Lā 177: We will continue to kūpaʻa because that is how our kūpuna raised us. Our kiaʻi are fine. We are happy.

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Photo March 26 2015 day one at the crosswalk

Lā 177: Remember, this movement is for the mauna, not a tent. There have been MANY tents since Lā 1 and DLNR has been telling us from the beginning that we were not allowed to have it up. After the emergency rules, which clearly targeted us, DLNR has become more strict and finally served a Notice of Removal for the tent ONLY. We saw this day coming, it is not the end of anything but the tent. Thatʻs it. Not the hale right now. 

Our goal is still the same as it has been from the beginning which is to stop further illegal desecration of Mauna a Wākea. We will continue to kūpaʻa because that is how our kūpuna raised us. Our kiaʻi are fine. We are happy. There is no need for negativity right now. Whether you agree or not with the tent coming down, it is up to the people on the mauna to make the call and i mean that with all due respect and aloha because we have been holding vigil and we see everything that happens on the mauna.

6 months, 9,000ft elevation, 30 degree weather, layers of clothing, EAducating tourist, doing workshops, doing hoʻokipa, reforesting, kilohōkū, reconnecting to ʻāina, getting harassed by the state, facing selective enforcement, restricted religious rights, attending meetings, getting arrested, filing complaints, pending court cases, no income, just donations on the mauna, holding vigil day in and day out isnʻt an easy job, but we did it, for the mauna, for aloha ʻāina, for our lāhui and we will continue to stand for pono in all that we do. Mahalo for your understanding and support. Aloha ʻāina ʻoiaʻiʻo.

Source Kuʻuipo Freitas