Ohana Ho'opakele on Hawai'i Island has been working for years to gain acceptance of culturally appropriate alternatives to prison that can promote actual healing. Over 500 people have already signed their petition to establish pu'uhonua instead of building more prisons.

It seems this movement is picking up steam with the possible passage of a bill in the Hawai`i legislature to direct the Department of Public Safety to work with us and other restorative justice groups to plan for a Pu`uhonua or Wellness Center, preferable at the site of the Kulani prison, and to bring the plan back before the legislature next year. The news of this bill has been carried in the press in 36 states of the USA and Washington D.C.

See their website http://www.ohanahoopakele.org/ and plan to attend the Ho'olaulea in Hilo on May 12. Contact Sam Kaleleiki at 808-937-7193 to kokua or for more information.

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From its earliest grantmaking, in 1972-3 into the 1990s, Hawaii People’s Fund supported community organizing in Honolulu’s Chinatown. The critical grassroots groups were Third Arm and People Against Chinatown Evictions (PACE).


Several continuous Hawaii People’s Fund constituents were part of these groups and one asked if we might help preserve more of the stories from this important period of strategic activism,


Hawaii People’s Fund worked with a UH student-intern in the spring/summer of 2016. Sonja Cookman put this article together. She met with about a dozen organizers from those days. She also scanned a number of original documents, organizational newsletters and media coverage. Hawaii People’s Fund was able to digitize a couple hundred old slides.


The original activists plan to come together to archive more of their memories. Hawaii People’s Fund hopes this article, the first source documents, and the ongoing work of the surviving organizers will help preserve the history and serve to inspire and inform continued struggles against evictions and gentrification and activism for access to health care, housing and dignity for all.

Click the title above or open the document below to read Sonjaʻs paper.


See more pictures by movement photographer, Ed Greevy, here: http://edgreevy.com/chinatown/2016/04/chinatown/


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