Produced by Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina
On Sunday, December 19, 1999, an historic six-hour educational television presentation was broadcast throughout Hawai’i on KFVE television. The “educast” was simultaneously webcast to the world over the Internet. Featuring a mix of live interviews, musical performances, and pre-recorded segments, the entire six hours was brought to the Hawai’i community and the world commercial free.
Co-produced by Aloha First and Na Maka o ka ‘Aina, Aloha Quest was hosted by Ed Ka’ahea, Iaukea Bright and Ka’iulani Edens. The telecast featured interviews with many prominent spokespeople in government, law, education and the arts. Various historians, educators, cultural experts, artists, actors and activists shared their knowledge of history and culture and expressed views on the contemporary case for Hawaiian sovereignty and independence.
Historical segments presented new findings regarding the legal basis for the existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the popular opposition to U.S. annexation in 1897-98.
Selected segments from the six-hour broadcast are available as two 1-hour programs, Aloha Quest – Part One and Aloha Quest – Part Two.
Kumulipo, Hawaiian creation story: Kekuni Blaisdell
History of Health in Hawai’i: Kekuni Blaisdell
The Hawaiian Kingdom: Keanu Sai
What is a Hawaiian Subject?: Keanu Sai
Attempted Overthrow of 1893: Keanu Sai
Tears of a Nation (hula performance): Kamehameha Schools hula ensemble
Anti-annexation petitions of 1897: Noenoe Silva, Jon Osorio, Kekuni Blaisdell
The Annexation That Never Was: Keanu Sai
August 12, 1998 Centennial scenes, ‘Iolani Palace
Early 1900’s newsreel of Lili’uokalani: Westward Bound
Internal Laws of the U.S.: Keanu Sai
Supreme Court and International Courts: Keanu Sai
U.S. Senate floor debate on Apology resolution, October 1993; Esther Kiaaina, Keanu Sai, Francis Boyle
United Church of Christ Apology, 1993: Rev. Tuck Wah Lee
Aloha March on Washington: Butch Kekahu, Puanani Rogers
Hawaiian style education: Ku Kahakalau
‘Aha Punana Leo Hawaiian language animations: Kainani Kahaunaele
Maunakea and telescope development: Pualani Kanahele
Ola Na Iwi (repatriation of ancestral remains): Eddie Ayau, Kunani Nihipali, Ipo Nihipali
Produced and directed by Puhipau and Joan Lander of Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina
To purchase this DVD and to support Nā Maka o ka ʻĀina’s digital archiving project, please visit their website for Aloha Quest Part 1 and Part 2.