Call It Murder: the Ecological Basis for Hawai’i’s De-Occupation by Will Falk via CounterPunch.org

11181489_10101386204681696_2023378660252820047_n“Resistance to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project on Mauna Kea has re-ignited the Hawaiian de-occupation movement. Many are calling the movement on Mauna Kea the largest mobilization of Kanaka Maoli since 37,000 of the surviving 40,000 Kanaka Maoli signed the Ku’e Petitions against annexation to the United States in 1897. A new generation of Kanaka Maoli that have been educated in the country’s first language immersion schools after the legality of the Hawaiian language was restored in 1978 understand their nation’s history, understand the genocide their people have endured, and are demanding that the United States leave.

Right now, most of the arguments for de-occupation rely on appeals to justice. To bolster their claims to sovereignty, Kanaka Maoli point to the fact that their nation as the Kingdom of Hawai’i was the first non-European indigenous nation to be admitted into the Family of Nations. They cite the dozens of treaties the Kingdom signed with Great Britain, France, and the United States in international courts to persuade legal tribunals of the rightness of their cause. They ask the United States – who officially admitted and apologized for the Overthrow in a 1993 Congressional Resolution – to right the wrong and grant Hawai’i independence.

Justice certainly demands de-occupation, but justice is running incredibly late for Kanaka Maoli. Something deeper than justice, something less abstract and more real, something overwhelmingly urgent demands de-occupation. The Hawaiian de-occupation is rooted in the most important imperative of all – life. Life, itself, demands de-occupation.”

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One response to “Call It Murder: the Ecological Basis for Hawai’i’s De-Occupation by Will Falk via CounterPunch.org

  1. Exactly right. In order to defeat capitalism in Hawai’i, we need the support from a significant portion of the 80% of the population who are non-Hawaiian. It is imperative for them to embrace fully restored sovereignty. Are people working on this? Certainly Hawaiian people are rightfully taking the lead, but they need countless teammates. Time to go beyond appealing only to Hawaiian history and culture and make it universal. Explain how the other nationalities who make Hawai’i their permanent home will benefit from liberation from the stranglehold of the Empire. Jon

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