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 Hawaii Island, has formed a blockade at 9,000 feet above sea level at Mauna Kea. KAMAHANA is a cultural practitioner with family roots on Hawaii 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 times, 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 sky-scraper 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.
CANDYCE PAUL is Outreach Coordinator for Committee for Future Generations, a group of volunteers who got together to stand against the nuclear industry s proposal to store high-level nuclear waste in northern Saskatchewan.
They are also involved in making the uranium mining corporations and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission accountable for the long term health problems created by radiation and environmental damage as it is impacting on the mainly Dene, Cree, and Metis people who live and work closest to the uranium mines and all those affected wherever the nuclear industry, both power generating and military, everywhere the uranium is used. She is a mother and an educator, a protector, not an environmentalist nor an activist, responding to a serious threat to ALL future generations. She and her family are members of English River First Nation and live connected to the lands and waters of LaPlonge Reserve in northwestern Saskatchewan.
The Committee for Future Generations is dedicated to ensuring that the health of the land, waters, and life systems will be protected so the people can thrive as they always have. It is seen as a DUTY that we uphold the highest possible standards to protect the DNA of our future grandchildren. Candyce is joined by her husband Marius Paul of the Poplar Tree Home Dene from English River First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. Marius is an accomplished artist whose northern landscapes and geometrical paintings show a deep connection to the beauty of northern Saskatchewan. He is a natural musician whose music resonates with the peace of the land and lakes and rivers.
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