From 2002-03, before the Second Gulf War and the invasion of Iraq
With the music of The Big Island Conspiracy, we take another tour around the islands examining some of our consequences stemming from the US military’s continued presence in our beautiful and illegally occupied Kingdom.
The impacts are tragic and really, unnecessary. Lasting, too. The contrasts are extreme on crowded O‘ahu where the US military controls well over 20% of our most prime land. Where too, five miles west of the center of Honolulu’s financial district is the infamous, dangerous and polluted Pearl Harbor.
Once home to the ‘largest nuclear weapons storage depot in the world’, Pearl Harbor and all the menace it entitles the people of Hawai’i, has proven to be more a target than our actual defense.
The footage taken around Waikiki has shots of the Hale Koa Hotel, which is owned by the Pentagon and was the site of Obama’s world famous ‘crashed’ Luau during the last APEC meeting in Honolulu.
The opening scenes, with Uncle Ray Kamaka at Waikane, or ‘Water Man‘, was the camera work of Kyle Kajihiro or the American Friends Service Committee and DMZ Hawaii/Aloha Aina.org. The dramatic back drop of Koloa Mountain was my backyard growing-up and is at the same latitude as Mecca, nearly 180 degrees opposite longitude on the planet. Surely a million prayers a day intended for Mecca are inadvertently redirected here.
In the scenes taken by Kyle at the Mo‘kapu Makahiki, we pass through the Kaneohe Marine Base golf course to another important site. Kyle’s camera work has us viewing a Hawaiian ‘pyramid’ structure at the Pacific’s edge, desecrated by the US military.
Mokapu, or Mo‘o Kapu translates to the kapu, or taboo of the Giant Lizard.
In Hawaiian mythology, Mo‘o Kapu was described as the first place Man set foot upon Earth. There are many ancient Hawaiian remains buried in the caves and sandy bluffs of the peninsula.
These skeletal remains, or the I‘wi, according to the ‘Creation’ legend of the Hawaiians, the Kumulipo, is one vertebrae of the giant lizard spanning the universe.
Throughout the Hawaiian Kingdom and other sad places around the world, the military always finds it necessary to seize and occupy some of the most culturally sensitive -say, Sacred grounds of the Original Peoples.