The most contentious nodes of local culture are connected to material remains of Hawaiian culture, especially locations that are historically and spiritually significant to Hawaiian people but not officially “policed” or maintained. The summer home of King Kamehameha III, Kaniakapūpū (“The Singing Of The Land Shell”), is one such place.
In 2007, I joined a local archaeology company, digging for historical artifacts and ancient burials. I monitored construction sites and performed cultural assessments for development projects, dealing with any finds lawfully and with a culturally respectful nature. One particularly sensitive site was in Kaka’ako.
When filmmakers Jeff Katts and Jason Suapaia were rejected from the Hawai‘i International Film Festival in 1999, they decided to make their own damn festival. 15 years later, it’s bigger and stronger than they ever could’ve believed.
Once upon a time, comic books were often looked upon with derision, while the readers were cast out as nerds, worthy of ridicule. My, how times have changed.