We thought we were Hawaiian
Our ancestors were Liloa, Kualiʻi and Alapaʻi.
We fought at Mokuohai, Kepaniwai and Nu’uanu,
And we supported Lili’ulani in her time of need.
We opposed statehood.
We didn’t want to be the 49th or the 50th,
And once we were, 5(f) would take care of us.
But what is a native Hawaiian?
Aren’t we of this place?
‘O ko mākou one hānau kēia.’
And yet, by definition we are not Hawaiian.
We can’t live on Homestead land,
Nor can we receive OHA money.
We didn’t choose to quantify ourselves,
¼ to the left ½ to the right
3/8 to the left 5/8 to the right
7/16 to the left 9/16 to the right
15/32 to the left 17/32 to the right
They not only colonized us, they divided us.
Read more about the story of how lei came to grace the marchers from Selma at these links: