December 8, 2022
An Existential Crisis…
Yesterday, December 7, was the 81st anniversary of the devastating Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. This brazen act of war catapulted America into World War II and caused the US to not only greatly multiply its military operations in our islands, but to dig its claws deeper into Hawai’i.
On the same day it attacked Pearl Harbor, Japan also attacked several American bases such as those in the Philippines, which was also a “US territory.” But only the attack on Pearl Harbor was referred to as an attack on American soil… portrayed as an attack on America itself… to infuriate and stampede the American public, by selling them the idea that Hawaii was part of America… and to make Hawaiians think that they were Americans. The musician, Makana Cameron wrote a very insightful piece a while back on the scheme of conflating Hawaiʻi with America.
December 7th provided the US the opportunity to exponentially expand and dig the claws of their armed forces into Hawaiʻi, figuratively and literally. Rallying, fighting, sacrificing and dying in service to America made many Hawaiians profoundly patriotic Americans. It is no wonder that generation voted for statehood in 1959. The formidable American war machine had saved the world and Hawaiians were proud to be part of the winning side. With the Cold War and the hot ones in Korea and Vietnam, the US military operations went viral in Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiʻi’s cultural revival of the 60s gave rise to serious questions in the 70s concerning the military’s presence in Hawaiʻi: Why is it that so much of our ancestral lands are controlled by the US military, and off-limits to Hawaiians? Why are they conducting live-fire training on our ʻāina? Why are they assaulting Kahoʻolawe with bombs and naval shelling? Why is the US military allowed to destroy, contaminate and poison our land and water, stockpile vast amounts of weapons of mass destruction and occupy some of our best lands, with impunity?
Because they could. Very few had questioned or opposed the US military presence.
This allowed America to do what it wants to do, regardless of the harm it could cause to the Hawaiian people. Their public “briefings” and “community input” and “consultations” are a travesty.
Today we are faced with serious threats to our very lives because of the US military reckless presence in our islands. The most immediate threat is the contamination of Oʻahuʻs drinking water by leaks from the US Navy giant fuel storage tanks in Kapukaki (Red Hill). The Navy admits fault and responsibility to fix it. Hawaiians, the general population, the “state” leaders, even the US Congress has demanded the giant tanks be immediately emptied and decommissioned. All we get from the navy is bureaucratic run-around from their ‘flacks” (public relations people), saying they’re taking care of it.
The other serious threat to our lives, especially the nearly one million people on Oʻahu, is the strong probability of being annihilated (“collateral damage”) by a nuclear missile attack on the US military bases, installations and command centers on the island. The utter destruction of a nuclear attack will make the December 7th Pearl Harbor attack look like a picnic on the beach.
The really scary thing is that time and again, the US has demonstrated that Hawaiian lives are very low priority to America’s agenda and national interests. Their track record shows they donʻt care if we live or die as long as America can have it’s way.
However, all is not lost. Over the past fifty years, kūʻē actions by Hawaiians and others to stop the desecration and damaging of our lands and sacred places have succeeded. The most promintent and inspirational aloha ʻāina kūʻē being Protect Kahoʻolawe. And the many, many small, but significant victories, add to growing the resolve and confidence of the Lāhui to protect our ʻāina with Kapu Aloha. This led to Kū Kiaʻi Mauna... the game changer!
How do we Free Hawii of the military occupation of our homelands? By carrying on the brave and steadfast kūʻē of generations of Kiaʻi guided by nā Kūpuna and ke Akua in asserting our kūleana to aloha ʻāina. Eō!
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
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