I am a Native Hawaiian whose ancestors have lived in these Hawaiian Islands for 100 generations. As many of you know, I have long supported the return of the Hawaiian nation to our people and the end of the American military occupation of our country. In 1993, I helped Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi--a Native initiative for self-government begun in 1987 by Mililani Trask--lead a march of 18,000 Native Hawaiians calling for the return of Hawaiian Sovereignty on the 100 year anniversary of the overthrow. In my speech I called for the closing of the US bases in Hawaiʻi, and invited the US military to take their nuclear weapons, and their nuclear submarines, and their toxic waste, and their military personnel, all home to their continent. The crowd cheered madly, but the US military didn’t leave. That was 21 years ago . . .
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