I Ku Mau Mau

 E Malama o Lilo I ka Lima a Pa by Chucky Souza, 1991 (Lithograph 5x7in).

E Malama o Lilo I ka Lima a Pa by Chucky Souza, 1991 (Lithograph 5x7in).

A few days ago I read a courageous and caring letter to the leaders of the state-led sovereignty movement, entitled “Can’t You See Us Rising?” by Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua.  In her letter she challenges core arguments for the ongoing re-iteration of OHA’s Native Hawaiian roll with personal observations and acts of self-determination, what she calls true expressions of independence.

Malama Music Publishing was created as an expression of independence, to support musicians who consciously represent themselves and their culture.  Our songs are our stories and, as I have shared in earlier posts, expressions of our genealogy and our identity.  It has been an uplifting journey for me to understand who I am and how I fit into the woven fabric of my genealogy.  And there is still so much more to learn and to understand.

In order for these expressions of independence to become woven into the fabric of nation-building, we must have a strong understanding of our identity, as individuals and as a collective.  It is imperative that we, as indigenous people, know who we are.  I do not think that the Hawaiian community at large can yet define itself, and I further believe that this is the key to addressing any and all challenges facing our community.  We are today because of our kupuna before us and our keiki after us.  Yet culture evolves and changes with technology and time. So our identity concept must both steadfast and dynamic.  

 photo courtesy of Chucky Souza

photo courtesy of Chucky Souza

I created a Flipboard Magazine that I hope can contribute to finding solutions to this ongoing identity crisis, helping our people to find the balance between ancient and modern, tradition and innovation, and the confidence to know which is which.  

The magazine is a collection of media that captures those expressions of independence, that I call “I Ku Mau Mau” moments.  I plan to add content to the magazine as often as I find it, and I hope that this collection can be a source of strength for those feeling alone, scared, or worried along their personal journey of self-determination.  Here is the link: http://flip.it/iBYfM

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