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For The Love of The Mauna, Part 1

All My Relations Podcast

12/10/20 • 46 min

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This special three part series is a story about land, culture, and connections to place—it's the story to protect Mauna Kea on the Island of Hawaii. Kanaka Maoli people have been fighting to stop the construction of the thirty meter telescope (TMT) since it's inception in 2009, and in the summer of 2019 a resistance camp at Pu’u huluhulu was established on the Mauna.

Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain on earth from the sea floor to its summit. For Native Hawaiians, it is considered the most sacred, deeply honored in their creation story and time honored traditions. The destruction and ongoing desecration from tourism and the existing 13 telescopes on the Mauna has been devastating to the mountain’s fragile and unique ecosystem, and is a blatant disrespect to Kanaka cultural beliefs.

In this series we’ll listen to leaders in the movement to stop TMT and protect Mauna Kea, hear the history of the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, about the sacredness of the land, the personal power of being in the movement, and bring us up to speed on what is happening now.

Central in the series are kapuna and scholar Dr. Auntie Noe Noe Wong-Wilson, scholar, poet, and activist; Jamaica Osorio, activist, educator, and cultural practitioner; and Lanakila Mangauil who discuss the health of the natural environment and its connection to fundamental rights as Indigenous peoples.

This first episode gives us the background and story of the beginning of the TMT fight and the cultural foundations of Mauna Kea.

“We take care of the land because without the land we have no culture. Our culture cannot exist without these places.” - Lanakila Mangauil

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Dr. Noe Noe Wong Wilson, Executive Director of The LĀLĀKEA FOUNDATION

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Music and Ole’s


“Kū Haʻaheo e Kuʻu Hawaiʻi”

Composed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

from “Kūhaʻo Maunakea” (Kanaeokana)”


Interludes by

Masa Kobayashi


Episode artwork inspired by the four maidens, the goddesses of the snow-covered mountains, Poliʻahu, Waiau, Kahoupokane, and Lilinoe, drawn by Ciara Sana.
Special Thanks to Josh Mori for advising us on this episode.

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Follow us on Instagam @amrpodcast, or support our work on Patreon. Show notes are published on our website, Matika's book is available for pre-order! T'igwicid and Wado for being on this journey with us.


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