Ep. 146 Water Is Life / Shut Down Red Hill, installment 2

This is our second installment in response to the Water Is Life / Shut Down Red Hill call for materials. We are grateful to Tina Grandinetti and Shelley Muneoka for permission to share out recordings of their speeches and to Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio for permission to share out a recording of her poem from the Oʻahu Water Protectors’ Die-In & Rise-Up action at Queen Liliʻuokalani’s statue on December 9. (Special shout out to the Oʻahu Water Protectors for organizing this event and recording and editing such beautiful videos. If you haven’t seen them already, we encourage you to follow @oahuwaterprotectors on Instagram so you can take in the powerful visuals alongside these vital words.) We are grateful to ʻIhilani Lasconia for permission to share out the single she wrote at a previous rally to protest against the US Navy leaking thousands of gallons of petroleum into Kapūkaki. And we are grateful to Malia Osorio for her permission to share out the recording of her testimony in support of Bill 48 and Resolution 21-276 as she held her and Heoli’s beautiful new baby in her arms.

We are bowled over by each of these powerhouse creators and are honored to get to share out their work.

If you haven’t already, we urge you, dear listeners, to follow organizations that are working hard to raise awareness about this issue and to organizing calls to action, including (but not limited to) Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi, Oʻahu Water Protectors, Kaʻohewai, Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice, and KAHEA Alliance. Sierra Club in particular is calling on us to write to Biden to urge him to direct the Navy to shut down Red Hill and to the Secretary of Defense demanding that Red Hill be shut down, and more.

On Monday, December 20, at 8 am, there will be a hearing on the Red Hill emergency order to defuel the tanks. Stream it live right here: https://www.youtube.com/c/HawaiiDOH

BIOS

Tina Grandinetti is a biracial Uchinaanchu woman, born and raised in occupied Hawaiʻi. She is interested in the intersections of settler colonialism, neoliberalism, and urban inequality. Her current doctoral project interrogates the production of housing insecurity and settler colonial geographies in Hawaiʻi by engaging in critical ethnographic research in two very different urban spaces: Kakaʻako, a luxury redevelopment district, and Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae, an Indigenous-led houseless encampment. Her work has been published in Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Settler Colonial Studies, and The Journal of Human Geography, and in the anthologies The Value of Hawaiʻi 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, and Detours: A Decolonial Guidebook to Hawaiʻi (forthcoming, Duke University Press). As an activist, Tina has been involved in grassroots movements towards a demilitarized Hawaiʻi through organizations like Women’s Voices Women Speak and the International Women’s Network Against Militarism.

ʻIhilani Lasconia (ep. 103, Lit for the Mauna; ep. 121, Nā Hua Ea) is a Native Hawaiian student, artist, and organizer from Waimānalo, Oʻahu. ʻIhilani is currently a master’s candidate in education administration at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Through her art, ʻIhilani hopes to inspire others to think about decolonization, deoccupation, and sovereignty.

Shelley Muneoka (ep. 40, In Support of the Kiaʻi Mauna) works in Community Outreach for KAHEA, a community-based organization working to improve the quality of life for Hawaiʻi’s people and future generations through the revitalization and protection of Hawaiʻi’s unique natural and cultural resources. KAHEA advocates for the proper stewardship of Hawaiʻi resources and for social responsibility by promoting cultural understanding and environmental justice. Shelley is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools (’03). She holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Evansville and a MSW from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Prior to joining KAHEA, Shelley worked with Queen Liliʻuokalani Children’s Center (QLCC), Hā Kūpuna, and the Quentin Burdick Rural Health Program.

Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio (ep. 11, Collaborative Poem; ep. 101, Lit for the Mauna; ep. 122, Cancel RIMPAC Now and Forever) is a Kanaka Maoli wahine artist / activist / scholar / storyteller born and raised in Pālolo Valley to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Heoli earned her PhD in English (Hawaiian literature) in 2018 from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Currently, Heoli is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Heoli is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor, and a published author. In 2020 her poetry and activism were the subject of an award-winning film, This Is the Way We Rise (directed by Ciara Lacey), which was featured in Vogue.com and at Sundance Film Festival. She is a proud past Kaiāpuni student, Ford fellow, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford University (BA) and New York University (MA). Her book Remembering Our Intimacies: Moʻolelo, Aloha ʻĀina, and Ea was published in 2021 by The University of Minnesota Press. She believes that aloha ʻāina can save the world.

Malia Osorio (ep. 2, Water Is Life, “So You Heard About December 5”) is an environmental activist, Hawaiian native, water protector, and Indigenous woman. She joined the Standing Rock Sioux on the front lines against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline in the face of human and environmental rights violations. Through changing the culture of disregard and disrespect of nature and Indigenous people, her goal is to create a renewable and sustainable future for coming generations. A lifelong steward of Native treaty lands and sovereign rights at home in Hawaiʻi, she is a kiaʻi who worked to halt construction of the world’s largest telescope on Hawaiʻi’s most sacred mountain. Malia brings what she’s learned from the Standing Rock movement to nationwide goals such as adopting sustainable energy, and continuing to live a life of pono, or righteousness, as is said in Hawaiian. She inspires other women towards leadership with consideration for their neighbors and for the planet.

PLAYLIST

  1. Tina Grandinetti’s December 9 speech
  2. ʻIhilani Lasconia’s “Ola I Ka Wai (Drip-Drop)
  3. Shelley Muneoka’s December 9 speech
  4. Makaha Sons of Niʻihau’s “Kahoʻolawe
  5. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio’s “We Knew We Were Liberated When We No Longer Feared for Our Daughters
  6. Hāwane Rios’s “Nopu ka Manaʻo
  7. Malia Osorio’s testimony in support of Bill 48 and Resolution 21-276
  8. Hāwane Rios’s “Free the Streams
  9. Bonus track requests from Shelley: Bill Withers’s “Can We Pretend” & Bob Marley’s “So Much Trouble in the World

FULL EPISODE

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