Defend ‘Olelo Hawai’i

A University of Hawaii professor on Maui says a warrant was issued for his arrest because he spoke Hawaiian to a judge in a Wailuku courtroom.

The warrant for Samuel Kaleikoa Kaeo’s arrest was issued Wednesday, and swiftly spurred a wave of outrage among his supporters.

After being asked to identify himself, Kaeo did so in Hawaiian — and that led the judge to rule him not present.

“Since the court is unable to get a definitive determination for the record that the defendant seated in court is Mr. Samuel Kaeo, bailiff, make three calls for the defendant,” Judge Blaine Kobayshi said, in court.

A courtroom full of Kaeo’s supporters immediately began yelling from the gallery. 

But their outrage didn’t move the judge. A bench warrant for $750 was issued for Kaeo’s arrest.

“I showed up,” Kaeo said, addressing his supporters outside the courtroom. “I dealt with this judge maybe 15 times before. So, obviously, it had nothing to do with they couldn’t recognize me.”

He added, “You see what the issue was? It wasn’t about me. It was about the fact that I was speaking Hawaiian. But these small obstacles are the kinds of things we overcome.”

Kaeo was one of six people arrested following the August 2017 Haleakala protection, and was among hundreds who gathered to try to prevent construction crews from getting through. 

Kaeo had requested a Hawaiian translator during his trial, but the judge denied his request. Hawaiian and English are the state’s official languages.

The case also drew rebuke from Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe.

“Punishing Native Hawaiians for speaking our native language invokes a disturbing era in Hawaii’s history when olelo Hawaii was prohibited in schools, a form of cultural suppression that substantially contributed to the near extinction of the Hawaiian language,” Crabbe said.

“It is disappointing that the state government continues to place barriers on olelo Hawaii, 40 years after Hawaii’s constitution was amended to recognize the Hawaiian language as an official language of the state. We demand that the state Judiciary find an immediate solution to this issue.”  

Kaeo is an associate professor of Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii Maui College. 


Supporters for Kaeo are organizing a rally for Friday at the Old Wailuku Courthouse from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2018 Ku’i @ The Capitol / 125 ‘Onipa’a Kakou

2018 Ku’i @ The Capitol. Mahalo nui @ManaAi for being an inspiration for us!
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125 Years. From our kupuna to our keiki, we continue to honor her legacy, perpetuate our culture & defend #Hawaii.
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Defend your homes & your loved ones

  Remember back in our tutus days, when we could run around the neighborhood leaving the front door open? Or when papa could leave us in the car with the doors unlocked as he ran into Time’s Supermarket real quick to grab some poke? Those were the days and sadly those days have changed.

  Over the past year, the aloha in our beautiful state has dramatically decreased. Popping up more and more are the stories of home invasions, kidnappings & downright pilau crimes. Many of you may have been affected, know someone who’s been affected or simply heard of the stories from family, friends or even the news. Where has the aloha gone? Where has the respect for the community dissipated too? With crime rates rising, and the cost of living here on the islands increasing, the correlation is clear. From Oahu to Big Island and in between, locals are being pushed to the limit and it’s only affecting our communities in a negative way.

  What can we do to prevent further crimes from happening on our islands and in our communities? The solution isn’t clear but each one of us can do our part even if it’s just watching out for our neighbors, contacting the proper authority for any suspicious activity, helping out those in need & showing aloha wherever we go. Another step we all can do towards a safer living is making sure our homes are properly secured and protected. From a compatible alarm system like the one’s APN Alarms offer or even a reliable, family friendly, security bred Belgian Malinois like the ones our good friends over at Defend Kennels offer.

    Defend Kennels is located on Oahu and they specialize in breeding quality Belgian Malinois from 1st generation European lines in Hawai’i. The Belgian Malinois is a protective guard dog fit & reliable for keeping your home safe and secure. They are also loyal, perfect for companionship and keeping around the ohana.

Visit for more information how on who can get your own Belgian Malinois for you and the ohana. Keep your ohana safe, keep your property secure & ease your mind. Defend your homes, your loved ones & #DefendHawaii.


2018 Ku’i @ The Capitol

Kuʻi 2018 – January 17, 2018

Hawaii State Capitol Rotunda

This year we honor Anakala Jerry Konanui. Come and open the 2018 legislative session with 2,000 pounds of kalo. Bring your papa and pohaku or come and use ours. Free kalo for the community.

We are asking to bring and share Hawaiian Varieties of Kalo, Awa, Ulu and Niu to plant. Farmer will be present to take any and all to plant to feed our growing aloha ʻāina community.

Come at 7 am to help set up. The opening protocol starts at 9am and then we will start pounding until its all gone.

Bring your school group – contact us for more details if you plan on brining a large group.

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