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Ke kü 'ana i ka moku

For Saturday, June 23, 2012

Na Kekeha Solis

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Synopsis: Discussion about the sale of Läna'i.

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Aloha mai e nä makamaka heluhelu, eia mai ka päpä 'ölelo 'ana a kekahi mau känaka 'elua no ke kü'ai 'ia 'ana o Läna'i a Kaululä'au. Ke mana'o nei ko 'oukou mea käkau, ua lohe 'ia nö këia päpä 'ölelo, akä, he moe paha ia, a ma ka no'ono'o wale nö paha. Penei ia.

Puni Kälä: Ke kü'ai 'ia aku nei ka mokupuni 'o Läna'i i kekahi 'ona biliona.

Puni Mälama Kanaka: 'O ia kä? 'O wai aku nei ka mea nona ia mokupuni? 'O ke aupuni paha?

Puni Kälä: 'A'ole 'o ke aupuni. 'O David Murdock ka mea nona ia mokupuni, a 'o Castle and Cook (Käkela me Kuke) kona hui. A i kü'ai aku nei 'o ia iä Läna'i no ka nui o ka pohö. Ua 'ölelo 'ia ma ka Star Bulletin (Hökü Avalataisa), mai ka makahiki 2006 a i ka makahiki 2010, 'o ka pohö i këlä me këia makahiki, ma waena ia o ka $20 miliona a ke $30 miliona.

Puni Mälama Kanaka: Aloha nö. Akä, 'o ka nïnau nui, 'o ia ho'i, pehea nä känaka e noho akula ma ia mokupuni a Kaululä'au?

Puni Kälä: Pehea lä? 'A'ole nö au i nïele aku, 'o ka lohe 'ana i ka nui o ka pohö, lele akula ka hauli.

Puni Mälama Kanaka: Auë! I hewa paha i ka mea näna i kapa aku i kou inoa. 'Eä, he aha ana lä ka hopena o nä känaka o Läna'i? 'O wai ke kü ana i ka moku? 'O ke aupuni paha?

Puni Kälä: 'A'ole. 'O kekahi 'ona biliona ke kü ana i ka moku. 'O Larry Ellison kona inoa. A 'o ia ka helu 'ekolu o nä känaka waiwai loa o America. A no laila, ke mana'o nei au, ua pau ihola ka wä pohö o Läna'i. A e kani ana ka leo o ka pelehü no Ellison, “Pökeokeo, pökeokeo.”

Puni Mälama Kanaka: 'A'ole ka mea nui 'o ke kälä a 'Elikona! 'O ke kanaka ka mea nui. Ua poina paha ka mo'olelo no Kawelomahamahaia a me nä ali'i he nui e like me ia? Iä Kawelomahamahaia e noho ali'i ana no Kaua'i, 'o ia käna hana, 'o ia ka hana e laupa'i nui ai nä känaka ma luna o ka 'äina, a ua lako nä mea a pau e pono ai ka noho 'ana.

Puni Kälä: Kä! Mai hopohopo no ka pono o nä känaka o laila. Aia a nui ka loa'a a Ellison, a laila, e mälama ana 'o ia i nä känaka.

Puni Mälama Kanaka: A inä 'a'ole e nui ka loa'a, a e nui paha ka pohö, e like me Käwika Mükaka? E kü'ai wale 'ia aku me ka nänä 'ole no ka pono o nä maka'äinana? A pehea ana lä ka nui o ka pohö e kü'ai hou 'ia aku ai 'o Läna'i, he keiki ho'okama. 'Eä, ua 'ölelo mai 'oe, 'o ka pohö o ka makahiki, i ka wä a Mükaka e kü ana i ka moku, he $30 miliona a emi mai. Iä käua, he pu'u kälä nui ia e pohä ai ka lae. Akä, inä he mau 'ona biliona käua, he mea iki wale nö ia. A eia mai kahi mea e pono ai ko Läna'i. 'Oiai, he 'ona biliona 'o 'Elikona, e ho'olilo 'o ia i kahi pu'u kälä nui ma ka ho'ona'auao 'ana, e uku ho'i no ka hele kulanui 'ana o nä 'öpio o Läna'i, me ka mana'o e ho'i läkou i ko läkou one hänau no ka ho'olako 'ana i ko läkou 'äina aloha. 'O ia ka mea e pono ai. A ke nui ke kälä ma ia hope aku, he pömaika'i paha ia. Akä, 'o ka mea nui, 'o ka mälama kanaka nö ia.

