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The Poem — Presented at Mahi'ai Camp on Moloka'i

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In October of 2022, nine parents (makua) and seven children (keiki) from four Hawaiian islands participated in the first Mahi'ai Camp on Moloka'i. Participants learned about food growing and fishing traditions and techniques, understanding the past to prepare for the future. We are honored to be able to share a poem by Honohono Na'ehu that was read at the camp. Shang Ong was the videographer of the video shown below.

The Poem

by Honohono Na'ehu

Our future should look more like before
Situation getting grim and it’s hard to ignore
Like we knock for nature but nobody opening the door
Cause military stay pimping her like a whore
So, will you stand up is it worth fighting for
But, what else could be worth living or dying for
Top of mauna a wakea to kanaloas sea floor
The whole planet our kupuna circumnavigated and explored
Yet they never made the wrongs right just left an open sore
Like a crooked cop on the hush, taking more
ʻAʻole means No! No matter, make us scatter  

The rat taking more, Hear us roar, light beaming out of every pore
Unchain the brain, the hawk about to soar
Vibrate at a higher frequency little different from before
Gathering up the troops remind them what we fighting for
Cause in this generation this story will become legend then legend will become lore
The score? Our keiki will never not know the truth anymore.
Lorilani Keohokalole
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Lorilani Keohokālole

Lorilani Keohokālole is PAN's Co-Director of Organizing for the Hawaii Region and comes from the beautiful islands of Hawai'i. Born and raised on O'ahu, Lorilani currently resides on the island of Kaua'i. A wife and mother of 4, Lorilani's passion around advocacy was cultivated at a young age. The Hawaiian cultural value of Mālama 'Āina (care of the Land) is a key value that drives her passion for the protection of the 'Āina (Land). Lorilani believes that in caring and cultivating a relationship with the land, one ultimately is cultivating and caring for oneself. Lorilani was a PAN Fellow in 2020 and joined staff in 2021.