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E 'ike ana paha 'o Obama i ke ali'i nui o O'ahu

For Saturday, September 7, 2013

Na Kekeha Solis

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Synopsis: President Barack Obama seems certain about what to do in Syria. Let’s hope he and Congress don’t meet up with the ali'i nui of O'ahu.

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Welina e nā makamaka heluhelu. Ua lilo ka hana ma Kilia i mea kama'ilio nui 'ia, 'o ia ho'i, ma ka lā 21 o 'Aukake, ua make akula he 1,400 mau kānaka o Kilia, a 'oi aku paha, i ka mea kaua kemika. Ke kuhi nei kekahi mau kānaka, na ka Pelekikena o Kilia, na Bashar al-Assad ia hana māna'ona'o. Akā, he hō'ole kā Bashar al-Assad, 'a'ole nāna.

'O ka Pelekikena Barack Obama kekahi e kuhi nei, na Bashar al-Assad nō. A ua lilo aku nei ho'i ia i pulakaumaka nona. Aia 'o ia e 'imi aku ana i ka 'ōlelo kāko'o a nā luna o nā 'āina 'ē i ka ho'ouka kaua 'ana aku me Kilia. He kāko'o nō 'o Palani, akā, hō'ole ihola 'o Lūkia a me Kina. Kānalua ka Uniona 'Eulopa.

'Eā, kau ka weli i ka mea kaua kemika, 'oiai, 'o ka hopena, ke ho'ohana 'ia ke kemika, he keu aku ia a ka māna'ona'o. A 'o ke kanaka a aupuni paha, nāna e ho'ohana i ke kemika no ka ho'omake 'ana i ke kanaka, he keu aku 'o ia a ka loko 'ino. A no laila, 'o ia paha ke kumu e ho'oikaika nei 'o Obama i ke noi i nā luna o nā 'āina 'ē i ke kāko'o ma ka ho'ouka kaua 'ana ma Kilia. 'Auhea 'oe, e Obama, e akahele, o 'ike auane'i 'oe i ke ali'i nui o O'ahu, 'o Kākuhihewa.

A ke 'ole e kuhihewa ko 'oukou mea kākau, 'a'ole i makemake 'o Obama, e like kāna hana me kā Keoki Buki, a 'o ia nō kona mea i waiho aku ai i ia nīnau i mua o ka 'Aha 'Ōlelo. Akā, 'o ka hopena wale nō paha, e nui ana nā mamo a Keoki Buki, 'oiai, e 'ike ana paha lākou a pau i ke ali'i nui kaulana o O'ahu nei. 'O ko Keoki Buki kuhi hewa, ma ka mea kaua ho'omake kinikini, a 'o ko Obama mā kuhi hewa paha, ma ke kanaka i ho'ohana i ka mea kaua kemika.

Hau'oli ko 'oukou mea kākau i ka heluhelu 'ana iho i ka 'ōlelo a ke Kenekoa Brian Schatz, 'o ia ho'i, e hō'ole aku 'o ia i ka 'ōlelo ho'oholo a ka 'Aha Kenekoa e ‘āpono ana i ka ho'ouka kaua ma Kilia. 'O kona mana'o, 'a'ole ka ha'ina 'o ka ho'ouka kaua. 'O ko Schatz pilikia, e launa paha 'o ia me Kākuhihewa, no ka mea, he mana'o kona no Bashar nō ia hana.

'O ka Lunamaka'āinana Colleen Hanabusa, wahi āna, 'a'ole i lawa ka 'ike hō'oia'i'o āna i 'ike ai, a no laila, 'a'ole 'o ia e kāko'o i ka ho'ouka kaua. Mahalo iā 'oe e ka Lunamaka'ainana Hanabusa i kou no'ono'o pono 'ana, a no kou lilo 'ole 'ana i mamo na Keoki Buki.

He hana māna'ona'o ka ho'ohana 'ana i ke kemika no ka ho'omaka'u 'ana i ke kanaka. Akā, 'o ka mea nui paha, 'o ia ka hō'oia'i'o 'ana i nā mea a pau e pili ana i ia hana a 'ike maopopo i ka hana i kuhi 'ia i 'ole 'oe e 'ike aku i ke ali'i nui o O'ahu.

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E ho'ouna 'ia mai na ā leka iā māua, '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 Mānoa.






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Ken_Conklin wrote:
In this essay Kekeha Solis is inconsistent in the way he uses Hawaiian language. Sometimes he Hawaiianizes the names of people or places, but sometimes he does not. For example, Solis leaves the current President's name unmolested, as "Barack Obama." Likewise, he leaves unmolested the names of "Brian Schatz" and "Colleen Hanabusa" and "Bashar al-Assad." However, Solis Hawaiianizes the name of former President George Bush, converting his name into "Keoki Buki." Why should some names be Hawaiianized while others are not? It seems Solis respects the names of people he likes, while showing disrespect toward someone he doesn't like by mangling his name.

As I have explained before, Hawaiianizing the name of a person or place is a political act -- it is an assertion of dominance or cultural imperialism. Changing someone's name without his permission is demeaning and insulting. It implies "I own you." People's names are precious to them. The names of places are treasures of cultural patrimony, as we see by the fact that ethnic Hawaiian activists zealously assert their demands that places in Hawaii should preserve their ancient Hawaiian names such as Kalaeloa instead of Barber's Point.

Primitive savages can be forgiven when they mangle foreign names, because their ears are not attuned to the sounds made in a foreign language; and because their own language does not vocalize those sounds and has no alphabetical or pictographical way to display those sounds. Primitive savages can be forgiven for mangling foreign names because they have no way to treat foreign names respectfully. But modern people descended from primitive savages, who now like to call themselves "indigenous" on account of their savage ancestry, are well educated and fully capable of hearing, speaking, and writing the names of outsiders without mangling them. What might seem cute or childlike when done by an ignorant savage, is a disrespectful assertion of dominance, control, and insult when done by modern people who know better.