Puni Kälä: 'A'ohe kä he lohe o kou pepeiao huluhulu? Aia ka mälama 'ia ana o nä känaka a nui ka loa'a. Auë, e ku'u hoa, kohu mea lä, 'a'ole 'oe ho'olohe iki i ka'u 'ölelo.

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E ho'ouna 'ia mai na ä leka iä mäua, 'o ia ho'i 'o Laiana Wong a me Kekeha Solis ma ka pahu leka uila ma lalo nei:

>> kwong@hawaii.edu
>> rsolis@hawaii.edu

a i ‘ole ia, ma ke kelepona:

>> 956-2627 (Laiana)
>> 956-2627 (Kekeha)

This column is coordinated by Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai'i at Mänoa.





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Ken_Conklin wrote:
I was pleased to see that Kekeha Solis wrote this essay in a way that respects the names of the individuals and institutions under discussion, and the name of the newspaper. At least a little bit. At least for a while. Example: "... a 'o Castle and Cook (Käkela me Kuke) kona hui." and also " ... ka Star Bulletin (Hökü Avalataisa) ..." So, the actual name is stated first. And then, for the benefit of those poor unfortunate Hawaiians who don't speak English and don't know how to pronounce English names [there are zero such people] the English name is given a Hawaiianized version in parentheses. Except that there's a little confusion over the newspaper's name in 2006 (Star Bulletin) vs. the Hawaiianization of the successor newspaper's new name at present (Hökü Avalataisa).
on June 23,2012 | 06:19AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Solis has created a dialog and seems to adopt a technique of using the actual spelling of an English name when it's the money doing the talking, and using the Hawaiianized version when it's the native people doing the talking. Thus we have David Murdock and Larry Ellison whenever the money talks, while we have Käwika Mükaka and 'Elikona when da peeps speak. Velly klevel (Very clever). But of course there's never any need to Hawaiianize any English name, because there are no speakers of Hawaiian who do not also speak English even better than they speak Hawaiian. Once upon a time it might have been necessary to Hawaiianize names for the benefit of natives who had no experience of the outside world. But it is disrespectful to people and institutions to change their names unnecessarily. As I have shown previously, other languages in civilized places do their best to avoid butchering names. If Hawaiian-speakers continue doing that, they will lose respect for themselves and their language to the same extent that they fail to give respect to the rightful names of non-Hawaiian people and institutions.
on June 23,2012 | 06:20AM
superchase wrote:
I find it incredulous in this day and age that 1 man should own an entire island the size of Lanai. Are people so dense or afraid to speak up against an excessive concentration of land ownership? Ideally, the state of Hawaii should have intervened, put forward its own bid and bought the island itself from Murdock. It's notable that there is an absence of a sizable National or State Park on Lanai. In reality, a portion should be put aside to preserve these Lands for all time, so that they will go unhindered from private development. Larry Ellison or David Murdock's assertion that 1 individual is needed to further the development of the island is absurd. They just want to keep the island in private hands for personal financial gain. Ellison comes across as a real life Gordon Gecko character - "I create nothing, I own." He cannibalistically swallows up all that is desirable in his path for his own private gratification - which effectively denies public ownership of these lands, and indeed excludes private ownership by thousands of individual buyers. There is no reason that 1/4 of the island could not be allocated for ownership by others while still maintaining the island's character. Many islands around the world have this arrangement, the billionaires still get rich, the government gets it take with thousands of individual landowners in their respective locales. Why shouldn't Lanai follow these examples? The governor of Hawaii looks like a shill for corporate interests and has been bought out by them. And the President of the United States should have demonstrated leadership by blocking the sale. You'd think being a person born and raised in Hawaii, and a liberal social activist that he would have intervened. Obama could have left a great legacy for his own country, shown some backbone like Theodore Roosevelt before him, who stood up to corporate interests and preserved some of the most pristine lands in the United States so that they could become National Parks more than century ago. Similarly. parts of Lanai should be declared a National Heritage site by UNESCO - so that it can never be developed. At very least, a national park should have been created on the Island of Lanai as well as a homeland for the Hawaiian peoples - who were present before Europeans and Americans had set foot there in the 18th and 19th centuries. The sale (theft?) of Lanai to Ellison a real shame, because a golden opportunity has been lost to break the cycle of colonial exploitation of the island. Murdock didn't so much sell as he handed of the rights to Lanai to another occupier/successor who's carrying on a dubious title of land ownership which in truth belongs to the United States, the residents of Hawaii and the people of the world. The monopolistic practices of land ownership should end in the state of Hawaii. It's time to break from its 19th century model and move towards a modern, collective ownership of Lanai.
on June 27,2012 | 04:33PM
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