They love us when we go along with what they want, but the minute the Hawaiian people say no to something, we are labeled protesters, anarchists...so we decided in 1996 to begin taking part in protecting/preserving Mauna Kea. We are Alii, and alii means servants or resource managers with a dab of holiness.
Kanaka rangers is modeled after a program in Australia where the indigenous peoples of those lands… the way that they saw fit… where you are getting the native indigenous people of those lands to take on kuleana of stewardship, also legislation and enforcement to those resources to belong to those people.
I was the first wahine, the first woman that was asked to stand up, so they put their handcuff/strips on me and walked me to the vehicle. There was silence, but there were tears, there were tears of love. The policemen wept, and we wept, and all of the young people wept in silence. And we asked to do that, and give every kupuna their day.
Sponsors: Kamehameha Schools Interviewer: Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp Description: http://keyproject.org/ (808) 239-5777 firstname.lastname@example.org Aulii Dudoit is the Executive Director at KEY Project. The... Read More