What does Ola Lokahi mean?

The two Hawaiian words “Ola Lokahi” have layers of meaning that cannot be fully understood until they are felt.  Like many, if not most indigenous cultures, the language of Hawai’i is an oral tradition.  The written form was created in the early 1800’s when missionaries wanted to translate the Bible.  In some cases, the written form does not do justice […]

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Understanding Hawaiians (Na Kanaka Maoli)

Originally posted on Indigenous Medicine:
It is the year 2012 and the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi (PKOA) is finally recognized by the United Nations as an indigenous sovereign nation.  After many years of painstaking struggle, we as Hawaiians can finally return home.  The government of Atooi now has jurisdiction over the U.S. government, occupying Hawaii according to international law and the recognition by the UN.  You can find the headquarters of this nation on the island of Kauai.  The Ali’i Nui (High Chief) is Aleka (Dayne) Aipoalani (a direct descendant of Kaumuali’i) and the kingdom’s website is http://www.atooination.com.  PKOA is composed of peoples from diverse cultures whose relationships share the mission of ho’opono ‘aina (to make right with the land).  Hawaiians now have an opportunity to regain their stolen lands and government (1893 colonial possession by the U.S). Atooi is a far cry from my young days growing up on the Big Island of Hawaii, when land was continually swindled from the Hawaiian people by the corrupt practices of the new invaders.  My father knew every Hawaiian living in West and knew that these people never sold their land to anyone.  I believe the term he used was “adverse possession.”  This is when an individual or a group pays taxes on a specific parcel of land, and after seven years, can claim that land if no one else has paid taxes on it.  You can look it up in Black’s…

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