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By Scott Crawford, Hana, Maui

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OHA transfers nation-building task

By Timothy Hurley

Honolulu Star-Advertiser

May 29, 2015

In a move to maintain its neutrality, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is handing off responsibility for the final stage of its nation-building campaign to a new group that will independently administer an election of delegates, convention and final ratification vote.

Na’i Aupuni, […]

‘Aloha’ movie is Crowe’s ‘love letter’ to the isles

Director Crowe calls ‘Aloha’ his ‘love letter’ to the isles By Ed Rampell / Special to the Star-Advertiser

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, May 28, 2015

Native Hawaiian sovereignty activist Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele, left, with Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone in a scene from “Aloha” that was shot at Kanahele’s Waimanalo compound. The film opens […]

Local participants say the movie ‘Aloha’ deserves its name

Local participants say the movie ‘Aloha’ deserves its name

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Tuesday, May 26, 2015

By Mindy Pennybacker

The long, tall pavilion with a peaked roof could have been a canoe hale if it weren’t sitting high up in a mountain valley like an ark left by a receding flood. It had been left behind, […]

Talk Story Briefing – Free Hawaii Progress Report May 28

Pakistan raises question about status of Hawaii during U.S. Universal Periodic Review at UN Human Rights Council

During the United States’ Universal Periodic Review before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, on May 11 a question was raised by Pakistani representatives regarding the status of Hawaii and Alaska, suggesting that Alaska and Hawaii are situations that come under international law, not US domestic law. Below is an update from Leon […]

Bumpy Kanahele in Aloha the movie

The movie “Aloha” deals centrally with the issue of Hawaiian sovereignty, and Bumpy Kanahele plays a prominent role in the movie, which was filmed on location at Pu’uhonua o Waimanalo village (where Kekula and I lived for a while 20 years ago when it was first founded). Reports by those involved from the screening in […]

Sai & Gumapac in Wailuku

Queen’s statue dates corrected

The dates on the Queen’s statue have finally been updated to accurately reflect her continued status as Queen until her death in 1917.