The photographs of Ed Greevy, who began documenting the Hawaii land rights movement in 1971, were the catalyst for a new book, “A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements forLife, Land, and Sovereignty.”
Through Ed's photographs and essays contributed by academics, activists, filmmakers and others — including me — “A Nation Rising” chronicles the political struggles and grassroots initiatives collectively known as the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.
I wrote the chapter entitled Kauai: Resisting Pressure to Change, which describes how locals struggled to protect their communities from displacement by tourist development and explores the subsequent evolution of the island's grassroots movement. The chapter covers such major land use issues as the Niumalu-Nawiliwili evictions, the hotel at Nukolii, gentrification, A&B's Kukuiula project, Wailua resort development, the Superferry protests, burials at Naue and the battle over biotech.
It will no doubt be a trip down memory lane for many locals, and will hopefully serve as a good primer on the historical roots of land use struggles to help round out the knowledge base of young and/or newcomer activists.
Kauai resident Mehana Blaich Vaughn contributed a portrait on Puanani Burgess, and longtime Kauai activist Puanani Rogers is also profiled. Kapua Sproat, who grew up in Kalihiwai, writes about “seeking justice through law for Hawaii's streams and communities.”
Other chapters discuss ethnic studies, the revitalization of the Hawaiian language, Wao Kele O Puna and Pele Defense Fund, Waiahole-Waikane, colonization, the Akaka Bill, resisting biocolonialism, East Maui water struggles and the movement to stop the military bombing of Kahoolawe.
Other contributors are Noa Emmett Aluli, Ibrahim G. Aoudé, Kekuni Blaisdell, Noelani Goodyear-Ka'opua, Ulla Hasager, Pauahi Ho'okano, Micky Huihui, Ikaika Hussey, Manu Ka'iama, Le'a Malia Kanehe, J. Kehaulani Kauanui, Anne Keala Kelly, Jacqueline Lasky, Davianna Pomaika'i McGregor, Nalani Minton, Kalamaoka'aina Niheu, Katrina-Ann R. Kapa'anaokalaokeola Nakoa Oliveira, Jonathan Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio, Leon No'eau Peralto, Kekailoa Perry, Puhipau, Noenoe K. Silva, Ty P. Kawika Tengan, Kuhio Vogeler and Erin Kahunawaika'ala Wright.
The book was published by Duke University Press, and can be purchased through its website and at Native Books on Oahu.