"Land is Chief, Man is its Servant."
But right when the World Surf League finally began to see its way out of a complete Coronavirus shutdown, right when alleged plans to bring the Triple Crown, on Oahu’s North Shore, and the Peahi Big Wave Challenge, on Maui, began to form Santa Monica has run into a buzzsaw.
For it is on Maui where activists have mobilized and are demanding a reclamation of native lands, including the road to Jaws, with further actions planned on Oahu’s North Shore.
Per a direct to camera explanation on the Instagram account @secretshawaii, Mary Ann Pahukoa explains both the group’s mission and also the murky facts surrounding a recent arrest warrant:
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Weʻre asking for your support, we are WANTED for the Take-Back of Hawaiian Lands, the status of the Bench Warrant is “inactive” and we await the “active” status which could change at any moment. To be in the hands of Maui Police Department is a direct threat to our SAFETY as we have linked and exposed the corruption and ties of corporations to our government. Alexander & Baldwin have hired aggressors to threaten our lives. We do not live in fear, as our aloha & connection to ʻāina cannot be broken. They will attempt to silence our truths. Bail fund link is in my bio. _________________ ***please do not donate if you are not in capacity to do so. More important than $ is your love. Mahalo for your prayers, support, and aloha.
“This is the TAKE-BACK of Pineapple & Sugar Cane lands, stolen from Hawaiian ʻOhana. This is the eviction of leaseeʻs & corporations who have mis-managed these lands for profit. We strive to work together with all persons who understand He Aliʻi Ka ʻĀina, He Kauwa ke Kanaka, Land is Chief, Man is its Servant.
We’re trying to end the continued displacement of Hawaiians. We’re trying to put Hawaiians back on their ancestral lands so they can be healthy, happy, sheltered. We reclaim lands for the rightful heirs and we have been challenging the real-estate fraud here.”
The World Surf League brass is rumored to be “deeply shaken” by this turn of events, especially in light of the “current climate.”
Land and usage issues have plagued the League before, most recently in 2018 where a wholesale tour re-imagination was scrapped and charges of “entitlement” and “arrogance” were leveled at then-CEO Sophie Goldschmidt.
Will current CEO Erik Logan have the dexterity, the temerity, to navigate?
Much to ponder.