HAWAI‘I LOA KU LIKE KA KOU
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2003
Contact: ‘Ehu Cardwell
(619) 885-4848 Nationwide Cell
Honolulu, Hawai’i – Native Hawaiians and their supporters turned out in massive numbers this morning at the Hawai’i State Capitol building to show their support for Native Hawaiian rights.
“We expected hundreds to show, but the numbers went well beyond that,” declared Living Nation event organizer Mel Kalahiki. “The show of support this morning clearly demonstrates that we are on the right track.”
Supporters voiced their demands for the payment of ceded land revenues to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
“We appreciate the show of support from both Native Hawaiians and non-Natives,” remarked Kalahiki. “We do share the same history.”
Starting at ‘Iolani Palace grounds, marchers then proceeded around the block of the State Capitol, chanting loudly in Hawaiian. The rally culminated in a rousing gathering in the Capitol rotunda.
The crowd let loose with an uproarious cheer as a downpour of rain came the moment the rally ended. “Rain is understood and celebrated as a blessing and support for our actions by our ancestors,” stated Lynette Cruz, Living Nation event co-chair. “The heavier the downpour, the greater the blessing.”
Living Nation events continue through the week with a march from downtown Honolulu staring at Fort and Queen streets ending at ‘Iolani Palace on Friday morning and closing with a torchlight procession Friday evening.
For more information, call Mel Kalahiki at (808) 236-3636 or Lynette Cruz at (808) 738-0084. Or visit the website at www.livingnation.org
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