This blog is about Hawaii's status as an independent country under prolonged illegal occupation by the United States, and the history, culture, law & politics of the islands.

By Scott Crawford, Hana, Maui


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Anthony Bourdain Revisits Hawaii

Ryan Ozawa reviews Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown” episode on Hawaii that airs on Sunday, June 14 at 3 p.m. Hawaii time (9 p.m. ET/PT).

Thompson talks of the dark days of native Hawaiian culture, and its resurgence, and Bourdain gives a decent 30-second history lesson running from the arrival of Westerners through the overthrow and […]

Ke Aupuni Update from Leon Siu – Mauna Kea, Aloha movie, UN briefings

Ke Aupuni Update June 9, 2015

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono. ——— Aloha kakou. The past 3 weeks back in the islands has been amazing. The advances made in Geneva and […]

La Ho’iho’i Ea (Hawaiian Restoration Day) 2015

Bumpy’s perspective on Aloha movie: Crowe afforded megaphone platform to the Hawaiian rights movement

This BuzzFeed News story by Michelle Broder Van Dyke on the movie ‘Aloha’ is an absolute must read to understand Bumpy’s perspective on the movie ‘Aloha’ and Cameron Crowe’s relation with Bumpy and the village of Puuhonua o Waimanalo.

While controversy over the film’s title and racial aspects of casting have overshadowed other aspects of […]

Hawaii County Council Supports La Ho’i Ho’i Ea

HILO, Hawaii – The Hawaii County Council Committee on Governmental Relations and Economic Development took up a rare discussion on Hawaiian sovereignty in Hilo on Tuesday. Puna Councilman Danny Paleka introduced a resolution requesting the Hawaii state legislature designate July 31st as Lā Ho‘iho‘i Ea, recognizing the day independence was restored to the Kingdom of […]

Controversial Aloha co-stars Hawaiian independence leader

[Note: I know Ed Rampell from back in the Ohana Council days, and with his knowledge of Hawaii film history (having written multiple books on the subject, as noted in the mini-bio at the bottom) and being familiar with Hawaiian independence movement for almost three decades, he is uniquely suited to offer a […]

‘Aloha’ viewers “learn more about the Hawaiian independence movement than they could possibly have anticipated”

Chad Blair has a ranging review of ‘Aloha’ movie in Civil Beat, which includes this:

In another scene, Hawaiian sovereigntist Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele — who plays Hawaiian sovereigntist Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele — is looking up at the sky from his Waimanalo compound during a downpour.


Bumpy is actually one of the best things about […]

Hawaiian realities reflected in a major motion picture

There are tons of reviews out there for the movie ‘Aloha.’ Whatever else critics may object to, they have mostly positive takes on Bumpy’s role in the film, and how his character (basically playing himself) is treated respectfully, and conveys a genuine voice about Hawaiian issues, history and culture.

But I want to […]