A Nation Rising

Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land, and Sovereignty

A Nation Rising

Narrating Native Histories

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Book Pages: 416 Illustrations: 83 photographs Published: September 2014

Activism, American Studies, Native and Indigenous Studies

A Nation Rising chronicles the political struggles and grassroots initiatives collectively known as the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. Scholars, community organizers, journalists, and filmmakers contribute essays that explore Native Hawaiian resistance and resurgence from the 1970s to the early 2010s. Photographs and vignettes about particular activists further bring Hawaiian social movements to life. The stories and analyses of efforts to protect land and natural resources, resist community dispossession, and advance claims for sovereignty and self-determination reveal the diverse objectives and strategies, as well as the inevitable tensions, of the broad-tent sovereignty movement. The collection explores the Hawaiian political ethic of ea, which both includes and exceeds dominant notions of state-based sovereignty. A Nation Rising raises issues that resonate far beyond the Hawaiian archipelago, issues such as Indigenous cultural revitalization, environmental justice, and demilitarization.

Contributors. Noa Emmett Aluli, Ibrahim G. Aoudé, Kekuni Blaisdell, Joan Conrow, Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua, Edward W. Greevy, Ulla Hasager, Pauahi Ho'okano, Micky Huihui, Ikaika Hussey, Manu Ka‘iama, Le‘a Malia Kanehe, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Anne Keala Kelly, Jacqueline Lasky, Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor, Nalani Minton, Kalamaoka'aina Niheu, Katrina-Ann R. Kapa'anaokalaokeola Nakoa Oliveira, Jonathan Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio, Leon No'eau Peralto, Kekailoa Perry, Puhipau, Noenoe K. Silva, D. Kapua‘ala Sproat, Ty P. Kawika Tengan, Mehana Blaich Vaughan, Kuhio Vogeler, Erin Kahunawaika’ala Wright


"No other volume has addressed from so many perspectives the struggles involved in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement of the past four decades. Filled with the voices of senior Native Hawaiian scholars and activists, photos by Edward W. Greevy, telling vignettes, and an introduction that clarifies the stakes of the sovereignty movement, A Nation Rising is an invaluable resource." — Vicente M. Diaz author of Repositioning the Missionary

“The collection of essays is particularly impressive for its intermingling of information on historical processes, ongoing economic and ownership debates (including controversies associated with biocolonialism), and prospects for future mobilization and legal/policy victories against illegal occupation and misappropriation of the Hawaiian Islands.  Quite eye opening, especially for ‘mainlanders,’ colonizers, and their descendants. . . . Highly recommended." — B. Tavakolian, Choice

“Despite the dire situations of so many Kanaka Maoli living with the effects of mi I itary occupation, environmental destruction, mass tourism and the commodification of their culture, it is still necessary to have hope. … This book is part of that process: an 'oha growing and learning for a new day.” — Emalani Case, Asia Pacific Viewpoint

A Nation Rising is a well-executed contribution to contemporary Hawaiian history and the wider study of indigenous movements. It is also an accessible and essential entry point for academics and nonacademics interested in Native Hawaiian activism or contemporary Hawaiian politics.” — Kealani Cook, Journal of American History

"A Nation Rising is a unique resource for those who know Hawai'i primarily as a tourist destination and, equally, for those who live in the fiftieth state. A diverse collection, the volume introduces issues of activism and protest, self-determination and sovereignty, and sustenance and spirituality that contribute significantly to broader Native studies." — Judith Schachter, Canadian Journal of Native Studies

"[E]ditors Noelani Goodyear-Ka‘opua, Ikaika Hussey, and Erin Kahunawaika‘ala Wright have yet successfully assembled an intriguing, rich, and nuanced collection of diverse narratives. Duke University Press is also to be commended for their commitment to 'Narrating Native Histories,' a series that publishes many books by Kanaka Maoli scholars. Academics and activists interested in the theory and practice of national liberation struggles will find much to think about in A Nation Rising. Instructors, too, may wish to add A Nation Rising to their syllabi to encourage students to recognize that the mo‘olelo (story) of anticolonial struggle in Hawai‘i is far from over." — Gregory Rosenthal, Native American and Indigenous Studies

"A Nation Rising provides a diversity of stories and voices that document the contemporary Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement. The anthology successfully illustrates the lives of many Native Hawaiians who follow the paths established by their ancestors in their quest for ea." — Kehaulani Vaughn, American Indian Culture and Research Journal

"This volume will be of particular interest to indigenous scholars and students of Hawaiian history. The authors have highlighted and begun to address a gap in the history of Kanaka Maoli and have simultaneously provided a template for further storytelling." — Andrea Low, Pacific Affairs

