Above all else, the opportunity to present at the UN Small Island Developing States Conference showed us that while Mālama Honua is extraordinarily difficult, unfathomably complicated, and absurdly ambitious, it is also entirely necessary.
Reconnecting ourselves to our mother tongue, our chants and song, a conscientiousness of our socioeconomic and political standings have provided a cumulative movement of the strengthening of our indigeneity.
What do we think of people in persistent vegetative states, who can breathe but can't think? Mentally, they are dead, but since we're very aware of the body still lying there, we can't as easily imagine them as active characters in our lives.
A new condition is spreading across the country -- PVS -- Phantom Vibration Syndrome. Millions of people are reporting symptoms of feeling a buzz in their pockets, purses and jackets where no such vibration occurred.