March 11, 2023
The Pacific Way
In the previous issue of Ke Aupuni Update (February 25) I spoke of the tragic 130-year long disconnection from the rest of the Pacific Island nations. This is particularly lamentable since Pasifika, not America, is our real, natural family. We have begun the process to be reunited with our Pacific family.
Living in Hawaii, we donʻt realize how deeply colonized and enslaved we are by the American system, until we visit other Pacific Island nations.
In the rest of our Pacific family, governments and the peoples are shedding the adverse aspects of colonial ways and actively engage in applying what is called the “Pacific Way” to address local, regional and even global issues.
What is this Pacific Way? Itʻs doing things in ways that are mutually respectful, inclusive, consultative, consensual, flexible and allow for compromise. The Pacific Way is a set of ideas, visions and processes that are dynamic, renewing itself under new contexts while simultaneously grounded to the core values of the native culture.
Simply put, its doing things island style.
One of the most insidious and damaging aspects of the American occupation of Hawaii has been the ingrained belief that everything America does or has told us, is for our own good. The basic message to Hawaiians has been “Your way is OK, but our way is so much better...”
This “our way is better” pertains to everything from government to land use and housing to the economic system to imported processed food to the health crisis to the contamination of our water and even to the current effort to outlaw mid-wives!
This is the classic colonial method used to subjugate peoples and nations — to dismiss or denigrate or destroy the native way, and replace it with the colonizerʻs way. The nations of the Pacific were once subjugated under colonial rule. Now most of them are independent nations and have rebuilt themselves by reactivating and applying the Pacific Way.
The good news is that we are now aware of the fact that Hawaiiʻs situation is not just the legal/political question, our real challenge is to renew the character, vision and life of the Lāhui... an independent nation, operating in not only the “Pacific Way”, but more importanly, “The Hawaiian Way”.
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
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