I'm not demanding anything unusual here. All the languages with which I am familiar, except Hawaiian, do their best to preserve the integrity of the names of people and places. There's no good reason for rewriting "George Bush" as "Keoki Buki", or Syria as "Kilia" or Russia as "Lukia." Solis, if you will respect the name "George Bush" then I will respect the name of Mr. "Kakuhihewa" and refrain from changing his name to English and calling him Mr. "Deluded" or Mr. "Misinformed." As I explained on a previous occasion, even when an English-language essay I wrote was translated into Mandarin, which does not make use of any Western alphabet, nevertheless my name and other Western personal and place names, were preserved wherever they occurred right in the middle of the Mandarin version of the essay as published in an academic journal in Taiwan.

For further discussion, see my webpage on how Hawaiian language is used as a political weapon at
http://www.angelfire.com/big09/HawLangPolitWeapon.html
and the subpage where a an earlier debate over Hawaiianizing names, in the weekly "Kauakukalahale" Hawaiian language column, was compiled at
http://www.angelfire.com/big09/HawLangConceptTransNames.html


on September 7,2013 | 08:35AM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
What is truly racist and oppressive is when you try to tell an indigenous and subjugated people what they can and cannot do with their own language.
on September 12,2013 | 03:44PM
DiverDave wrote:
Hardly indigenous, having migrated here from elsewhere, hardly subjugated, as Polynesians enjoyed full political control of Hawaii under Democracy for 50 years after the revolution of 1893. In 1900 Robert Wilcox said, "The question of the restoration of the Monarchy is gone from us forever. We are now a people, however, that can vote. You all know we have two-thirds of the votes in this country....If you want to rule, it is for you to decide". And rule they did! Polynesian-Hawaiians were the most represented ethnicity in the Territorial Legislature, and the first two Representatives to U.S. Congress were Polynesians. Robert Wilcox first, then Prince Kuhio for about twenty years until his sudden death from a heart attack in 1922. Polynesians had the largest voting block in Hawaii all the way up until the 1940s. They also voted. In the 1939 election, 9 out of ten registered Polynesian-Hawaiians voted.
on September 13,2013 | 10:17AM
holokanaka wrote:
Hawaiians are aboriginal.
on September 13,2013 | 01:53PM
DiverDave wrote:
Only in your mind.
on September 13,2013 | 07:44PM
holokanaka wrote:
another profound post by the joker.
on September 13,2013 | 08:50PM
DiverDave wrote:
Really? "Barak Obama seems certain about what to do in Syria"? LOL. Now that Obama, Mr. Nobel Peace Prize winner, and Hillary Clinton have successfully destabilized the entire Middle East he goes to Congress for an OK to conduct a limited strike for what purpose? Once again he shows he is weak kneed, and a poor leader.
on September 7,2013 | 09:48AM
holokanaka wrote:
"Now that Obama...have successfully destabilized the entire Middle East..." huh, no mention of george bush and cheney? you joker are a effing id*ot and have no integrity. geez, where do these kinds of people come from????
on September 7,2013 | 10:09AM
DiverDave wrote:
Wow! I guess you want to be run off like your friend David Rogers did, AKA Terii_Kelii. Until you stop with the name calling and personal attacks I will no longer respond to your rants.
on September 7,2013 | 02:10PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
The last I heard, Terii_Kelii was on the lam in Mexico for a few months and might not have returned yet, if ever. I believe there's no extradition treaty between the U.S. and Mexico, which is why Americans running from the law often go there. Did Terii_Kelii commit some horrible crime (in addition to his abuse of the Star-Advertiser comments)? Perhaps (if we're lucky) we'll never know.
on September 7,2013 | 07:15PM
holokanaka wrote:
so konki, are you saying that Terii is a fugitive who committed a crime and that he is under indictment by the u.s? last I read he was teaching Hawaiian olelo in Mexico.
on September 7,2013 | 08:48PM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
Teaching Hawaiian language in Mexico? Like there are lots of Mexicans who want to learn Hawaiian? Sounds fishy. And what language would he use for teaching the course: Spanish or English? Anyway, tell him Montezuma recommends he should drink plenty of water because it's really hot there.
on September 8,2013 | 06:36AM
holokanaka wrote:
I understand that Mexico has a greater number of Hula Halau then Japan which has more Hula Halau then Hawaii. could there be a connection?
on September 8,2013 | 07:16AM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
Nobody ran me off. On the contrary, check out all the missing and deleted DiaperDave comments under the August 3rd article. Someone at the Star-Advertiser is watching him. You are correct - there are 22 halau hula in Mexico City alone, and halau stretch from Tijuana to Cancun. There is even a halau in Buenos Aires Argentina. The demand is there. So is the respect, unlike KenKKonklin and DiaperDave. By the way Kenny, did you get my 2nd printout of your comments yet?
on September 11,2013 | 05:44PM
holokanaka wrote:
truth and facts joker, just truth and facts..
on September 7,2013 | 08:43PM
holokanaka wrote:
another punk out.
on September 9,2013 | 08:33PM
Terii_Kelii wrote:
personal attacks - you mean like how you called me a red diaper dooper baby.... THREE times. um-hmm.
on September 11,2013 | 05:46PM
holokanaka wrote:
typical konki..
on September 7,2013 | 08:55PM
DiverDave wrote:
Quack, quake, quake!
on September 13,2013 | 07:45PM
holokanaka wrote:
another profound post by the joker,
on September 13,2013 | 08:51PM
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