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Police killings and education in occupied Hawai‘i
What Hawai‘i can, and must, learn from the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile Read More »
Essay

Human Rights Issues »

An open letter to the brave members of the Kamehameha Schools class of 2016
The decision by certain graduating Kamehameha seniors to remain seated during the "Star-Spangled Banner" should be celebrated as an act of independent thought deserving of praise, not condemnation. Read More »
Opinion

Indigenous issues »

McCarthy’s ghost
Civil rights boycotts are a form of protected First Amendment expression because they are, too often, the last peaceful means available to an oppressed people and their supporters in calling for justice. Read More »
Opinion
A kiaʻi kai movement
Ocean guardianship, cultural seascape protection and the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Read More »
Opinion

Sustainability » Indigenous issues »

What really happened at the ʻAha, part V
The purpose of the ʻAha is fulfilled and a federal recognition-friendly constitution is adopted, but the call for true self-determination still grows louder. Read More »
First-Hand Report

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Student Deaths at the University of Hawai’i: Part III
It's been over two weeks since a freshman at UHM died on campus after falling from one of the dorms, and administration has communicated nothing to the larger community about the event or resources students and faculty can access if they are troubled by it. Students and faculty should not find out via gossip and surmise. Read More »
Essay

UH System Woes »

What really happened at the ʻAha, part IV
The international committee struggles to have its alternative documents to the federal-recognition constitution put before the participants for consideration. Read More »
First-Hand Report

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Bernie made me white →
How mainstream media tried and failed to whitewash Bernie Sanders’ Hawaii win
Link

Civics »

ntrsctn »
Poems for Fiji after Cyclone Winston
"I dreamt last night / that brown bodies, again, / were under water." Read More »
Poem

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

What really happened at the ʻAha, part III
Impediments to carrying out the people’s business continue throughout the final days of the convention. Read More »
First-Hand Report

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Poetry for the ʻōhiʻa tree (2)
#ʻōhiʻalove and other poems of strength, sadness and hope Read More »
Poem

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

A new EAducation
An interview with the young immersion-educated Hawaiian scholar who started Mauna Media to document, first-hand, the nearly year-long TMT blockade. Read More »
Interview

Indigenous issues »

What really happened at the ʻAha, part II
Whitewashed press releases, a sinister state bill and a flippant disregard for the rules of the convention Read More »
First-Hand Report

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Poetry for the ʻōhiʻa tree
"Inā ʻaʻole lākou, ʻaʻole kākou" ("If there is no them, there is no us") Read More »
Poem

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

What really happened at the Aha, part I
A look at what went on behind the closed gates of the Royal Hawaiian Golf Course last month. Read More »
First-Hand Report

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

I am a colonial settler
On the awareness and responsibilities required of settling in Hawaiʻi. Read More »
Essay

Indigenous issues »

Hawaiian leaders condemn Naʻi Aupuni ʻAha
Hawaiian community leaders are protesting the Naʻi Aupuni ʻAha today, and have issued a signed declaration rejecting the process and calling on other Hawaiians to do the same. Read More »

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Out to dry
High time to address river diversions in Waimea canyon Read More »
Opinion

Land and Water Use »

Interview with Marti Townsend, Executive Director of the Hawaiʻi Sierra Club → Interview

Sustainability »

theumiverse »
Governor Ige’s second state of the state
The governor lays out his intentions for this year: preserving ag land on Maui, revisiting the TMT project, moving the Oahu Correctional Facility to Halawa, houselessness and investing in technology among priorities. Read More »
Verbatim

Ige Administration »

Former Cancer Center director failed to disclose major financial conflicts of interest
Dr. Michele Carbone violated federal regulations when he failed to disclose both his additional annual income from expert testimony in asbestos litigation and the $4.3 million gift he received from a company involved in ongoing asbestos litigation that he is using in his mesothelioma research. Read More »
News Report

UH System Woes »

Naʻi Aupuni’s annexation
Naʻi Aupuni's decision to allow all 196 candidates to participate in February's planned convention is an illegal attempt to circumvent the U.S. Supreme Court and proves that its purpose, all along, was to ensure federal recognition. Read More »
Essay

