“The Essence of our Being is Love”

A workshop with Roger Epstein, J.D.
Attitudinal Healing International’s 2014 Pre-Conference Workshop
Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 9am – 12pm
Golden Gate Club in the Presidio, San Francisco

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Bishop Randolph Sykes Mana’o on the 20th Anniversary of Ho‘okuikahi – Reconciliation

Mana‘o of The Most Reverend Stephen Randolph Sykes, E.O.M.C., D.D.

Orthodox Bishop of Hawai‘i of the Inclusive Orthodox Church

And President of The Interfaith Alliance Hawai‘i

Given at Kawaiaha‘o Church, Honolulu

On the 20th Anniversary of

Ho‘okuikahi – Reconciliation

At the invitation of the Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center

January 17, 2013

 

 

Aloha mai kakou,

It is with both thanksgiving and expectation that we take time today to recall the apologies of the United States of America for its support of the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom and of the United Church of Christ for the role its missionaries played in the harm done to the Hawaiian people. It is fitting that this remembrance is occurring in one of the original missionary churches – the great stone church – as Kamehameha III called it.

Many who have entered this sanctuary have asked God for justice. They have prayed for a pono and righteous response to the genocide of Hawaiian people and culture that began shortly after Vancouver brought guns and disease to these islands. This is not to forget that Hawaii nei was not without its rituals of human sacrifice, of burning back kapu, and similar practices that the Europeans and Americans who followed found barbaric.[1] Nor can we forget that these same Europeans and Americans themselves made fortunes by the trading of slaves from Africa and destruction throughout South America. No one was perfect then and no one is today.

So justice and the bringing about of reconciliation are moral imperatives that fall to us. To you and to me. While it is not a Christian concept to speak of reincarnation, the Polynesian and Marquesas navigators who populated these islands considered themselves to be time travelers. It is a concept worth considering. It is why a child was not named until it was understood by the kupuna who that child was. We must therefore ask ourselves, “What is our responsibility today for what our forefathers and foremothers did?” What “karma,” if you will, do we need to clean and reconcile within ourselves and across these islands?

I suggest that it is long past due for the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Nation to be restored. The United States must reconcile justly and righteously with the Hawaiian people. Given how these islands have been militarized and used in ways that have not been pono – for a number of generations – it is a huge task. The United States does not abide by succession, even with states that have become so by treaty. So the entry of Hawai‘i into the Union in 1959 is not reversible.

But the United States must permit the Hawaiian People to restore its Nation in a manner that suits the Hawaiian People. That is a lot for one haole boy, originally from California, to say. This is especially so when we recall as well the genocide of the Native Americans and Eskimo nations and peoples, and recognize those sores have yet to heal. Unfortunately, these are not facts that people today like to remember or for which they want to take responsibility. Many of those growing up today continue to believe propaganda rather than the facts of global history, of United States history, and the history and practices of our country’s many indigenous people.

So, it falls to us. We are the ones who must serve as the bridge for ensuring that understanding of the past is not forgotten. At the same time we must do all within our individual power, as my late colleague George Kanahele said, to “Ku kanaka,” to stand tall. We must share our stories so that memory does not fail. We must do all within our power to urge our mutual government to rectify the wrongs of our ancestors, many of which continue to this day. By our own example in each and everything we do, this must be done in a non-violent and compassionate way. It is not an easy path for any of us but the only one that will ultimately result in the bringing of peace to these Islands and across the Earth.

Amene.




[1]  Mahalo nui loa to Palani Vaughn of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, who explained that the introduction of the kapu was the result of a later Polynesian migration led by Pa‘ao that, among other things, included human sacrifice. It was not a custom of the original Marquesas immigrants to Hawai‘i. Further the mele aloha of Leon Siu spoke to the Hawaiians worshiping the One God, who was called ‘Io, until the arrival of Pa‘ao. Theirs provide a perspective of Hawai‘i from pre-contact days, before the Europeans arrived.

A Breath of Aloha

Native Hawaiian Healing Arts, Cultural Festival & “Fun-raiser” for Kauila Clark

Saturday, December 1, 2012
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

I hope you were able to join us for this beautiful day in the heart of Wai’anae to reconnect with each other, and share in the energy and breath of music, movement, cultural wisdom, and food!  It was an amazing day! and especially because Kauila Clark whom we honored was surprised and thrilled. 

We started at 2 pm with an oli and blessing from Kauila. Kelly Stern on slack key was our MC. Keiki Hula from Halau Hula Olana performed their hearts out. And there were stories! Stories of growing up together from Leilani Collins, stories of Wai’anae over the years from Glenn Kila, lomi with Kumu Karen Carroll and Mark Saito.  808 Singers, our resident Native American singers and dancers performed, including a Hoop Dance. There was a pa’I’ai demonstration and tasting from Daniel Anthony, Kiawe tea and kiawe flour made right here in Wai’anae by Kana’I Dodge. One young man received a tattoo by Keone Nunes, right there on a mat. Keone’s students were all there to assist and refine their techniques.

Kawika Kahiapo played and played as the sun set.

It was, indeed, a Sunday afternoon in the backyard with family and friends.

And what a backyard!   Many people who came to honor Kauila had not been up to the Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center. We are all amazing at the energies coming down from the mountains, powerful feng sui! We felt held and nurtured in the lush green around us and by the immense love for aloha and Kauila held in our hearts and shared that day with each other.

We are especially grateful to Down to Earth and the Wai’anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center for their sponsorship.

For Mark Ka’aha’aina, resident chef and Café Ka’aha’aina owner who made excellent and healthy food for us.

Friends of the Library from Wai’anae

Domestic Violence Action Center Hotline

All the Voyage of Aloha Community volunteers

Everyone who donated the RAFFLE items and SILENT AUCTION items: It was a success.

And, of course, everyone who came and shared their ALOHA with us.

International Forgiveness Day

If you joined us for the International Forgiveness Day on Sunday, August 8, 2012, we appreciate you and your attendance. If you were not able to join us, save Sunday, August 4, 2013. We enjoyed being at the State Capital: a big open space, over 300 people including some passers-by. There was a little wind and lots of sun; it was a great feeling to be together outdoors, in the rotunda.

Please remember our monthly meetings on the 2nd Friday of the month at 1000 Bishop St.  Go to the Hawaii Forgiveness Project website to add your name to our maiing list.

You will find the Forgiveness Project website with the KAHEA and pictures from last year’s event. Please participate by adding your name and sharing your mana’o.

Kahea
A Call from the People of Hawai’i
at the State Capitol, Honolulu

“From this place of honor and shared voices, we, the people of Hawai’i Nei, issue this Kahea to our own souls, to each other and to the world for a renewal of forgiveness in our lives.”

 

Mahalo: Ho’omaika’ika’i Conference was Amazing

We are all connected to this weekend, to this moment. Mahalo to each and every person who participated.

A special THANK YOU  to the Voyage of Aloha Community:
This would not have been possible without your vision, kokua, creative energy and aloha!
Mahalo Mahalo Mahalo!

The following individuals gave of their time, expertise and aloha to make the conference a success. If you see them, please say “Mahalo!”  View the Ho’omaika’ika’i ohana