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The Peculiar Conundrum

By: Matt R. Erickson

The Peculiar Conundrum is a political allegory, substituting difficult legal concepts with rules of sports. In the fictional country of Aminica (the United Franchises of Aminica), General Managers (Senators) and Head Coaches (Representatives) ignore many of their constraints listed in the Compact (Constitution) and act with impunity. The Sports Commissioner (President) and Referees (Supreme Court Justices) likewise do as they please. The country founded upon sports freedom, where soccer is named as the Supreme Sport of the Land, gets transformed by open corruption into football played to the death, where back-room deals enrich sports politicians and We The People are oppressed. But one man, Brandon Crawford, with the help of his brothers, work tirelessly to understand the peculiar conundrum, the odd phenomenon, of members of Congress and federal officials seemingly acting contrary to founding principles with impunity, so we may finally end the methodical push toward absolute tyranny....

From the Back Cover: Envision for a moment, the following nonsensical sportscast: “Only seventeen seconds remain on the clock as we near the end of the sixth inning. The soccer ball is caught by Right End Tom King, only 9 yards from home plate. “To keep from being called for ‘Traveling,’ King dribbles the ball but still manages to get past the Goalie without being tackled. Moments later he slam-dunks the ball through the basket to score a touchdown and the Cattails win the game.” It wouldn’t take much of a sports enthusiast to realize something was strangely amiss with this “game,” as the rules and terms from soccer, baseball, basketball and football were all intermixed into one bewildering event. And, with millions of die-hard sports fans across America who intricately know every rule and regulation of their favored sport, there is about zero chance any huckster would succeed in passing this off as a legitimate game. But, replace the game with politics, law and government, and tragically the most sacred of our country’s founding legal and moral principles may be substituted by their polar opposites with nothing but the weak...

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ET Contact : The Implications for Post Contact Advancements in Science and Technology

By: Theodore C. Loder III, Ph.D.

The implications for scientific and technological advancements after open contact with advanced ET civilizations are based on an analysis of a combination of the technologies needed to visit Earth, the willingness of ETs to share knowledge, and multiple reports by contactees on what they observed and what they were told. There is also the problem of the willingness of human groups to share what they have already learned, but have kept suppressed for many decades. These will probably include many of the technologies that ETs have also developed. The five areas of interest covered will be transportation (including anti-gravity), energy production (including over unity devices), communication (including both super-luminal devices and consciousness communication), medical (including cures for human illnesses and resulting life extension), and consciousness (including a better understanding of our spiritual nature). In other words, there will be significant changes in many areas of human endeavor once open acknowledged contact has occurred, and there will be no “going back”. Ultimately this will be a “very good thing”....

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Hulili Vol. 3 No. 1 2006

By: Shawn Malia Kanaiaupuni, Ph. D.

A Hawaiian proverb says, “Ho ae ka ike heenalu i ka hokua o ka ale,” or “show your knowledge of surfing on the back of the wave. ” This saying suggests that talking about ones knowledge and skill is not enough; let it be proven (Olelo Noeau, 1013). As researchers, we like the process of discovery. We thrive on evidence. We design surveys and studies to find evidence that confirms our hunches. We want to test whether a certain theory is valid and meaningful. We want to identify relationships, show causality where possible, and grow and learn together from the growing evidence base of knowledge about our people. The 13 articles in Hulili Vol. 3 provide mounting evidence that Hawaiian perspectives matter, that Hawaiian language and knowledge systems are flourishing, and that Hawaiian identity and culture are central to Hawaiian well-being. From Hawaiian immersion classrooms in Keaau to creative writing workshops in Oregon, from the shorelines of Laie to the doctors office in Aotearoa, and from the courtrooms of Washington, DC to the puuhonua (place of refuge) in traditional Hawaii, these articles add to the evidence base tha...

This is the hour of our remembering, of our putting those parts of ourselves that have been dismembered and disenfranchised back together again. It is only from this place of wholeness, our holiness, that we can dream once more. And when we dream, let it be of a Hawaii where our people are healthy and vibrant, where we no longer kill ourselves with despair and abuse. Let us dream a Hawaii, as Dr. Manu Meyer says, “where our children are inspired to make knowledge joyful.” And let us dream a Hawaii where our land and her resources are loved and properly cared for....