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Black eco-poetics Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Pivot and Pathway
The TPP and its corresponding and supporting military "pivot" have been impacting the lives of Pacific peoples for years through military-industrial buildups, the removal of indigenous self-determination, environmental degradation and wealth extraction. Read More »
Discussion

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Pacific Pivot » Military »

Nuclear and heliographic poetry Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

The poetry of plastic
Plastic is a normal part of our everyday lives, environments and even bodies; poems about plastic help us to truly see its impact, entanglements and dangers. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Creating a compassion contagion at UH Manoa
Institutional compassion is different from individual compassion, and it's lacking at the university's flagship campus when it comes to student death protocol. Read More »
Discussion

Public Health » UH System Woes »

The poetry of extinction
After discussing creation stories last week, we turn to extinction stories this week, another important theme in eco-poetics. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Creation stories & indigenous eco-poetics
eco-poetics week 6 Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Pondering independence

Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Aha may fail to give Hawaiians true self-determination
As OHA and Na‘i Aupuni push forward toward the election of delegates to a Hawaiian government convention, the U.S. government is paving the way for Hawaiians to become federally recognized as a tribe. Read More »
Feature

Hawaiian Sovereignty » Indigenous issues »

The ongoing struggle for civil rights in Hawaii
The casual racism and the more ominous state-sponsored oppression that the TMT episode has brought to the surface are reminders that, like oppressed people throughout America and the world, Hawaiians are still fighting for civil liberties and equality under the law. Read More »
Essay

Human Rights Issues » Thirty-Meter Telescope »

The poetry of disaster
The poetry of disaster can open up a space for solace and solidarity, sympathy and empathy, education and awareness, and to share our trauma and resilience. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Supreme Court rejects Kyo-ya’s bid to build new Waikiki hotel
Hawaii’s highest court has overturned a city variance granted to Kyo-ya Hotels that would have allowed them to construct a new building along Waikiki Beach outside the developmental restrictions enacted for the Waikiki Special District. Read More »
News Report

Environmentalism »

The ocean in us
Week four of Pacific Eco-Poetics focuses on our relationship to the Ocean. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Waikiki, Raw Sewage, and the Necro-Pastoral
Pacific Eco-Poetics Week 3: The necro-pastoral aims to make us look at death, sin, evil, fear and destruction so that we might consider our mortality, morality and ethics. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Land is power in Honolulu Hale
All nine Honolulu council members and the mayor owe their positions, in large part, to donors with strong ties to Hawaii’s powerful land development interests. Read More »
Analysis

Ho‘opili development » Ewa Development Plan » Rail » Land and Water Use »

Pacific Eco-Poetics week 2: solastalgia
In these poems, the natural world is longed for because of its association with home, innocence, family, peace, sustenance and nurturance. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Kuleana and Lanakila Mangauil
The third part of our profile on the Mauna Kea movement leader examines Mangauil’s interpretation of his duty to protect the land, his people's culture and their right to self-determination. Read More »
Feature

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Ige should make Children and Youth Day a state event Essay

Civics »

Right wing ruckus
HIRA leadership lashes out at state GOP chair (again) for failing to increase the number of elected Republicans in Hawaii. Read More »
Verbatim

Hawaii Politics »

Intro to Pacific Eco-Poetics
The Hawaii Independent is pleased to present a series exploring eco-poetics and eco-criticism, featuring poems, reflections and critiques about the environment, climate change and more. Read More »
Serialization

Pacific Eco-Poetics »

Lanakila Mangauil and the foundation for kapu aloha
Part two of our profile on Joshua Lanakila Mangauil examines the origins of the kapu aloha, a Hawaiian philosophy of non-violence and respect that the Mauna Kea defenders are using to deflect development advances on the sacred mountain. Read More »
Feature

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Hawaiian Sovereignty »

Why UH Manoa needs a student death protocol
A small group of students and faculty at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has been trying to get the administration to create a humane protocol for handling tragedy on campus, and to better advertise mental health services, for nearly a year. Read More »
Essay

UH System Woes »

How Lanakila Mangauil came to Mauna Kea
The first installment of a three-part profile of Joshua Lanakila Mangauil, based on interviews conducted over several weeks. Read More »
Feature

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Hawaiian Sovereignty »

