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Koohan Paik is a journalist, media-literacy educator, and award-winning filmmaker based on Kaua‘i. Her work focuses on preservation of culture and language, such as her 2006 short film, La Vendemmia, which documents Sicilian winemaking traditions that are no longer practiced.
She is also the writer and director of a Hawaiian-language docudrama based on the literary classic The True Story of Kaluaikoolau, a tale of the legendary Native freedom fighter during Hawai‘i’s annexation period.
Her films have been exhibited at the Paris Museum of Modern Art; the Berlin International Film Festival; Yonsei University, Seoul; the London Institute of Contemporary Arts; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and many other venues worldwide.
Her articles on sustainability and colonialism have been published in WorldWatch magazine, Slow (journal of the Slow Food movement), and in the book Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globalization, as well as asianamericanfilm.com, among other periodicals. She has taught filmmaking to students of all ages and backgrounds, including indigenous Hawaiian youths from the island of Ni‘ihau. Recently, she has delved into the agit-prop potential of YouTube, as seen in Greensumption, a send-up of ecomarketing campaigns, and Discover Kaua‘i, widely credited for galvanizing Kaua‘i’s current wave of antidevelopment activism. This is her first book.
Jerry Mander is director of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG), a San Francisco “think tank” focused since 1994 on exposing the negative impacts of economic globalization. Mander was trained as an economist in the 1950s (Columbia University), but his early career was as president of a major commercial ad agency, Freeman, Mander & Gossage, and then as founder of the country’s first nonprofit ad agency in 1971, Public Media Center, which ran advertising and publicity campaigns for Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and various indigenous and antiwar groups. These campaigns included the celebrated Sierra Club campaigns (with David Brower) that kept dams out of the Grand Canyon, established a Redwood National Park, and stopped production of the Supersonic Transport (SST). During the 1980s, Mander also assisted Native Hawaiian campaigns on behalf of the Pele Defense Fund (Big Island) and the Protect Kaho‘olawe ‘Ohana. He is author or editor of several bestselling books, including Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, In the Absence of the Sacred, The Case Against the Global Economy (with Edward Goldsmith), Alternatives to Economic Globalization (with John Cavanagh), and Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Globalization (with Victoria Tauli- Corpuz). He has been called “the patriarch of the antiglobalization movement” (Andrew Revkin, environmental writer, New York Times, 2007).
About the Cover Artist
Known to many as the “Matisse of Japan,” Mayumi Oda has done extensive work with female goddess imagery. Born to a Buddhist family in Japan in 1941, Mayumi studied fine art and traditional Japanese fabric dying. In 1966 she graduatied from Tokyo University of Fine Arts. Mayumi’s unique apprenticeship dying fabric for kimonos influences the color and composition of all of her work. Her website can be found at www.mayumioda.net
About the Contributors
Hannah Bernard has been employed as a marine biologist since 1983. She has worked as a research scientist (fishery biologist) with the National Marine Fisheries Service and Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund (marine biologist) specializing in protected marine life for sixteen out of twenty-four years as a marine biologist. Much of her work has been the study of marine life, including threatened and endangered marine species in the ocean waters in and around Maui. She is a member of the Sierra Club’s Hawai‘i Marine Wildlife and Habitat Committee, in addition to being a member of the Pacific Scientific Review Group, a regional scientific and management advisory group to the National Marine Fisheries Service empowered by mandate through the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and a member of the Pacific Cetacean Offshore Gillnet Fishery Take Reduction Team, also mandated by law. She is also the cofounder and president of the Hawai‘i Wildlife Fund.
Joan Conrow has been working as a journalist since 1980 and was formerly a staff writer for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser and a freelance correspondent for Reuters. Her articles have been published in many local, regional, and national newspapers and magazines. She also writes creative nonfiction and fiction. She has lived on Kaua‘i since 1987.
