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Hawaii and the War of Consciousness

OHA might appear lost and divided, but that is due to an ongoing and charged struggle over Hawaiian history.

·By Zuri Aki

Kānaka Maoli roots run deep.

Here, we have found our home within the motherly embrace of ‘Āina. Our identity was nurtured here; our consciousness grown, synthesized, and intertwined. Our very existence flows through the streams of time from this source – the islands of Hawai‘i.

Our roots run very deep.

There has been a significant amount of news coverage surrounding the Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ recent attempts to establish Kānaka Maoli (aboriginal Hawaiians) as an indigenous population under the United States government.

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OHA’s controversial and heavily contested

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Zuri Aki

Zuri Aki has a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa and is currently a student at Richardson School of Law focusing on International Law. He is the founder of the community organization, Makawalu, and the environmental conservation organization, The ‘Āina Project.
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