BLNR to discuss Pohakuloa lawsuit on Friday
The Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, which represents the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, will offer testimony at Friday's board meeting. So can you. Read More »
News Report

Pohakuloa Training Area » Military »

TPP could draw U.S. into Asia territorial disputes
The trade deal comes with strengthened military ties between the U.S. and East-Asian nations, some of which are already involved in regional territorial disputes with China. Read More »
Analysis

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Globalization »

The TPP and Brunei’s regressive human rights policies
The massive trade deal could impact the United States' ability to legitimately condemn human rights abuses in the Asia-Pacific region. Read More »
Analysis

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Globalization »

Still feeling the Bern
As the weeks go by, "foolhardy" faith in a Bernie Sanders victory continues to look less and less foolish. Read More »
Opinion

Civics »

TPP protesters stand for self-determination, democracy, the environment
Several hundred gathered at Kaanapali beach yesterday for a demonstration against the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal being negotiated in secret on Maui this week. Read More »
News Report

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Globalization »

Sanders campaign kicks off with 24 gatherings across Hawaii
Supporters of progressive Democratic contender for President of the United States, Bernie Sanders, are holding 3,520 kick-off parties across the U.S. today, with 103,249 confirmed so far. Read More »
News Report

Civics »

Stand against the TPP and the corporate takeover of the Pacific
The secret trade negotiations being conducted on Maui will threaten the self-determination of millions and the longevity of our environment—unless we make our opposition heard. Read More »
Essay

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Globalization »

Hawaii doesn’t need NextEra to create a renewable energy future
The governor's rejection of NextEra's proposed buyout of Hawaii's electric utility can, and should, open the door for a public option, in which the people of Hawaii take charge and lead the nation into a better future themselves. Read More »
Essay

Sustainability »

UHM faculty condemn academic freedom violations
The university's College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources has restricted and violated one of it's own professor's academic freedom, and a group of his professional colleagues are speaking out against his mistreatment. Read More »
Verbatim

UH System Woes » Pesticide concerns »

TPP talks come to Hawaii
TPP negotiators will be on Maui at the end of the month, hoping to bring the deal to a conclusion: What history will be made? Read More »
Analysis

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Pacific Pivot » Globalization »

What oppresses Native Hawaiians oppresses us all
In recognizing that neoliberalism oppresses us all, and connecting the ways in which it does, we can learn to break free of its destructive hold over our society, both here in Hawaii, and globally as well. Read More »
Essay

Human Rights Issues » Globalization » Indigenous issues »

What killed Hawaii’s sex trafficking bill?
A step in the right direction toward combating sex trafficking in Hawaii has been torpedoed by some of the very people trying to end the exploitive practice; the evidence points to internal political squabbling as the reason. Read More »
Discussion

Human Trafficking » Hawaii Politics » Ige Administration »

State attempts to torpedo Kapu Aloha
A proposed “emergency rule” on the BLNR’s Friday meeting agenda is aimed at breaking up the encampment of protesters on Mauna Kea—the only thing stopping the Thirty-Meter Telescope from being built right now. Read More »
Discussion

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Sex trafficking ban must become law
If the governor vetoes Hawaii's proposed anti-sex trafficking law, the 50th state will remain the only state in the union without such a ban, and the islands will remain open for "business" to pimps and johns. Read More »
Essay

Human Trafficking » Ige Administration »

Maintaining Kapu Aloha even in the face of violence
At least two incidents of vehicular violence have been committed atop Mauna Kea against its protectors, even as state agencies accuse protectors of endangering public safety through their blockade. Read More »
First-Hand Report

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Prosecutor pushes governor to veto anti-sex trafficking bill
Hawaii's progressive sex-trafficking bill is in danger of being vetoed by the governor, at the Honolulu prosecutor's urging. Read More »
News Report

Human Trafficking » 2015 Hawaii Legislative Session »

Mauna Kea, technology, and kuleana Essay

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

TPP fast-track legislation passes, but the fight is not over Discussion

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Globalization »

TMT construction on hold again
The state government discovered large boulders blocking the road to the TMT construction site which it is working on clearing today. Read More »
Verbatim

