August 11, 2023
Aloha Lāhainā, Aloha ʻĀina
Words cannot express the shock, horror, dismay and grief over the catastophic destruction of the ancient, historic town of Lāhainā on the Island of Maui. Our aloha and prayers go out to all who are being impacted by this great tragedy.
People all over the islands are showing their aloha by mobilizing to send aid and comfort to those devastated by the fires on Maui. Yesterday, I was at Hui Mahiʻai ʻĀina, the houseless camp at Aunty Blanche Kahalewai McMillanʻs place in Waimanalo, where the residents were sorting and stacking onto pallates piles of donations from a steady stream of cars dropping off supplies to kōkua the thousands of suddenly houseless people of Maui.
By mid-day, there was already enough to fill two forty-foot shipping containers! They will be at the docks today ready to ship to Maui. Aunty Blanche says the drive will continue for as long as it takes...
And this is just one small community. The spontaneous outpouring of aloha is coming from many other individuals, groups, businesses, organizations and communities throughout Hawaiʻi nei, adding their kōkua to the dedicated aid organizations like the Salvation Army and the Red Cross... and the mobilization of government emergency agencies by Maui County, the State of Hawaii and the U.S.
Aloha Lives! I am also receiving many expressions of concern and solidarity from friends in the international community — Europe, Africa, Asia, the Americas, Oceania… Their hearts ache with ours.
Tomorrow, I leave for two months of back-to-back conferences and meetings in Asia, the South Pacific, Europe and America. I will share that the restoration of Lāhainā and the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom, will be driven by the same resilientt spirit of the people of Hawaiʻi, rooted in Aloha.
Whether facing and responding to the devastation of tsunami, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, or the 130-year-long foreign usurpation, subjugation and abuse of our nation, we will prevail by being the people who embrace Aloha... Aloha ke Aukua (love of God) — Kapu Aloha (sacred love) — Aloha kekahi i kekahi (love for one another) — and Aloha ʻĀina (love for our land, our country).
“Love of country is deep-seated in the breast of every Hawaiian, whatever his station.” — Queen Liliʻuokalani
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono.
The sovereignty of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
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