These are the film's participants so far, but there are many more to come...
Professor Williamson Chang has taught a wide variety of courses at the University of Hawaii including Native Hawaiian Rights, Indigenous People’s Law, Legal Aspects of Water Resources in Hawai’i; he has been a visiting professor and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Australia and a staff member to the United States Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs. Bill has also represented numerous individuals and groups in litigation in state and federal courts, including the Pai Ohana, Public Access Shoreline Hawaii, Catholic Action Peace and Freedom Party and the Kalamaula Hawaiian Homestead Association.
Bill is currently working on an account of the actual history of the United States acquisition of Hawai`i titled: "A Rope of Sand: The United States Annexation of Hawai`i.” In September 2014, his letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, requesting a formal investigation into whether or not the U.S. is guilty of war crimes through its occupation of Hawaii sparked controversy.
Skippy is a Hawaiian activist, leader, philosopher, and as a singer-songwriter with a fearless voice, he is well known for his brilliant, poetic songs about Hawaiian culture and the politics of survival.
His band, Big Island Conspiracy, garnered an underground, cult following that has continued long after their CD “Street Tapestry Volume 1” was made. Skippy's leadership among Hawaiian sovereignty activists dates back decades, leaving a lasting mark on Hawaiian political consciousness. He’s also one of the 31 who were arrested on Mauna Kea on April 7, 2015, in protest to the construction of the TMT.
Kaleikoa Kaeo is a renowned Hawaiian language and history expert. A professor at Maui College, he has taught and influenced thousands of Hawaiians in the classroom and in the larger community beyond campus.
Kaleikoa is considered a philosopher, but is also a leader among Hawaiians, known for some of the most compelling and passionate public speeches towards a future of Hawaiian liberation from occupation and colonialism. He is consistently outspoken with regard to how the “state” is attempting to force the Hawaiian people into becoming a federally recognized tribe of the U.S., and has been a guiding influence in support of the resistance to the TMT.
Vicky Holt Takamine
Kumu Hula Vicky Holt Takamine works through the Pa'i Foundation in Honolulu, where she and her halau graciously allowed us to film them rehearsing a hula about Poliahu.
Vicky is one of our most influential kumu hula and has created profound cultural links with other indigenous peoples throughout the world via the artistry of hula. As a teacher both in the University of Hawaii and beyond our shores, she is an internationally respected ambassador of Hawaiian culture. Sh is also a longtime advocate for Mauna Kea and all of Hawaii’s sacred sites, and is the co-founder of Kahea, a Native Hawaiian Environmental organization.
She is the co-founder of Ilioulaokalani, Executive Director of the Pa’i Foundation, which annually produce MAMo, Maoli Arts Month.
A a full professor at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, he has developed and taught classes on Hawaiian history, culture and politics.
John’s publications include The Value of Hawaiʻi: Knowing the Past and Shaping the Future, which he co-edited, and he is the author of Dismembering Lāhui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887.
Jon is also known as a singer and songwriter, recording music since 1975.
Clarence Kukauakahi Ching
Affectionately known as "Ku" among activists and scholars alike, he is one of our most respected Kanaka Maoli elders and one of Mauna Kea's greatest advocates and defenders.
Ascending its peak at all times during the year he’s a Hawaiian cultural practitioner and environmentalist with an astute appreciation for the many moods of the mountain. He has served as a trustee for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and has been a plaintiff in numerous complaints on behalf of Mauna Kea and the cultural sites located in Pohakuloa, an area that is controlled by the US Army.