Daniel Hempey has been practicing law since 1990. A former public defender, he has tried hundreds of cases to verdict. Hempey has served as a judge pro tempore in Alameda County, California, and is currently a partner at Hempey & Meyers, LLP in Lihue, Kaua‘i. His clients have included multinational corporations, small businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations, in cases ranging from constitutional inverse condemnation, civil rights litigation, and contract disputes to the defense of homicide cases. He has prevailed in numerous appeals in the Hawai‘i appellate courts, including the reversal of a murder conviction by the Hawai‘i Supreme Court. Hempey & Meyers honors an extensive pro bono component, which generally focuses on indigenous Hawaiian rights, animal protection, and cases seeking to enforce environmental compliance for the protection of common resources. Along with his partner, Greg Meyers, Hempey was the lead attorney in the case to stop the Superferry from using Kaua‘i’s Harbor until it had completed an EA that the State Supreme Court said was required.
Lance Holter is chair of the Maui Sierra Club. Since 1981, he has resided on Maui, where he has been involved in extensive com munity service, including work with the Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Center, the Maui Coastal Algae Bloom Studies, the Maui Board of Realtors Shoreline Setback Committee, and the Kaho‘olawe Ocean Management Plan Technical Review, among others. In 2008, he cochaired the Hawai‘i Democratic Party State Convention Environ mental Committee, and he served as chair of the Democratic Party for Maui County from 2007 to 2008.
Gary Hooser, a Democrat, represents Kaua‘i and Ni‘ihau in the Hawai‘i State Legislature. He is the founder and former owner of Wai‘oli Properties, a real estate and development company, and H&S Publishing. In 1997, he was named “Business Person of the Year,” by the Rotary Club of Kapa‘a, and in 1995, the Kaua‘i Chamber of Commerce named him “Entrepreneur of the Year.” His community activities include membership in the Rotary Club, involvement with the Kaua‘i Filipino Chamber of Commerce, and a position on the board at Island School, in Kaua‘i.
Kyle Kajihiro is the program director for the American Friends Service Committee in Hawaii. He works on demilitarization, environmental justice, and Kanaka Maoli human rights issues. He has been involved in immigrant worker organizing, community mural projects, antiracist/antifascist activism, the Central America Solidarity movement, Hawaiian sovereignty solidarity efforts, and community radio and television. He has traveled to and participated in various international solidarity delegations and conferences, including those in Vieques, Tonga, Korea, Japan, Guam, the Marshall Islands, Ecuador, China, and various cities in the United States, to discuss peace and demilitarization issues in Hawai‘i.
Michael Shooltz is a 61-year-old semiretired banker and developer of high-rise office buildings on the mainland. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and has been a resident of Kaua‘i since 2000. He hopes to learn to surf/
Teri Shore is program director at Turtle Island Restoration Network. In this role, she directs all aspects of conservation, policy, and advocacy campaigns for sea turtles and sustainable fisheries in California, Texas, Costa Rica, and Papua New Guinea—all key nesting or foraging habitats for endangered sea turtles. Previously, as campaign director for Sea Turtle Restoration Project, she directed the national campaign that achieved a sea-turtle marine reserve closed to shrimp fishing in Texas waters and advanced the turtle- safe shrimp certification program. She also worked for seven years as campaign director for the Clean Vessels Program at Friends of the Earth (previously Bluewater Network) to advocate for cleaner marine vessels, from passenger ferries to cruise liners and commercial oceangoing ships. In that capacity, she was involved with the marine industry, legislators, regulators, environmental groups, and public health advocates to achieve stringent ferry-emissions standards and new pollution laws for cruise ships and ocean-going vessels in California, as well as the United States as a whole, and internationally. Shore is also a journalist who has authored environmental articles and reports. She serves on the board of the Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter Backpack Section and is a past president of the California Alpine Club.
Philip Taubman, Washington bureau chief for the New York Times, is the author of Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America’s Space Espionage.
Haunani-Kay Trask is a Native Hawaiian activist, writer, and academic. She is a professor of Hawaiian studies with the Kamakakuo- kalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and has represented Native Hawaiians at the United Nations and various other global forums. Trask is the author of several books of poetry and nonfiction, including Light in the Crevice Never Seen and Eros and Power: The Promise of Feminist Theory, which is a revised version of her Ph.D. dissertation; and From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawai‘i, which is a collection of essays on the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. She is also producer of the award-winning film Act of War: The Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation.