Superferry Chronicles: Hawaii's Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism, and the Desecration of the Earth

Superferry Chronicles: Hawaii's Uprising Against Militarism, Commercialism, and the Desecration of the Earth

by Koohan Paik, Jerry Mander



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977333882
Publisher: Koa Books
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Koohan Paik's films have won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, NY Exposition of Short Film & Video, and elsewhere. Her recent work focuses on environmental and cultural issues, including a docudrama of a Hawaiian-language literarary classic, The True Story of Kaluaikoolau, and La Vendemmia, a visual ode to traditional Sicilian winemaking, which was included in the 2007 Mediterranean Environmental Award media festival. Her YouTube film, Discover Kauai, is credited with galvanizing the environmental movement on Kauai. She is a media-literacy educator on Kauai.

Founder and Director of International Forum on Globalization, an international think-tank. Founder and former director of Public Media Center, country's first nonprofit advertising company, working only for nonprofits (Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Planned Parenthood, etc.) Before that had successful career in commercial advertising, president of Freeman, Mander & Gossage (until 1971). Author of several best-sellers, including Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television (500,000 copies), and In the Absence of the Sacred (90,000 copies.)

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So when the huge catamaran, sized specifically to be able to transport military vehicles, raced toward us in the sunset - in flagrant disregard of all our efforts -- we were outraged. About 1,500 of us spontaneously gathered at the dock to again make clear what our state officials had refused to hear: that we would not allow the luxury monstrosity to touch our shores until an EIS had been conducted. We chanted, sang, and beat drums. We brandished banners and waved ti leaves, the sacred plant that wards off evil while calling in good.

In that moment, all the sugar-era manipulations to pit race against race, class against class, vanished. Shoulder-to-shoulder stood Native Hawaiians, Japanese-, Filipino-, Portuguese- and Chinese-American descendents of plantation workers, descendents of American missionaries, and transplants from North America who have been calling Kauai "home" for as long as 40 years and as recently as six months. Lawyers, musicians, students, doctors, college professors, politicians, writers, woodworkers, social workers, nurses, mechanics, architects - every walk of Kauai's community - were represented.

But the coup de grace came from the surfers who leapt from the jetty's rocky edge to paddle out to the mouth of Nawiliwili Harbor. Most of them were kids. There they sat, straddling their boards, seeming as small as mice, in comparison to the skyscraper-high ship, but blocking it from moving forward -- a sort of Tiananmen Square right there in the waters of Nawiliwili Harbor!

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