Category: 50th Anniversary of Statehood of Hawai’i

Sep 11 2009

Photographers and Videographers

Editors are usually the ones who choose what they want to show and/or what they want to be seen while photographers and videographers capture glimpses of life.

Here are some pictures of some of these people that were taken at the peaceful protest :)

Of course much of what happened at the peaceful protest was decreased to sound bites. However it lasted longer and had many more people than what some of the local press would like some people to believe. It was amazing… and amazingly peaceful.

Sep 10 2009

Intimidation and/or Harassment of Hawaiians by Some Law Enforcement Officers

One of my best friends is a law enforcement official with over 20 years of experience and is a head of a department. I have the utmost respect for what some law enforcement officers do in their line of work. However at the peaceful protest there seemed to be an undercurrrent of intimidation and/or harassment of Hawaiians by some law enforcement officers. I took some pics which are below.

First of someone who identified herself as a reporter from the Honolulu Starbulletin:

Reporter for Honolulu Starbulletin

Reporter for Honolulu Starbulletin

 

Some photographers who took some pictures of the peaceful protestors:

Photographers Rudely Capturing Some Hawaiians' Mana Head On

Photographers Rudely Capturing Some Hawaiians' Mana Head On

 

Law enforcement officers kept telling us to stay within the cones for “our safety” and I don’t state this to incite but it verged on the brink of harassment based on the national origin of Hawaiians:

A law enforcement officer in the middle

A law enforcement officer in the middle

A law enforcement officer on the right of the picture

A law enforcement officer on the right of the picture

 

A law enforcement officer on the right of the screen who kept telling us to stay within the cone area for "our safety"

A law enforcement officer on the right of the screen who kept telling us to stay within the cone area for "our safety"

 

More law enforcement officers

More law enforcement

My overall review of law enforcement officers that day was that they were doing their job. However I am female and I noticed that the male officers seemed to try to intimidate and/or harass the males who were peacefully protesting *more.*

Of course the local *biased* press showed only what they want people to see.

I will post some videos and more pictures later :)

Sep 02 2009

Andre Perez

E kala mai for posting his image here since he has very strong mana but it was refreshing to see Andre Perez at the peaceful protest on August 21, 2009. When I take pictures of other oiwi I try to take pictures from the side and/or posterior because I don’t want to capture their strong mana. It was awesome standing near Andre Perez. You can feel his strong MANA:

Andre Perez

Andre Perez

Ironically my cousin and I planned to stand way way way in the back but we ended up way way way in the front. I was going to carry Queen Lili’uokalani’s flag which is an HONOR but deferred it to my two nieces since they will be helping to carry the iwi into the next centuries.

I will be posting more pictures soon :-)

Malama pono,

Lana Ululani Robbins

Aug 17 2009

Join Us In a Peaceful Protest in Support of Ko Hawai’i Pae Aina

Join Us In a Peaceful Protest in Support of Ko Hawai’i Pae Aina

After 50 years of being misled, Hawaiians are challenging a long history of misinformation leading to the creation of the State of Hawai`i and the commemoration of 50 years of its existence. Join us in challenging U.S. propaganda by calling attention to the ‘real story’ and asserting Hawaiian independence.

Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians are cordially invited.

When – Friday, August 21, 10 AM – 1 PM

Where – From Ala Moana Park (Diamond Head side entrance) to Hawai`i Convention Center


Queen Lili'uokalani. Credit: Honolulu Starbulletin

Queen Lili'uokalani. Credit: Honolulu Starbulletin

Please wear black in solidarity and carry or wear a ti leaf.

This event is spearheaded by the Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance and the Institute for Hawaiian Affairs, with support from Hawaii People’s Fund and Ka Lei Maile Alii Hawaiian Civic Club.

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* Reposted with some additions

* ‘Ola Na Iwi

Aug 09 2009

Hawaiians: 50th Anniversary of “Statehood” of Hawai’i – Posted by Lana Ululani Robbins

Hawaiians: 50th Anniversary of “Statehood” of Hawai’i

As usual some of the local press collude with the state and federal government to make it seem as though Hawaiians are less than human. In today’s Honolulu Advertiser the editors printed a story called,

“Hawaii’s move into statehood traumatic for many Hawaiians .”

It can be seen here.

 

They try to make it seem as though we are acting like victims. We did not name that column that. Instead the editors did.

However Hawaiians do not view themselves as victims. Instead they view themselves as survivors. Survivors who will continue to fight for their rights. Hawaiians will never stop doing so.

Unfortunately as usual the local press in Hawai’i collude with the state and federal government to try to influence the general public to view us as less than human.

It is not surprising.