E Mau Ke Ea O ka Aina I ka Pono
Judy Napoleon will be honored as a Hawaiian activist who was part of the founding group that created Hui Alaloa, an organization of Molokai residents dedicated to expressing concerns over the encroachment of development. The group was also fundamental in protesting the military bombings on Kahoolawe.
“We are not American! We are not American! We are not American! Say it in your heart. Say it in your sleep. We are not American! We will die as Hawaiians. We will never be Americans.” Fierce, intelligent, radical and blunt, Haunani-Kay Trask was one of the most important and influential Hawaiian nationalists of all time. Born into a political family, Haunani-Kay developed her legendary oral skill by reciting her father’s legal arguments at the age of five. She proudly went on to develop her razor sharp analysis skills at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received her Ph.D. in political science. She returned home in full force, employing her sharp criticism against the US military bombing of Kahoolawe. As a professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, she criticized the university for its racist practices against native Hawaiians and led the charge to have the first Hawaiian Studies building constructed. She encouraged countless Hawaiian students to pursue higher degrees to advance the Hawaiian independence movement. Subsequently, Haunani-Kay Trask is responsible not just for advancing Hawaiian academic scholarship, but also for inspiring a new wave of Hawaiian leadership.