Rally for Mauna Kea
Please support the KAHEA below and help pass the word. Mahalo.
Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org
We are putting a kahea out to all to join together in a Rally to stand up and be idle no more for the protection of our Mauna a Wakea (Mauna Kea).
Feb. 12 (Tues) 9:30 – 10:30 am @ Hawaii County Building in Hilo
Our ohana is one of six petitioners (Flores-Case Ohana, Kealoha Pisciotta of Mauna Kea Anaina Hou, Clarence Kuauakahi Ching, Paul Neves, Deborah Ward, & KAHEA) engaged in the contested case hearing to protect Mauna a Wakea from further desecration and destruction. After the rally at 11:00, petitioners will present oral arguments to the Board of Land and Natural Resources requesting that they revoke the permit for the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope that would be over 18 stories high and the TALLEST building on the island and excavating over 8 acres of the sacred landscape on the mountain.
It will take more than six petitioners to stand up for the Mauna at this time. It will take all of us in the love and light of Aloha to send the message that our connection to the aina is still strong and that we stand steadfast in the truth that our Mauna is still sacred!
Please send the attached flyer and fact sheet to your email contacts and spread the word. Also attached is jpg file that can be posted on your FB. If you are not able to attend the opening rally on February 12, please pule for all involved that day on both sides, send your Aloha with intentions of connecting with your love and support for the sacred landscape of our ancestors and our children now and to come…
I ka piko o ke aloha,
E. Kalani Flores, B. Pua Case, & Ohana
Described below is cultural insight shared by the ancestral kupuna, kupua, and guardians that still dwell on the top of the Mauna.
This mountain was called Mauna a W?kea (Mountain of W?kea) because unlike any other in the Pacific, it pierces above the clouds into the atmosphere and heavenly realm of W?kea that envelops Papahanaumoku.
Sacred mountains such as Mauna a W?kea, due to their geological composition and extreme
height, are a piko (portal) that allows for the transference of energy from one source to another. This understanding is reflected in the traditional Hawaiian concept of the triple piko of a person. In essence, the piko on the summit of the mountain is comparable to the piko located on the tops of one’s head at the fontanel.
It is this piko on top of the summit where energies and life forces flow from higher dimensions and the Creator and are then transferred into the Earth. Likewise, the piko on top of one’s head receives life forces from higher dimensions and the Creator into one’s body. [see photo in email: On 4 March 2011, a photograph was taken from Waimea by Kehaulani Marshall showing a portal opening above the piko of Mauna a W?kea when such an event was occurring.]
When the piko of the summit is obstructed with the physical excavation of the landscape, asphalt and cement pavement, metal posts implanted in ground, buildings, and construction, it curtails or prevents this flow of energy. Thus, the development on the summit is causing adverse impacts and significant obstructions to the life forces that flow into these islands through this piko. Due to the immense size of the proposed TMT project, it will cause substantial, significant, and cumulative adverse impacts upon Mauna a W?kea.
MAUNA KAPU (SACRED MOUNTAIN)
It is difficult to explain to those who have forgotten or lack an understanding of why such a place as Mauna a W?kea is sacred. The knowing of Mauna a W?kea as being kapu (sacred) was known from the time of the ancient ones. It is for this reason that amongst the countless
ancestors of Kanaka Maoli and numerous ali‘i (chiefly) dynasties that lived in these islands, they never built any heiau (temples) or large structures on the summit in this realm that is considered kapu.
In the times of our ancestors, prior to structures being constructed, one would consult with individuals such as kahuna kuhikuhi pu‘uone who specialized in protocols associated with the selection of such sites so as not to create a physical and/or spiritual disturbance, disconnection, or imbalance between man and his akua, and between man and his environment. We charge that this process of consultation with those recognized as the ancestral akua and kupua of Mauna a W?kea was not done by the Applicant and was also never done by any previous projects.
The greatest obstacle in the protection of sacred places is a lack of understanding of why these places are significant and so special. It has been forgotten when humans interacted with the natural forces and energies of this Earth. Those who have forgotten are products of their social, educational, and/or religious systems. From the modern mindset, most people can recognize the significance of a church building, appreciate the majestic and sacred architecture of a cathedral or synagogue, or be in awe of ancient pyramid and temple structures. However, it seems more difficult for modern minds to recognize that places in nature which bears no special markings or buildings are also considered sacred.
There are countless mountains around the world considered sacred by cultures past and present. These holy mountains are also keystones to indigenous religions that regarded these areas as the abodes of certain gods, goddesses, deities, divine beings, natural forces, and spirits. In addition, pilgrimages to sacred mountains have been taking place for thousands of years.
The ancestral akua, kupua, and kupuna who are connected to Mauna a W?kea as well as the sacred and cultural landscape will be directly and immediately affected by the proposed TMT project.