July 17, 2015
Maori support for Hawaiian protest welcomed
A Hawaiian independence advocate says support from Maori for protest actions is greatly welcomed.
University of Hawai'i political scientist Keanu Sai is here to discuss with tribal and political leaders the implications for Aotearoa of the assertion that Hawai‘i is under an illegal occupation by the United States, stemming from its unilateral seizure in 1898.
He says the 100-day blockade of the sacred mountain Mauna a Wakea to prevent the construction of the world’s largest telescope is a sign of continued resistance.
Maori have joined the worldwide chorus of support.
"We have not only parallels with our political history but we have parallels from our geneology, we share a common language. It's awesome that our people are grabbing on to issues and matters that have a profound effect. And the support we in Hawai'i get from you folks here, Awesome !" he says.
Dr Sai is inviting supporters of Mauna a Wakea to a dawn ceremony of solidarity at Okahu Bay in Auckland tomorrow morning.
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