“No laila, ua makemake ke koleke e mālama ʻia he lā hoʻonui ʻike no ka nānā ʻana ma o ke kuanaʻike Hawaiʻi. Ma o nā mele i nānā ʻia, nā moʻolelo…” I ʻōlelo ai ka Luna Hoʻokele o ke koleke, ʻo Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa.
“ʻImi mua ʻoe i ka makemake ma mua o ka pono, heleleʻi.” wahi a kekahi polopeka ʻōlelo HawaiʻI, ʻo Hiapo Perreira.
“Loaʻa nā haʻawina e kōkua ai iā kākou i kēia lā.” wahi a Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, ka Luna Hoʻokele no Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani. wahi a Kawaiʻaeʻa.
Wahi a Kamalani Johnson, he haumāna ma ia koleke, “He waiwai loa ka hoʻokumu ʻana i kēia hanana ʻoiai he honua kēia e mālamalama mai ai ke kuanaʻike o kānaka. Maliʻa paha ʻaʻole ʻike ʻia nā ʻaoʻao a pau o ka nīnūnē, a ʻike ʻia hoʻokahi wale nō ʻaoʻao. Pono e nānā i ka nīnūnē ma ke ākea, i naʻauao hoʻi.”
“Nui nā lāliʻi, nui nā ʻikepili i hōʻike ʻia i kēia lā. Nui nā makahiki. Nōhihi loa kēīa ʻōnaehana. Akā, ua kiʻi ʻia kēia mau lā no ka mea, hiki iā ʻoukou ke noiʻi pū kekahi i kēia mōʻaukala aʻu i wehehwehe aku nei. A paipai wau iā ʻoukou e ʻimi i kēia ʻike no ʻoukou iho. No ko ʻoukou pono.” I ʻōlelo ai kahi haumana laeʻula, ʻo Kaʻiu Kimura.
Ua kaʻanalike ʻia nā manaʻo kuʻuna, mōʻaukala, me nā hana ʻānō i pili iā Maunakea. ʻO nā polopeka kekahi haʻiʻōlelo, a ʻo nā haumāna pū kekahi. ʻO ka manaʻolana o ia hana, ʻo ia hoʻi ka hua ʻana o kekahi ala e puka lanakila ai ka nui me ke kākoʻo a kōkua ma ka pākahi.
“No laila, he kuleana ko kākou e noiʻi nōwelo ai i ka ʻike kuʻuna. Inā ʻaʻole ʻike, e ʻimi i ka ʻike. Pēlā kākou e ola ai. ʻO ia.” wahi a kekahi haumana, ʻo Kuʻuipo Freitas.
“ʻO lākou nā alakaʻi o kēia mua aku. A no laila, ʻo ka makemake, ʻo ka pahuhopu hoʻi ʻo kēia lā, e hana i kekahi mea. He aha ia hana, ʻaʻole maopopo loa, na nā haumāna kēlā, akā, inā e hana lākou, e hana ma luna o kekahi naʻauao hou aku.” wahi a Kawaiʻaeʻa.
“We dedicated this day to educating ourselves about the issue from a Hawaiian perspective.” says Keiki Kawaiʻaeʻa, Dean of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani.
According to Professor of Hawaiian Language, Hiapo Perreira, “Tradition tells us to focus on “what is right” over “what we want” individually.”
“These stories of our past still have practical application today.” says Kawaiʻaeʻa.
“This is a great place for that kind of discussion. It is an opportunity to get a broader perspective on the issue overall.” says Kamalani Johnson, a student of Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani.
According to UHH PhD student, Kaʻiu Kimura, “The current events have a long history too. We are using today to start sharing information, some of which is complex and very detailed and I encourage all of you to keep seeking out the facts for yourselves.”
Students and professors discussed applicable strategies from cultural, historical and political perspectives in search of potential solutions to pursue as individuals and a collective.
“We need to search diligently through all of our resources for guidance. If you’re unaware, take the initiative to educate yourself.” says UHH student, Kuʻuipo Freitas.
“These students are our future leaders. So our goal is to support them to engage. in whatever way that may be. Our job is to equip them with the tools to do so successfully.” says Kawaiʻaeʻa.