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

TPP opposition grows in Hawaii
Coalition of labor, environmental, Native Hawaiian, farmer, and social justice groups urges bold opposition to “fast tracking” the Trans-Pacific Partnership Read More »
News Report

Globalization »

On renaming Hawaii
De-memorializing the violence of colonial imperialism by abandoning the names of oppressors currently commemorated in our street, school and place names. Read More »
Essay

Human Rights Issues »

Neighbor island data confirms houselessness on the rise
The state released the neighbor island data from its 2015 Point in Time count today and, in all counties but Kauai, the number of houseless citizens has increased. Read More »
News Report

Houselessness »

Republican reps ask Souki to stand down on ethics commission complaint
State reps. Ward and McDermott say the speaker has overstepped his authority, praise commission's executive director, Les Kondo, for his firm enforcement of the state ethics code. Read More »
News Report

Open Government » Hawaii Politics »

Study shows sit-lie laws have worsened Honolulu’s houseless problem
A new study shows the city's policy of “compassionate disruption” and its accompanying sit-lie laws cause significant property and economic loss, physical and psychological harm and very likely violate certain constitutional rights. Not only that, they make it much harder for houseless people to get off the streets and into permanent housing. Read More »
News Report

Houselessness »

It’s not okay to be dumb, haole
A response to Sylvia Dahlby's May 18th op-ed in Civil Beat Read More »
Opinion

Hawaiian Sovereignty » Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Senate dems push for foreign policy shifts
U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) have released new, "forward-looking" foreign policy principles that they hope will do a better job guiding America in its role as a global leader in the 21st Century. Read More »
Verbatim

Globalization »

Gov. Ige to sign nation’s first 100 percent renewable energy requirement
All of Hawaii's electricity must be produced from solar, wind, geothermal, and other clean energy sources, before 2045. Read More »
News Report

Climate change » Environmentalism »

Mauna Kea lawsuit heads to Hawaii Supreme Court
The Hawaiʻi Supreme Court now has two telescope-related lawsuits on its plate, the other being the Solar Telescope case on Maui. Read More »
News Report

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Come along and ride The Bus of change
Advocating for greater public participation in environmentally-friendly day-to-day practices and habits Read More »
Essay

Climate change » Environmentalism »

Mayor Caldwell announces temporary housing plan for houseless
Mayor Caldwell announced a plan to build Hale Mauliola, temporary modular housing, and to provide services for houseless on Sand Island site. Read More »
Press Release

Houselessness »

Okinawa governor visits Hawaii, asks for solidarity
Among important issues to Okinawans both in Hawaii and Okinawa is the proposed new military base in Henoko and the U.S. military presence in general. Read More »
News Report

Military » Pacific Pivot »

OHA pushes forward with Nai Aupuni despite concerns
Despite vocal opposition and community concerns raised at OHA board meetings in late April, 2015, the board has decided to go forward with a nation building process spearheaded by a new organization: Na‘i Aupuni. Read More »
News Report

Hawaiian Sovereignty » Indigenous issues »

Governor Ige announces changes to stewardship of Mauna Kea
The governor supports the TMT's right to move forward as well as public right to protest; charges UH with doing a better job serving the mountain's best interests. Read More »
Press Release

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Land and Water Use »

Asphalt stockpiling resumes in Kamilo Nui Valley
Resident concern is mounting over asphalt, debris and water flow impacts on the valley. Read More »
News Report

Land and Water Use »

HSTA election debacle signals need for change
A former HSTA member's perspective on the election debacle. Read More »
Opinion

Public education system » Labor »

Senate committees finalized
After the senate shakeup that happened at the tail end of the legislative session, the State Senate, now under Ron Kouchi and the Opihi faction, has announced its newly formed committees and their chairs. Read More »
Announcement

Hawaii Politics »

HSTA election debacle headed to the courts
The campaign team that received a majority of votes during the union's recent officers election has announced that it intends to sue to overturn the recent decision to throw out the election results and hold a new election. Read More »
News Report

Public education system » Labor »

Science, time, and Mauna a Wākea: part two
How science and time are each used as tools to promote Western notions of progress like the TMT, while suppressing indigenous viewpoints and concealing a history of capitalist-colonialist violence. Read More »
Essay

