MĀKUA ON VIDEO/TV/RADIO/podcasts

Mākua and the issues that surround Mākua have been the subjects of countless television, radio and video broadcasts. Here you will find examples of those broadcasts. More videos or clips will be added all the time, so please check back.

 

"Have faith. Get involved. No matter what your expertise of study, thereʻs always a portion of Mākua that can accommodate your interests, and we, as Mālama Mākua, would like to hear your views and opinions or even ideas about how to proceed in different areas. Aloha."

- cultural practitioner leandra wai-rodrigues

2009 - Mālama Mākua cultural practitioner Leandra Wai speaks about her relationship to Mākua, how she became involved in Mālama Mākua, the legal action against the U.S. army, how the army treats cultural practitioners coming into Mākua, her manaʻo on how it should be Native Hawaiian practitioners who give the cultural sensitivity training to the army representatives about Hawaiian archeology and anthropology and not those from within the army, how we should be listening for the many voices that go unheard concerning Mākua, how the army manipulates Kanaka Maoli, and what she envisions for the future use of Mākua and the part Mālama ʻĀina has to play in that. She closed the video by saying: "Have faith. Get involved. No matter what your expertise of study, thereʻs always a portion of Mākua that can accommodate your interests, and we, as Mālama Mākua, would like to hear your views and opinions or even ideas about how to proceed in different areas. Aloha."


2018

Mākua Valley and Pōhakuloa: Access to ʻĀina and Closure of Hegemony

Mākua Valley cultural access, ‘Apelila 14, 2018: 0:00 - 11:23; Pōhakuloa, Earth Day, ‘Apelila 22, 2018: 11:27 - 18:38; Ruth Aloua presentation about Pōhakuloa and militarization in general at Hilo Community College, Iulai 19, 2017: 18:41. Cameras: Oren Tsutsumi, Pi‘ikea Keawekane-Stafford


2017

“Cultural access to military training grounds in Mākua Valley began in a court battle between the military and the native Hawaiian community. Nearly two decades later, the cultural access program has begun to foster a transformation in mutual understanding and relationship building. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.”

Mālama Mākuaʻs Vince Kanaʻi Dodge, Sparky Rodrigues, and Lynette Cruz (appearing in that order) share manaʻo about sacred Mākua and the mission of Mālama Mākua in sacred Mākua Valley in this short film by Erin Sitt.


2016

Kānaka celebrate the rich and dynamic lives of Aloha ʻĀina - Puhipau, Kekuni Blaisdell and Leandra Wai-Rodrigues - and reflect, remember and celebrate their lives loves and legacies. The celebration was held on ‘Iolani Palace grounds on Malaki 25, 2016. Switching and camera for livestream: Scotty Wong of Kingdom Media Hawai‘i; Camera: Pono Kealoha; Interviews and camera: Kaukaohu Wahilani; Camera and editing: Oren Tsutsumi. Parts 1-4.


2015

“The U.S. Army in Hawaiʻi is in the midst of completing another environmental study related to Mākua Valley, the military’s live-fire range on Oʻahu. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka has this update.”


2014

The iconic Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūleʻa circumnavigated the globe from 2014 until June 2017, bringing the world a Hawaiian message of Mālama Honua, caring for island Earth. The Mālama Honua sail plan included more than 150 ports, 23 countries and territories, and eight of UNESCO’S Marine World Heritage sites, engaging local communities and practicing how to live sustainably. Hōkūleʻa first embarked on a sail around the islands to gain permission to represent Hawaiʻi. After visiting each of the eight major Hawaiian islands on the Mālama Hawaiʻi leg, Hōkūleʻa and sister waʻa Hikianalia returned to Oʻahu, on the Leeward coast, where Mākua Valley greeted them in June 2014. This video originally aired on ʻŌiwi TV.


2012

Kanaka Maoli attorney and activist Pōkā Laenui speaks in the third segment of his radio show on KWAI 1080 AM on Sunday, April 8, 2012, about Mākua Valley, U.S. militarism exploiting Hawaiʻi for missions worldwide, and recalls the time he was in Mākua with U.S. military personnel and expressed his manaʻo that the U.S. military must leave Hawaiʻi.

 

“Earthjustice Press Secretary Kari Birdseye speaks with David Henkin, an attorney in Earthjusticeʻs Mid-Pacific office in Honolulu, in this Earthjustice-produced podcast.

