"We are the evidence, not the crime" is but one of many sayings Kanaka (indigenous) Hawaiians for sovereignty say.
I first heard these words from my Kahuna friend, Uncle Abel, who is the konahiki (steward) of a tract of land on the southern county portion (Ka'u) of the Big Island. This land is known as Kawa and if ever there was magic to be had, it is there for this was the training grounds for the Alii (royalty) in everything from surfing to astronomy, fishing to spiritualism, hunting and .....you name it!
To visit is a grounding experience...literally. Abel's cousin, Moses, is a Huna (priest) who works with matter and anti-matter. He has built an alter there that lines up with the Hawaiian pyramids and other pyramids throughout the world. When I first stepped up to it I was in awe. Then Moses motioned to me to hold a particular crystl in my hand. I dropped to my knees then my legs splayed out and THWACK, i was on the ground! I literally felt Mother Earth and this brought tears of joy to my eyes...I had never experienced Her so strongly before.
There's a sacred stream running through Kawa, and a Queen's bath that surfers love to dip into after riding the waves to get the salt off themselves and be re-annointed. The water tastes special, because it is special.
To say that Abel and Moses live in the rough is an understatement...they are camped out on the land and deal with the elements how they have to. Moses is capable of changing weather patterns if it gets too severe, but he says that after a couple of days he starts to get a headache.
There is a Kane (men's) Haiau (in this case a rock walled alter that only men can enter). The Wahini (woman's) side is still covered and Abel and Moses await for the right women to come along and re-open it for they know the time is near (now) for the divine feminine healing energy to take Her place over the patriarchy.
To steward the land is intense...Abel is constantly learning even though he's close to 70 now. In Hawaii, a kanahiki oversees the apua (territory) of the ohana (family) ...the regions are pie shaped and run from makai (sea) to the tip on the mauka (mountain). Everything's interrelated, it's complex, but the science based environmentalists don't see things the same way, they do not have the knowledge of eons.
Abel works with lost souls who come to Kawa for healing. He teaches them on a physical plane (they garden, water, gather precious firewood, wash dishes, anything required) and a spiritual plane. Abel has helped many to kick drugs and alcohol.
This same tract of land has been vied by developers for over 20 years and it's been a long, sometimes pain-staking battle. A single person claims the rights to it , a 'haoli' (white person, one with no soul) and this person is doing his best to link the land to a nearby development so Kawa can be part of a fledgling consortium of people , Jacque Cousteau' son, Micheal, being one of them, to expand the developement and make something no short of an 'environmental Disneyland' of Kawa.
Everytime the county tries to 'unseat' Abel, the coconut wireless goes out and people from all over the island come to rally. While this is awesome and has helped save Abel many times, the stress has been too much and he suffered a heart attack a few years back.
The Hawaiian Soverientists recognize Abel and his band of 'rebels' as the grassroots of the cause.
Land theft is still big in Hawaii and one has to be very careful purchasing real estate there. There's a thing called 'quiet title' which allows someone with a lien on property or a debt owed to swipe the land right out from under someone's feet. It's a dirty and horrible game. A lot of this is done by drug dealers who befriend Hawaiians and get them addicted , mostly to crack or crystal meth. While the Kanakas thought they were getting the drugs for free , the dealer will then present them with a bill for thousands of dollars for 'developement'....one such man has a cement company and does a pour for next to nothing and then presents the drug bill as a work invoice. Next thing you know, the Hawaiian's land is gone.
This particular developer will then tear down the shacks and sorry shelters and build new houses that will be bought up largely by white people.
Like I said, it's ugly.
Meantime sovereign Hawaiians have created their own passports which are recognized in a growing number of countries. They test the courts constantly and do their best to bring it to Washington. They have alloidial title on their side, and the illegal overthrow of Queen Liliokalani , the last reigning monarch of Hawaii.
I want to take you back a bit to the word 'haoli'. When the white man first came they were no different from when they conquered other places and declared the Hawiians to be savage (without soul), to the extent that papal bulls were created to confirm this.
Hawaiians, on the other hand, traditionally greeted each other nose to nose and hugging and exchanging breath (ha). Aloha. Ha being the breathe of life. Hawaiians took pity on these people who only knew how to extend an arm and shake hands. This is a far cry different from the notion of savage , which then reasoned the people could and should be conquered. Note too that Hawaii begins with Ha.
Abel is absolutely dreaded by the right wing U.S.'ians (I refuse to call United States citizens 'Americans' because the south and central americans feel this is insulting). There have been attempts on his life. The U.S. right wing citizens there like to bring up the fact that Abel served time for murder. Yes, he did murder...when he was 15 he watched a cop rape his sister so he found a gun and killed the cop. Abel served 18 years in institutes like Kent.
The cops in Hawaii are as dirty as the councillors and mayor of the counties. One whole unit near Kawa in the town of Nahalahu were fired for taking young girls out to a remote spot and raping them. Want drugs? Find a cop.
Hawaiian mana (spiritual strength) is high. They don't hold back on calling themselves Kahunas if they are one....unlike here where most medicine people keep more quiet about their ways. They can be fierce and strong but the contrast is the absolute love (aloha) they possess.
I asked Moses one night if it was true that the Kahunas used to throw fireballs at each other for fun and sport....this is something that's written in the tour books and they leave it up to the reader whether to believe the 'legend' or not. Moses said of course, and proceeded to teach me how to make one. It took a while but I persevered and finally made one...wow, I was ecstatic, excited, joyful, amazed!!!! I said to Moses, "Look, look look!!!!". Moses rolled his eyes up in the air. I said, "Oh oh, I think you're telling me that this is something like a kindergarden assignment". He affirmed that and I went back to humbleness and humility right away.
I can tell you lots of stories about Kahunas, what I've seen, what they're capable of, and in the land of Pele where the rawness of the Earth is so strong and mighty that everything is expanded, if you pay attention you can be a witness and student too. Just remember to never say, "ya , I know" or ask too many questions...not much different from here.
I invite you to the Big Island and to seek out Abel. He has the utmost respect for First Nations and signed and sent a Sovereign Hawaii flag to the Mohawk Clan Mothers at Caledonia.
It is time now for us all to come together. It is time now for us to pass on our ways and knowledge. It is time to assert our sovereignty.
It is time to come out from the pain of alcohol and drug abuse, time to end the disroportioned amount of First Nations in prison. Time to end the continuued genocide of our people. Time to end the rape and theft of our land.
We are the evidence, not the crime.