Moving Together for Cultural Restoration

Yellow HibiscusThis Friday evening (yes, tonight) at 6:30 pm join supporters of Hawaii Bilingual (H2O) for the evening, artistic portion of their monthly vigil that occurs at the end of each month.  This is an event that began back in April and will continue to be observed “until an Official Languages Act similar to Canada’s and Ireland’s is adopted by the Hawai’i State Legislature, effectively confirming an end of the era of Hawaiian cultural genocide.”

Cultural genocide is a pretty strong term.  If you think about it, it’s not too far off the mark.  I was shocked to learn that people were not only forbidden to speak the language but were severely punished if they were caught doing so.  That is so, so wrong!  I don’t know all the horrific details and don’t want to know — it breaks my heart.  Take away a language and thus begins cultural disintegration.  Acknowledging that “cultural genocide” is a strong term, most will agree that it is quite accurate when you look at the bigger, historic picture.

I don’t understand this retarded occurrence in our history but I intend to support the movement to restore a very important part of our beloved culture — the language!  See the flyer here for a more detailed description of the event and the movement.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the door.  Pupu will be provided as people kick back and relax to the symphonic sounds of talented musicians hailing from our own Honolulu Symphony.  Come and share in the peace and aloha of this bilingual event.  If enough of us band together for this purpose, the State will eventually have to listen.  🙂

Bring a chair, and your drink(s) of choice to:

Fresh Cafe
831 Queen Street
Kaka’ako, Honolulu

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Keahi Pelayo // Sep 25, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Consider that culture is always shifting and changing. Just like the “pigeon” english of today bears no resemblance to that “pigeon” of my childhood…all things change.

  • 2 Evelyn // Sep 25, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Yes, Keahi, it has changed. But it was never disallowed and, for the most part, we were not beaten when we used it. Scolded by some highly-educated parents perhaps, but never beaten.

    Even the Hawaiian that is being taught today has a few cultural twists that have been generally accepted by the community, but it is still being preserved in its basic, original form.

    Canada and Ireland felt the same way about the linguistical parts of their heritage and they have taken strides to restore and protect part of those cultures as we are seeking to do here.

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