"For Kanaka Maoli . . . the anthology breathes life into a history long-hidden from us and provides a mirror in which we can see ourselves without the distortion of haole voices of 'US History.' For the rest of the world, the book is perhaps even more important, as it leaves nowhere to hide from the ugly truths of the ongoing illegal occupation of a sovereign nation, and no way to ignore the voices of the ceaseless resistance of a nation always rising." — Natalee Kehaulani Bauer, Decolonization

"The editors of A Nation Rising have amply accomplished their stated aims and produced a collection that is essential reading for students and scholars of the political and cultural histories of settler colonialism, indigenous studies, and Hawaiian and related history." — Tracey Banivanua Mar, Western Historical Quarterly

"These are the voices of the beating heart of Kanaka Maoli resistance to the usurpation of Hawaiian land and nationhood. Strong words by good minds, the book is at once an honest reflection on the Hawaiian struggle and a motivating call to action to protect the land and waters and heritage. It is history, it is culture, it is wisdom, it is art, and it is an invaluable contribution to the literature of Indigenous resurgence."
— Taiaiake Alfred (Kahnawà:ke Mohawk), Professor of Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria


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Noelani Goodyear-Ka’opua is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She is the author of The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School.

Ikaika Hussey is the Founder and Publisher of the award-winning news magazine the Hawai‘i Independent. Ikaika has been a community organizer and advocate for Hawaiian independence for fifteen years.

Erin Kahunawaika’ala Wright is the Director of Native Hawaiian Student Services in the Hawai?inuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai?i at Manoa.

Edward W. Greevy is a freelance photographer whose career spans more than forty years.

Table of Contents Back to Top
List of Illustrations ix

About the Series xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction / Noelani Goodyear-Ka’opua 1

Part I. Life

Portrait. Marie Beltran and Annie Pau: Resistance to Empire, Erasure, and Selling Out / Anne Keala Kelly 36

1. Waiahole-Waikane / Jacqueline Lasky 48

2. "Our History, Our Way!": Ethnic Studies for Hawai'i's People / Davianna Pomaika?i McGregor and Abrahim Aoudé 66

3. E Ola Mau ka ?Olelo Hawai?i: The Hawaiian Language Revitalization Movement / Katrina-Ann R. Kapa?anaokalaokeloa Nakoa Oliveira 78

4. 4. Kaua?i: Resisting Pressures to Change / Joan Conrow 86

5. Ku i ka Pono: The Movement Continues / Manu Ka?iama 98

Portrait. Sam Kaha?i Ka?ai / Ty P. Kawika Tengan 115

Part II. Land

(Self-)Portrait. Puhipau: The Ice Man Looks Back at the Sand Island Eviction / Puhipau 126

6. Hawaiian Souls: The Movement to Stop the U.S. Military Bombing of Kaho?olawe / Jonathan Kamakawiwo?ole Osorio 137

7. Pu?uhonua: Sanctuary and Struggle at Makua / Kalamaoka?aina Niheu 161

8. Wao Kele O Puna and the Pele Defense Fund / Davianna Pomaika?i McGregor and Noa Emmett Aluli 180

9. A Question of Wai: Seeking Justice through Law for Hawai?i's Streams and Communities / D. Kapua?ala Sproat 199

10. Aia i Hea ka a Kane? (Where Indeed Is the Water of Kane?): Examining the East Maui Water Battle / Pauahi Ho?okanao 220

Portrait. Mauna a Wakea: Hanau ka Mauna, the Piko of Our Ea / Leon No?eau Peralto 232

Part III. Sovereignty

Portrait. Puanani Rogers / Micky Huihui 246

11. Outside Shangri La: Colonization and the U.S. Occupation of Hawai?i / Kuhio Vogeler 252

12. Make?e Pono Lahui Hawai?i: A Student Liberation Moment / Kekailoa Perry 267

13. Ka Ho?okolokolonui Kanaka Maoli, 1993: The Peoples' International Tribunal, Hawai?i / Kekuni Blaisdell, Nalani Minton, and Ulla Hasager 283

14. Ke Ku?e Kupa?a Loa Nei K/Makou (We Most Solemnly Protest): A Memoir of 1998 / Noenoe K. Silva 303

15. Resisting the Akaka Bill / J. Kehaulani Kauanu 312

16. Ku?e Mana Mahele: The Hawaiian Movement to Resist Biocolonialism / Le'a Malia Kanehe 354

Bibliography 363

Contributors 379

General Index 383

Index of Personal Names
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