“…never cease to act because you fear you may fail.”
These words from Queen Lili‘uokalani encourage us to be brave and move forward to uphold the values of our kūpuna.
When on January 17th we are reminded of the historical injustices endured by our lāhui, remember these words.
When we remember the pure aloha demonstrated by our Queen at the time the Kingdom of her people was being overthrown, remember these words.
As we identify our ancestors’ signatures collected by forward-thinking Hawaiian women and men on all islands protesting American annexation, remember these words.
When we survey the civic engagement that played such a role in promulgating goals and initiatives, remember these words.
When we acknowledge the resiliency of our communities, remember these words.
Our people were mindful, ingenious, and courageous to have the presence to tell their stories and control their—our—destinies.
Despite the cultural, historical and social injustices, we are still here. Growing our voice, asserting our strength, we are still here. We have not succumbed, we are still here, and thriving.
As we transition into a new year, let us engage in ways that reflect our intelligence, creativity and fearlessness. Working and growing together, 2019 is going to be powerful.
E ‘onipa‘a kākou,