Aloha Quest

Aloha Quest

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.


Aloha Quest

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

Part Two

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.

ʻŌiwi TV reaches across generations, socio-economic statuses, and geographic locations as the sole media venue where the Hawaiian language, culture and perspective thrive. Through Digital Channel 326, ʻŌiwi TV reaches over 220,000 households across the entire State via Oceanic Time Warner Cable’s network. Through its website, mobile, and social media venues, ʻŌiwi TV is reaching Hawaiians everywhere and engaging a generation of Hawaiians that expect to access anything and everything from anywhere at anytime.


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