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

Caldwell vetoes Bill 6: sit-lie expansion
The mayor also offered the City Council a replacement bill which his office feels is legally more sound than the council's Bill 6. Read More »
News Report

Houselessness »

We do deserve better
An HSTA member's point of view of the union's election debacle. Read More »
Opinion

Public education system » Labor »

Schatz opposes TPP fast-track authority
The Hawaii Senator gave a speech in Washington D.C. today in opposition to legislation that would authorize fast-track authority over the trade agreement for the president. Read More »
Verbatim

Trans-Pacific Partnership » Globalization »

Mayor Caldwell signs bill to rezone land for Ho‘opili
Mayor Caldwell today signed Bill 3 (2015) into law, rezoning land in West O‘ahu for the Ho‘opili development. Read More »
Verbatim

Ho‘opili development » Ewa Development Plan »

The silencing of Hector Valenzuela
As the University of Hawai‘i was cozying up to GMO giant Monsanto, one of the school’s professors says that he was forced to tolerate a climate of “bigotry, retaliation and hostility” for speaking out about the potential risks of genetic engineering. The university disputes his charges. Read More »
Feature

Pesticide concerns »

The toxic truth
We trust our government to keep us safe through the regulation of companies like Monsanto and of products like Roundup; but should we? Read More »
Discussion

Pesticide concerns »

From Sugar to Monsanto
Today’s occupation of Hawaii by the Agrochemical Oligopoly Read More »
Feature

Pesticide concerns » Globalization » Trans-Pacific Partnership »

Science, time and Mauna a Wākea: the Thirty-Meter Telescope’s capitalist-colonialist violence
The ‪TMT‬ is, in fact, a part of a legacy of colonial-capitalist violence committed against Hawaii and Hawaiians, regardless of its scientific merit. Read More »
Essay

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

Solidarity between Hawaii, Okinawa on U.S. militarism
Last week, protestors of another planned U.S. military base in Okinawa rallied outside the Japanese embassy in a show of solidarity with Hawaiians and other occupied indigenous peoples around the world. Read More »
News Report

Military » Pacific Pivot »

Hawaii to adopt 100 percent renewable portfolio standard
Together with bills on solar PV and UH energy goals, HB623 accelerates the state’s energy push to 100 percent renewable by the end of 2045. Read More »
News Report

Sustainability »

A non-indigenous defense of Mauna Kea
We've heard from multiple members of the lāhui about the importance of stopping the TMT project, but here's why non-Hawaiians should be invested in the Mauna Kea struggle too. Read More »
Opinion

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

OHA stops short of opposing TMT
The trustees decided that the neutral "rescind" option was a more strategic move than outright opposition, but many of the gathered members of the Hawaiian community were visibly (and audibly) disappointed that OHA did not take a stronger stance on the issue. (Includes video footage.) Read More »
First-Hand Report

Thirty-Meter Telescope »

Hawaiian rights scrutinized, not considered, during TMT contested case
A response to Ian Lind's Civil Beat column, "Dangerous Intersection of Social Policy and the ‘Sacred.’" Read More »
Discussion

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Indigenous issues »

Environmental groups oppose gutting of environmental funds
15 environmental groups have written an open letter to the State House and Senate finance committee chairs urging them not to appropriate money from, or modify in an any way, several vital environmental funds. Read More »
Press Release

Environmentalism » 2015 Hawaii Legislative Session »

Sovereignty pains
The journey toward self-determination for Native Hawaiians does not come without its own form of growing pains. Read More »
Feature

Hawaiian Sovereignty » Indigenous issues »

Kauai delegation delivers strong message to Syngenta, Swiss lawmakers
A group of Kauai residents has been in Switzerland educating the Swiss public and shareholders of Swiss company Syngenta about the company's use of pesticides in Hawaii and its lawsuit against Kauai County, much to the chagrin of the company itself. Read More »
News Report

Pesticide concerns »

Mauna Kea and the awakening of the lahui
Multiple generations of campaigners are rallying around Mauna Kea as a symbol for the larger issues of self-determination and Aloha ʻĀina in what is becoming one of, if not the, largest mobilizations of Hawaiian activism in decades. Read More »
Feature

Thirty-Meter Telescope » Hawaiian Sovereignty » Indigenous issues »