The Hour of Remembering. 9 -- Elizabeth Kapuuwailani Lindsey-On Being Hawaiian. 19 -- Jonathan Osorio-Grounding Hawaiian Learners—and Teachers—-in Their Indigenous Identity. 27 -- Monica A. Kaimipono Kaiwi-Kaupapa Maori Research and Pakeha Social Science:-Epistemological Tensions in a Study of Maori Health. 41 -- Fiona Cram, Tim McCreanor, Linda Tuhiwai Smith,-Ray Nairn, and Wayne Johnstone-Civil Rights and Wrongs: Understanding Doe v. Kamehameha Schools. 69 -- Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Family and Society-The Roles of Family Obligation and Parenting Practices-in Explaining the Well-Being of Native Hawaiian Adolescents-Living in Poverty. 103 -- Barbara D. DeBaryshe, Sylvia Yuen,-Lana N. Nakamura, and Ivette Rodriguez Stern-The Application of Terror Management Theory to-Native Hawaiian Well-Being. 127 -- A. Kuulei Serna-Education-“For the Interest of the Hawaiians Themselves”:-Reclaiming the Benefits of Hawaiian-Medium Education. 153 -- William H. Wilson and Kauanoe Kamana-Makawalu: Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment-for Literature through an Indigenous Perspective. 183 -- Monica A. Kaimipono Kaiwi and Walter Kahumoku III-Malama na L...

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Hulili Vol. 2 No. 1 2005

By: Shawn Malia Kanaiaupuni, Ph. D.

The year 2005 has been a pivotal time for Native Hawaiians. As a community, we have come together with a heightened purpose and passion for what it means to be an indigenous people. This is critical in light of persistent legal threats to Hawaiian institutions such as Kamehameha Schools, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. As Hawaiian issues gain momentum locally and nationally, one thing is clear: The Hawaiian voice matters, and that voice is growing. Understanding and amplifying the native voice is a central objective of Hulili: Multidisciplinary Research on Hawaiian Well-Being. This second volume of Hulili(bridge or ladder) brings together ancestral knowledge of the past and current issues that affect Hawaiians today. We lead off with the manao (ideas, thoughts) of Pualani Kanahele and Kekuni Blaisdell, shared at the 2004 Research Conference on Hawaiian Well-Being held at the Kamehameha Schools Hawai’i Campus. Other articles from emerging and established voices take readers through a spiritually and intellectually challenging terrain that goes from the sunrise at Kumukahi to the heig...

Kanaka means human being. Maoli means true, real, genuine. We have relearned that it also means to come from the aina, the land, and to return to the aina. Aka (yet), aina is more than lepo, the soil, for aina means “that which feeds. ” No laila, aina is Papa, our Earth Mother, including wai (all waters), kai (all seas), Ka Moananui (Oceania), and beyond. Aina is also Wakea, our Sky Father, ea (air), lani (all heavens, all suns, all moons and all stars), and beyond. Our oldest and longest mele (poetic composition; song), He Kumulipo, also tells us that from the mating of these dual primordial forces, Papa and Wakea, come everything in our sacred cosmos. Since we all have the same parents, we are all ohana (family). Since Papa and Wakea are living, everything is living, conscious, and communicating. We include the wind, rain, light, shadows, rocks, fire, and sounds. We have relearned that all of the natural elements are laa (sacred). No laila, we cannot destroy, degrade, contaminate, pollute, and waste. We must protect, conserve, preserve, restore, and sustain our laa environment for all hanauna (generations) to come. * ...

I Hea Na Kanaka Maoli Whither the Hawaiians-Kekuni Blaisdell. 9 -- I Am This Land and This Land Is Me -Pualani Kanahele. 21 -- Issues and Processes in Indigenous Research -Peter Mataira, Jon K. Matsuoka, and Paula T. Morelli. 35 -- The Moolelo (Story) of Teachers Learning and Teaching Hawaiian-Culture and Space Science: New Opportunities Through Minority-Initiatives in Space Science (NOMISS)-Alice Kawakami and Nani Pai. 47 -- Family and Society-Reflections of an "Always Already" Failing Native Hawaiian Mother: Deconstructing Colonial Discourses on Indigenous-Child-Rearing and Early Childhood Education-Julie Kaomea-. 77 -- A Profile of Hawaiian and Non-Hawaiian Women Incarcerated in a Community Residential Transition Program-Sylvia Yuen, Allison Hu, and John Engel. 97 -- Perceptions of Family and Health Support Services for Native Hawaiian Children and Families: Findings from Community Evaluations -Marika N. Ripke, Kana Taniguchi, and Kanani Aton. 113 -- Education-Through One Lens: Sources of Spiritual Influence at Kamakakuokalani Kanalu G. Terry Young. 135 -- Making Meaning: Connecting School to Hawaiian Students’ Lives -Lois A. Y...

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