kapu aloha

Telescope Protest Inspires More Native Hawaiian Activism

Nov 17, 2019
Jennifer Sinco Kelleher/AP

KAHUKU (AP) — Flapping Hawaiian flags adorn a large canopy on the easement of a highway that winds along Oahu’s famed North Shore.


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Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

The words kapu aloha have emerged in the ongoing conflict over Mauna Kea. The term refers to a non-violent approach in Hawaiian activism. This code of conduct has its roots in the peaceful steps taken by Hawaiʻi’s last monarch, Queen Liliʻuokalani.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

  Nonviolent action has resulted in political change in recent history:  in the American South, in Gandhi’s India, and in South Africa, just a few examples.  Now the self-described “protectors” of Mauna Kea and Haleakalā are rallying around a call for “Kapu Aloha”, a nonviolent mode of conduct that organizers say guides their movement.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

“Active resistance through love, the consistency of that has been proven in many world conflicts. Here is another one.”

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

    Last April, social media buzzed as sign wavings for Mauna Kea “protectors” were held as far away as Kentucky and Tonga. With that first wave of publicity over, the “protectors” both on Mauna Kea and Haleakalā now say there's a guiding principal that keeps them going.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Kapu Aloha. 

Ponoiwi: Living Bones

Jan 7, 2014
Kapulani Landgraf

2013 closed with a wave of proposed developments, particularly on Maui and O’ahu, where   commercial development has, at times, meant a clash between culture and change.   An installation on view now at the Honolulu Museum examines the history of sand mining on Maui, linking it to the cement being poured on O’ahu.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.