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A new film “Ka Lāhui Hawai’i—the Hawaiian Nation”

New release! Here is something to add to your curricula:

Copy and paste into your browser the link below to view a the film about Ka Lāhui Hawaii. Produced and directed by Healani Sonoda-Pale. Cinematography by Laura Ullman.

Cinematographer Laura Ullman (photo by Healani Sonoda-Pale)

—Rebekah Luke, website manager

One of many remembrances of Haunani-Kay Trask

Dear Beloved Ka Lahui Hawai’i,

I send my condolences on the loss of Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask. I was one of her students (and I believe one of her first, if not her first student, to go onto get a Ph.D.). I was nurtured and mentored by Dr. Trask and Dr. David E. Stannard throughout my undergraduate & graduate studies as well as my career. 

I feel both a sense of deep sorrow and heartfelt gratitude to my forever kumu, Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask.

I wrote a tribute for her on my department’s website. I will be publishing a much longer version of this tribute in our department’s newsletter. I would not be where I am today without the love and mentorship of both Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask and Dr. David E. Stannard.

My heart is heavy, but I know Dr. Trask’s powerful work lives on.

Thank you.

With love, gratitude and solidarity,
Teresa Williams León
Professor of Asian American Studies
California State University Northridge
and forever, Haunani-Kay’s student

Haunani-Kay Trask (1949-2021)

We love you our great kumu, leader, and voice for our Lāhui! Uē nā lani.
Haunani-Kay Trask October 3, 1949 – July 3, 2021.


The Nation mourns the passing of Haunani-Kay Trask, a Native Daughter whose legacy lives on with each generation that continues to Kū’ē: oppose, resist, or protest colonialism through the advancement of sovereignty and self-determination in Hawai’i.  We offer our deepest condolences to her ‘ohana, haumāna, and the many lives she touched around the world.  Whether she was speaking before an audience here or abroad or signing a book, she would say or write: Kū’ē, Kū’ē, Kū’ē.

Lehua Kinilau, Kiaʻāina

Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi

Letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs

Tap on the link to view the letter dated March 31, 2021.

Hauʻoli Makahiki 2019

Healani Sonoda-Pale is the chair of the Ka Lāhui Hawai‘i Political Action Committee. Here we repost her recap of 2018 and welcome to the Year of the Kanaka Maoli:

Pele returned to Puna and cleaned house, a few nights ago Poliahu laid her mantle on Mauna Kea, it has been 200 years since King Kamehameha’s passing, the US federal government is shut down with no end in sight, and the Natives are restless.


Looking back this is what I can remember of 2018 being out and active in the Kanaka Maoli community:

1. Ma Hope Mākou o Lili’uokalani March was Aloha ‘Āina until politicians were allowed to cut in front Ma Mua of our Queens Portrait.
2. Ka Lāhui Hawaii’s Political Action Committee (KPAC) held its first Kanaka Maoli Priorities workshop at the leg and held 3 Navigating the leg workshops in the communities
3. Helped kill Senate bill 3090 on the Mauna Kea Authority, the kuleana Land bill almost passes, KPAC helps introduce a criminal justice reform reso, and all but one measure transferring out public lands aka Kanaka National Lands dies.
4. KPAC’s 2018 Legislative Report Card reaches over 66,000 households.
5. TMT becomes an issue in the elections and candidates are asked if they would be willing to call the National Guard on “Protesters” on Mauna Kea.
6. Celebrated Lā Ho’iho’i Ea in the Hawaiian Kingdom Park with no permit and Celebrated the Queens Birthday at the Palace and Lā Kū’oko’a with Waimānalo.
7. Attended my first Democratic Party Convention with KPAC and spoke in favor of a more progressive platform with broader support of sovereignty for Kanaka (not just fed wreck). The platform passed.
8. Helped organized with Kanaka Maoli and supporters in Hawai’i and in Mokuhonu to protect “Aloha” in the No Aloha Poke Co movement and intellectual property rights.
9. Helped to rebuild an Auwai from Kānewai Punawai go Paiko fishpond with my son’s and community.
10. My husband and I won a contested case to stop a short term housing rental in East Molokai.
11. Helped organize the first Pupuhi/Pale/Apana Reunion in Kamalō, Molokai.
12. Worked with other scholars to voice our concerns about The Rock making a movie about our sacred King Kamehameha.
13. The Supreme Court decision came out supporting the DLNR permit. Organized with UH Staff and Faculty and Mauna Kea Hui for further actions.
14. Helped give voice to Kūpuna salt makers in Kaua’i.

~ Healani Sonoda-Pale

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National meeting set for Oct. 13-14, 2017

To register for this halawai, email All are welcome. Mahalo!

Obama scheduled to announce US Dept. of Interior rule tomorrow; call for opposition

“UPDATE: The final DOI Rule facilitating a government to government relationship with the “Native Hawaiian” community will be released tomorrow morning – Obama will be announcing it. We will be doing a Press Conference at Iolani Palace tomorrow morning at 12 noon 9/23/2016. Please come and join us in opposing this Rule.”

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About the U.S. federal rule on Hawaiian home lands

The link to a Civil Beat July 11, 2016, article co-authored by Lehua Kinilau-Cano, a legislataive analyst for the Hawaii Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Hokulei Lindsey, administrative rules officer for the DHHL is below. Lehua is the most recent kiaʻāina of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and has been presiding over its meetings.

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