Darling listeners, we are joined this week by Shawn Kekoa Pimental who is a Native Hawaiian musician. He has so much to share about the strong, beating heart of Native Hawaiian culture. This all too brief lesson has so many rich details you'll hear new things with every repeat listen. He teaches so much about the culture, language, and history of Hawai'i and shares profound stories from the protests fighting to protect Mauna Kea.
Some of the main talking points from the episode are:
Removing language as a tool of oppression and the sweet relief brought by schools like Punana Leo (The Language Nest) in returning that language to small children so they can grow up with the words in their souls and in their dreams.
A brief history of the ways Native Hawaiian Culture has been under attack and has thrived anyway.
A firsthand account of the protests fighting to protect Mauna Kea and such a clear explanation of why it needs protecting.
Here is the link for a petition you can sign to stop the TMT on Mauna Kea and here is the bail fund Shawn mentioned, Kahea.org
“I am Sophia Wise One: Daughter of the Wind. I am calling you to Rise Up, Rise Up, Rise Up. Rise up and take your place.”
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