Bernard Punikaia, patriot

This month, the 30th anniversary of the eviction at Hale Mohalu, the Hansen’s Disease facility in Honolulu, we honor Bernard Punikaia, singer, songwriter and advocate for Hansen’s Disease patients world-wide. Arrested with Clarence Naia and numerous supporters, Bernard led the resistance to the eviction in 1983. His efforts eventually led to the construction of a new Hale Mohalu facility that will house patients and elderly on the same beautiful grounds. This month’s featured video includes Bernard performing one of his own songs, accompanied by Imaikalani Kalahele and Peter Kealoha.