Compilation of archival footage from the late 1970’s and early 1980’s documenting the movement to protect the island of Kaho‘olawe. With its success in seeing U.S. military bombing stopped in 1990, the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana has been widely recognized as a catalyst for other struggles to protect important places in Hawai‘i and as the spark that lit a resurgence of Aloha ‘Āina (love for the land) activism that continues today.
Public hearings, 1991
In April, 1991, the Kaho‘olawe Island Conveyance Commission conducted a series of hearings on six Hawaiian islands to collect testimony as to how the island of Kaho‘olawe should be conveyed back to the people of Hawai‘i from the U.S. Navy, who had ceased to use it as a bombing range in 1990.
Kaho‘olawe Aloha ‘Āina focuses on the cultural, political and military significance of the “target island” of Kaho‘olawe in the Hawaiian archipelago. The Hawaiian term aloha ‘āina refers to love of the land, the basis of Hawaiian cultural belief that animates the current movement to bring the island back to life.
Kaho‘olawe Aloha ‘Āina focuses on the cultural, political and military significance of the “target island” of Kaho‘olawe in the Hawaiian archipelago. The program traces the history of the island, from ancient times through the years of ranching, U.S. military bombardment and the modern-day struggle to stop the bombing and reclaim the island.
Produced in 1977 by the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana, this program features scenes from the last years of the life of George Jarrett Helm, Jr. as he worked tirelessly to stop the U.S. military bombing of Kaho‘olawe and inspire others to take up the cause of Aloha ‘Āina (love and protection of the land).
Located on the western tip of the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu, Mākua has long been a place of refuge for Kānaka Maoli, native Hawaiians.
Located on the western tip of the Hawaiian island of O‘ahu, Mākua has long been a place of refuge for Kānaka Maoli, native Hawaiians. One of the last undeveloped valleys on the island, Mākua has become a home for the houseless, the unemployed, working poor, and those that simply want to live the lifestyle of their ancestors. This documentary was produced to ward off another threatened eviction by the state of Hawai‘i, which finally took place in June of 1996.
Recorded in 1983 during a ten-day gathering in Vanuatu, a newly independent island nation in the south Pacific that had recently declared itself a nuclear-free zone, this program takes a look at the Pacific-wide movement towards independence and de-nuclearization.