First Voices Indigenous Radio – WBAI NYC GUEST SPEAKER on Mauna Kea : Thursday, April 2, on “First Voices Indigenous Radio”

Listen to an interview that Kamahana Kealoha gave with regards to Mauna Kea on April 2, 2015 .

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Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse’s first guest at the top of the hour:

KAMAHANA KEALOHA has been working as an organizer of a group of Kanaka Maoli representing several Hawaiian islands and a multi-ethnic group of supporters who are opposing the construction of a 30-meter telescope (TMT) atop Mauna Kea—also known as Mauna A Wakea—the most sacred place in the Hawaiian Islands for the Kanaka Maoli. The group, led by Lanakila Mangauil, a prominent cultural practitioner from Hawai’i Island, has formed a blockade at 9,000 feet above sea level at Mauna Kea. KAMAHANA is a cultural practitioner with family roots on Hawai’i Island. He is a member of the esteemed traditional and award-winning musical group Lei Hulu, which focuses on mana leo, or first language Native speaker composition from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. He is a practitioner formally trained in the ancient traditions of both the Hula Pahu (known to have been performed in pre-contact and pre-historical tims, on the sacred platforms of Hawaiian heaiu, or sacred temples) and the Hula Olapa (sometimes called Hula Kahiko today) originating from the prestigious lineage of that famed hula master of the 18th century, Joseph Ilalaole among others. Kamahana is completing his second undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Hawai’i/Manoa. He is a Kumu Hula in his own right, establishing the Pua Ana Ka Malanai Hula School in 2012 focusing on traditional and pre-contact hula. He is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and plans to respectively pursue a Juris Doctorate at the Richardson School of Law. Kamahana has performed around the world but greatly prefers performing for his own Hawaii community and can often be found volunteering his time teaching the youth traditional Hawaiian aesthetic appreciation. “This telescope is an atrocity the size of Aloha Stadium,” says Kamahana. “It’s 19 stories tall, which is like building a skyscraper on top of the mountain, a place that is being violated in many ways culturally, environmentally and spiritually. However, this struggle is about so much more. We are fighting against our erasure and ethnocide as well as the threat for all to our main water aquifer and endangered species conservation district.”

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