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I ali’i nō ke ali’i i ke kanaka

For Saturday, December 7, 2013

Na Kekeha Solis

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Synopsis: Some wise words of Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday, are discussed.

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Welina e nā makamaka heluhelu. Ua ku’i a’ela ka lono a puni ka honua no ka hala ’ana aku o kahi alaka’i pono a piha aloha ho’i o ke ao nei. ’O Nelson Mandela nō ia. A ’o ke kumu e kau a’ela ia ’ōlelo kahiko mai nā kūpuna mai i luna i po’o mana’o, ua ho’opuka ’o Mandela i kahi ’ōlelo i like ka mana’o. Penei ia, “Eia au ke kū nei i mua o ’oukou, ’a’ole ma ke ’ano he kāula, akā, ma ke ’ano he kanaka lawelawe no ’oukou.”

A ’o ia ihola nō ka mana’o o ua ’ōlelo no’eau nei e kau a’ela i luna, ’o ia ho’i, ma muli o nā kānaka e ali’i ai ke ali’i, a no laila, he pono i ke ali’i ke mālama pono i ke kanaka. Mai kahiko mai nō ua ’ōlelo no’eau nei, akā, ua lilo ia i mākia na Mandela. ’O ka mea ’āpiki, ’o kekahi ’ōlelo a ua kanaka ’ike kūhohonu lā, “Inā ’a’ole aupuni a ka lehulehu, ’a’ole hiki ke maluhia ka ’āina.” He aupuni Mō’ī ko Hawai’i nei ma mua, akā, he maluhia nō i kekahi manawa. Aia nō i ke ali’i e kū ana i ka moku. Ho’omana’o paha ’oukou i ka mo’olelo o Kawelomahamahai’a. Penei kahi māhele pōkole e pili ana i kona aupuni. “I ka wa e ola ana o Kawelomahamahaia, ma kona mau la e noho alii ana no Kauai, ua hana oia i na hana e laupa’i nui ai na kanaka maluna o ka aina, mamuli o kona nana ana i ke kanaka nui ame ke kanaka iki; ke kanaka ulakolako o ka noho ana ame ke kanaka hemahema a nele o ka noho ana. Ua hoomahuahua aku oia i na aina o na alii eleu a mikiala ma ka hana, ua pa’i aku la oia i kekahi mau lihi pepeiao o ko lakou mau aina, a haawi ae la no na makaainana nele aina, a makemake hoi e hooulu i na mea e waiwai ai ka aina, e ola ai ka noho ana o ke kane ame ka wahine ame ka laua mau keiki. Nolaila, ua ulu nui ka lahui kanaka a nui nohoi ke kuonoono maluna o ka aina mai o a o. Ua maluhia nohoi ka aina, oiai ua lako na mea apau e pono ai ka noho ana.”

A no laila, ua mōakāka, he hiki nō ke maluhia ka ’āina inā ’a’ohe aupuni a ka lehulehu. A ’o ka mea ’āpiki, i loko nō o ke aupuni a ka lehulehu, hana ’ia nā hana kūpono ’ole a māna’ona’o paha, e like me ka hana a ’Amelika Hui pū ’ia. He aupuni ia na ka lehulehu, ’a’ole na’e kāna hana he hana pono i nā manawa a pau. ’A’ole e helu papa ’ia ana ia mau hana kūpono ’ole, akā ’o kekahi, ma Hawai’i nei nō i hana ’ia ai.

Aia nō paha i ke ’ano o ke ali’i, ’a’ole paha i ke ’ano o ke aupuni. ’A’ole i akāka ka mana’o o ia ’ōlelo a Mandela no ka maluhia a me ke aupuni a ka lehulehu, akā, i ka ’ike ’ana aku i ka nui o ke aloha i nā kānaka iā ia, ua maopopo he ali’i pono nō ia. A ua like nō me kekahi ali’i o Hawai’i nei i ho’opa’ahao ’ia nō ho’i ma kona ’āina pono’ī, ’o ia ho’i, ’o Lili’uokalani.

Ke hā’awi aku nei nā luna ho’oponopono o Kauakūkalahale i ko lāua aloha i ka ’ohana o Mandela i ha’alele ’ia mai nei i hope nei. A ke lana nei ka mana’o, e nui hou aku nā kānaka e hahai aku ana ma kona ala i hele ai.

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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:
Mandela is a hero for the people of South Africa, and indeed for all the world. What makes him a hero is that he spent his life working for unity and equality. He believed that all the tribes and races of his nation should put aside racial apartheid and be united as citizens of a single sovereignty; one person one vote, with respect for property rights and religious or cultural differences. He led his people to give up hatred and bitterness regardless of whatever real or imagined grievances they might have.

It's very surprising to read at the end of this week's essay that both authors of this column jointly say they embrace the spirit of reconciliation and path toward the future shown by Mandela; because so many of their essays have shown a refusal to embrace the United States as our nation, and a refusal to embrace the concept that we are all equal in the eyes of God and should all be treated equally under the law by our government.

So, in the spirit of reconciliation and unity shown by Nelson Mandela, I quote the closing paragraph of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Rice v. Cayetano which abolished racial segregation in elections of the State of Hawaii:

"When the culture and way of life of a people are all but engulfed by a history beyond their control, their sense of loss may extend down through generations; and their dismay may be shared by many members of the larger community. As the State of Hawaii attempts to address these realities, it must, as always, seek the political consensus that begins with a sense of shared purpose. One of the necessary beginning points is this principle: The Constitution of the United States, too, has become the heritage of all the citizens of Hawaii."


on December 7,2013 | 04:29PM
DiverDave wrote:
Does this mean Solis that you are ready to denounce the sovereignty movement? You know, so we can all move forward, in unity together as one people, under one government, as Mandela called for in South Africa. Don't talk in circles Solis, are you or not? Or, did you just want to use the death of Mandela to twist his words for your own fringe purposes? Shame on you!
on December 8,2013 | 06:31AM
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