essence of ALOHA with those who work in the visitor industry of Hawaiʻi for over 20 years. An educator, cultural consultant, practitioner of lomilomi. She also is theco-founded Ka Mahina Project, a startup that connects the stories of the moon to people.