via Ka Leo O Hawaii: UH Manoa Student College Newspaper & Media – ‘Noho Hewa: The wrongful occupation of Hawai’i.

By Junghee Lee


Published: Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Updated: Monday, August 3, 2009

“Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai’i,” a documentary from filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly, will be shown today at 3:30 p.m. in the Art Building Auditorium.

“The film connects the military occupation of Hawai’i to the fraudulence of statehood, the Akaka Bill, homelessness, desecration and more,” Kelly said.

Kelly was born and raised in Hawai’i but left the Islands to pursue her education; she earned her master’s in fine arts in filmmaking at UCLA.

She has been working on the issue of Hawai’i’s sovereignty for the past eight years. Her works have been published at The Nation, Indian Country Today and Honolulu Weekly. She’s also been on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer and Democracy Now!.

“I was so desperate that people should know what’s happening to us here (in Hawai’i). If I’m ever told that there’s a space or hole (for newspapers), I got a Hawaiian story for that,” Kelly said, after the showing of her documentary at the Hawai’i International Film Festival.

Over the years, 120 military installations have been built on O’ahu, Moloka’i, Hawai’i, Kaua’i and Maui over sacred lands and graves of Hawaiian ancestors.

In order to install new buildings, many local companies, such as the Moloka’i Ranch, closed down and residents were removed, leaving many Hawaiians homeless, said Noenoe Silva, Hawaiian studies professor at the University of Hawai’i at M?noa.

“This is ethnic cleansing,” Silva said, in the film. (Hawai’i is) not a natural environment anymore; this is a tourist environment, a military environment.”

Through the showing of the film, many students at the university have become aware of the issue.

“Before I watched this, I didn’t even know this was happening,” said Jordan Mukai, a student in the Hawaiian studies course. “All of this information is so shocking.”

“Hopefully, through this film, more people will be aware of what’s happening in Hawai’i,” Kelly said. “It is up to us, not the future generation, but us, to make a change.”