(BIVN) – Hawaiʻi recording artists and composers will “sing out in support of Maunakea” today in a video that will premiere in ʻOiwi TV at 11 a.m. HST.
Big Island Video News received a video news release on Monday containing information on the recent gathering of voices to sing Kū Haʻaheo E Kuʻu Hawaiʻi, which has become one of the anthems of aloha ʻāina.
The show of support comes as the month-and-a-half long standoff over the Thirty Meter Telescope at the base of the Mauna Kea Access Road continues.
The media release explains:
A collection of some of Hawaiʻi’s most notable and accomplished recording artists and composers have joined voices after being inspired by the dramatic events that have taken place at the base of Maunakea since mid-July 2019.
Zachary Lum and Chad Takatsugi, in partnership with ʻŌiwi TV, coordinated a music video shoot for the track “Kū Haʻaheo,” which has become the anthem of the community-based movement and was composed by Hinaleimoana Wong. The video features nearly 40 artists and celebrities singing in unison and standing in solidarity for Maunakea, including Robert Cazimero, Amy Hanaialiʻi, Robi Kahakalau, Lehua Kalima, Natalie Ai Kamuʻu, Kealiʻi Reichel, Josh Tatofi, and Hōkū Zuttermeister.
“English does not have a word that encapsulates both man and nature. Hawaiian does: ʻāina. Aloha ʻāina, thus, is the natural, undeniable bond between man and environment. Every moment we dedicate to aloha ʻāina is a moment we dedicate to our keiki. Moments like these are the little pebbles that will form a new foundation – he kahua hale hou. It will be a new reality for our keiki, the rebirth of a new lāhui consciousness,” said Lum, choral director at Kamehameha Schools Kapālama.
“Here, in perhaps one of the most important recording projects in recent history, we lift our collective voices in tandem with thousands of others here in Hawaiʻi and across the globe in support of Mauna A Wākea. Everyone donated their time, talent and support to be a part of this fine aloha ʻāina tapestry. Every day we are on the mauna. We are writing new chapters of our own story,” said award-winning artist and kumu hula Kealiʻi Reichel.
“Kū Haʻaheo” will be included on a soon to be released album entitled “Kūhaʻo Maunakea” – a compilation featuring 18 new compositions documenting the events and swell of Hawaiian community unity around aloha ʻāina associated with the Kū Kiaʻi Mauna movement.
Along with executive producer Kanaeokana, album co-producers Lum, Takatsugi, and Shawn Pimental have engaged practitioners, scholars and artists from across Hawaiʻi to come together to celebrate the ancestral wisdom and practices of our kūpuna and the commitment that we make today to future generations through mele.
The album will be available digitally through iTunes in late September and 100% of all sales will be donated to the Hawaiian Unity and Liberation Institute (HULI), which provides logistical support to the protectors on the frontline of Maunakea. Donations to HULI can be made here.
The music video will premiere on Monday, September 2, 2019 at 11:00am HST on Spectrum Digital Channel 326, www.oiwi.tv, facebook.com/oiwitv and @oiwitv Instagram.