The Guardian

Indigenous surfing rides high: 'The ocean is my people's totem'

Otis Carey can’t really tell you when he started surfing but his connection to the sea is clearly ingrained. “I was two days old when I first touched saltwater,” he says. Recently signed to Billabong on a deal that combines his love of surfing with his passion for contemporary Aboriginal art, he is part of a new generation of Indigenous Australians who have taken to the water to celebrate connections to country and culture, and to stake a claim to Indigenous lands and survival.

Summit - Culture in motion

On most days, the Hawai‘i State Capitol Building stands stoically silent, so empty and cavernous that you can hear the footsteps of hurried legislative assistants patter across the rotunda floor. But on a sunny afternoon in January—on opening day of the legislative session—the Capitol is packed with children, adults, activists and dozens of papa ku‘i ‘ai (large wooden boards used for pounding kalo into poi and pa‘i‘ai). As people take turns at the papa, I watch conversations unfold between strangers, many of them learning to ku‘i ‘ai, or pound kalo, for the first time.
The Guardian

Moana might be great for representation but it's not all heartwarming for Hawaii | Tina Grandinetti

...But the veneer of “culture” has always been an important part of colonial profit-making in the Pacific. Think tiki torches, hula skirts and lu’au. As it turns out, “authenticity” makes for even better marketing, and Moana is just one of the Polynesian products that the corporation is hoping to sell. As the Māori scholar Tina Ngata argues, Moana is a “very flash-looking, prolonged advertisement for a merchandise and tourism machine” that includes the 351-room Aulani resort, 481 Disney Vacation Club timeshare units in Aulani, and talks of regular cruise ship routes through the Hawaiian Islands.

Re-Scape the city

On the most isolated archipelago on the planet, it’s easy to assume that life in Hawai‘i is far removed from the rest of the world. But as agricultural lands shrink, traffic congestion intensifies, beaches recede and the cost of living continues to rise, it is becoming increasingly clear that Hawai‘i’s growing pains reflect much larger planetary issues. Sean Connelly, an O‘ahu-born architect, urban designer and visual artist, takes these problems seriously and believes that traditional Hawaiian resource management systems can help to solve them.
Roads & Kingdoms

No Cages Necessary

A waterman by heritage and lifeguard by profession, Berry spends most mornings living out your worst fear. Whenever conditions allow, the young kanaka maoli—Native Hawaiian—dives into the Pacific equipped with nothing but a mask and snorkel, to swim among dozens of silver-skinned sharks. From just below the water’s surface, he studies their behavior as they emerge silently from the depths and vie for dominance at the surface, a choreography few people ever have the opportunity to witness firsthand.
FLUX Hawaii

Atom Bombs and Rising Seas

An estimated 15,000 to 18,000 people from the Oceanic region of Micronesia, which includes the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Marshall Islands, currently reside in Hawai‘i. They are the most recent additions to Hawai‘i’s diverse population, adding such ethnicities as Kosraen, Chuukese, Marshallese, and Palauan to an already mixed plate of cultures. Despite Hawai‘i’s aloha spirit, the Micronesian community living in the isles face daily discrimination and instituti

Ramallah: The Suburban Homes of the New Palestinian Middle Class

In the West Bank, between Ramallah and Nablus, air-conditioned tour busses carry groups of American investors up and down a winding, unpaved road to view the birth of a new Palestinian city called Rawabi. This master-planned city, they are told, represents the promise of a new Palestine. As an editorial in Israel’s largest-circulation newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth stated, the city of Rawabi, is a “bourgeois, well-kept, demilitarized island free of politics.” Indeed, Rawabi is the spatial embodiment of the neoliberal incarnation of Israeli occupation, a project to employ urban development in the cultivation of a new depoliticized Palestinian subjectivity.

How mainstream media tried and failed to whitewash Bernie Sanders’ Hawaii win

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won 69.8 percent of the vote in Hawaii’s Democratic presidential caucus on Saturday. By Sunday, voters in Hawaii—a state that is made up mostly of people of color—woke up white. Thanks to a history of settler colonialism and the legacy of plantation economy, faces of the “Aloha State” look a lot different than those from the continental U.S. On these Pacific islands, 21 percent of the population identify as multiracial, and 40 percent are estimated to be multiethnic.
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