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Episode 1: Introduction

Welcome to the first episode of Aloha ‘?ina, a series dedicated to exploring Hawaiian kinship with the natural world. Over the next thirteen weeks, over the course of sixty-five episodes, we’ll speak with k?puna and kumu in the Hawaiian community and explore this deep-rooted and fundamental Hawaiian philosophy.

We’ll look at the complex systems that the early Hawaiians created on land and in the ocean: valleys full of lo‘i kalo, forests of ‘ulu trees, vast fishponds teeming with ‘ama‘ama.  We’ll meet some of the visionaries of those days, ali‘i like Pi‘ilani of Maui and M?‘ilik?kahi of O‘ahu, and we’ll explore the intricacies of a system through which land was cared for but never owned. 

We’ll look at the cataclysmic changes that came with contact with the West and the arrival of capitalism and the idea of land as private property.   We’ll examine the M?hele of the 1840s, the emergence of sugar as an economic juggernaut, the rise of the forces hostile to the monarchy, and, through it all, the way Hawaiians maintained aloha ‘?ina and sought to defend and honor the land – the maka‘?inana as well as leaders such Queen Lili‘uokalani  and Joseph N?wahi.

And we’ll meet people today who are working across the Islands from a foundation of aloha ‘?ina to bring care and consciousness back to the land. We hope you’ll join us on the journey, every weekday at this time.

researcher, writter, and narrator of Aloha Aina. She is currently an editor at Hawai‘i’s largest magazine, Hana Hou!, where she has written and edited numerous award-winning articles about Hawai‘i. She was the founding editor of Honolulu Weekly. She holds a BA in Pacific history and journalism from the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa and a JD from Stanford Law School.
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