“For almost two decades, Henkin has worked to force the U.S army to stop live-fire training operations at the Mākua Military Reservation on Oʻahu. A culturally and ecologically important area, Mākua is home to scores of ancient Hawaiian artifacts, cultural sites, and nearly 50 endangered plants and animals.”


2010

Robert Oliveira, Jr., and William Aila question U.S. army colonel Matthew Margotta during a tense Waiʻanae Neighborhood Board meeting that featured a presentation to a packed room by Margotta on February 2, 2010. Filmed by Pono Kealoha.


2009

Press conference with Earthjustice attorney and Mālama Mākua legal counsel David Henkin outside U.S. Federal Court in Honolulu concerning legal proceedings between Mālama Mākua and the U.S. army. This video originally aired on ʻŌlelo TV.

 

Mālama Mākua members Sparky Rodrigues, cultural practitioner Leandra Wai-Rodrigues, and Fred Dodge, along with Hui Mālama O Mākua representative William Aila, speak about being denied from cultural access in 2009. This video originally aired on ʻŌlelo TV.

 

Mālama Mākua founding member Fred Dodge leads a peace vigil outside the gate at sacred Mākua Valley to support the clean-up and return of Mākua in December 2009. This video originally aired on ʻŌlelo TV.

 

When most think of a Hawaiian queen, they think of Liliʻuokalani, and rightly so, but Hawaiʻiʻs first queen ruled five centuries earlier and won a decisive military victory in Mākua Valley. During the time when the Hawaiian Islands were ruled as four separate kingdoms in the 14th century, there emerged a powerful new force on the Kingdom of Oʻahu and that new force was Kūkaniloko, Hawaiʻi's first queen. Defying tradition and potential rivals, the King of O`ahu named his daughter, Kūkaniloko as his successor. Her reign would mark the first time a woman would be given both secular and religious power in Hawai`i and would pave the way for future female leaders in Hawaiian history. Video created by Adam Keawe Manalo-Camp. Music: Chant and Drums: Noenoe Lewis & Hau`oli Lewis. Source: Fornander, Abraham. An Account of the Polynesian Race: Its Origin and Migrations, Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1969. Kamakau, Samuel. Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii, Revised Edition, Honolulu: Kamehameha Schools Press, 1992.


2008

“Mākua Valley, on the island of Oʻahu, is where Native Hawaiians lived for more than a thousand years. That is until the U.S. military evicted the Natives so they could use the area for training with live ammunition and weapons.

“Native Hawaiian and Making Contact intern Samson Reiny reports on what happens when the military takes over historically sacred land, and on how people are fighting back to reclaim this once pristine area.

“On this edition, we're offered a glimpse into a paradise lost. This program was produced as part of National Radio Project's internship program. “

Featuring: Momi Kamahele, Mākua Makahiki cultural advisor; David Henkin, Earth Justice attorney; Kyle Kajihiro, Mākua Makahiki member; Fred Dodge, Mālama Mākua spokesman; Summer Nemeth, English teacher and demilitarization activist.

Executive Producer/Host: Tena Rubio Contributing Producer: Samson Reiny Producer: Andrew Stelzer Associate Producer: Puck Lo Interns: Samson Reiny and Elena Botkin-Levy Music: Robi Kahakalau, Israel Kamakawioole, Fiji.


1996

At a Mākua "Open House" in 1996, U.S. military officers talk about what they believe is the importance of Mākua Valley for training with live rounds. Visitors to the “Open House” are taken for a tour of selected training sites in the valley, where open burning and open detonation, hazardous and toxic waste, and fire control measures are examined. Archaeological studies and inventories, water and soil run off, and contamination problems are discussed. Mālama Mākua founding member Sparky Rodrigues talks about his concerns about evictions taking place at the time, the contamination of Makua Valley, the condition of the valley at the end of the 65-year lease from the state of Hawaiʻi, and the violence that is promoted by military activities in a sacred valley. He also discusses the history of the valley and the significance of certain place names.


Producers: Henry Paoa, Jude Dady. Narrator: Mālama Mākua founding member Sparky Rodrigues. Host: Jude Dady. Guests: Col. John Woods, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army; Lt. Col. Bernie Champaux, 27th Infantry Battalion Wolfhounds. “Mākua Valley: Yesterday and Today, What about Tomorrow?” ©1996. Telecast on Aug. 29, 1997, on VIEWS, Oceanic Cable channel 54, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.