Professor, activist Dr. Haunani Kay Trask dies at 71
HONOLULU — Haunani Kay Trask, a pioneer in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, devoted scholar and activist, has died at the age of 71.
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Did she die from COVID-19? I don’t know much about her. She must have been one of those protesters against the 30 Meter telescope in Mauna Kea. That must have been something else. Where did she stand on those feelings?
Tough feelings to have.
She should’ve passed away years ago. You can’t fight for native people while sleeping with the same people you are fighting against. Native women have always had that issue with sleeping with white men. This is why natives will always struggle. You sleep with the enemy and there is no progress
Now I remember her. She was still in college in 1974. I think she was involved in the 1973 riots at Wailua. Hotels there were picketing. Some land being used for hotel use. I cannot remember the name of it now. But that was it. It was a big deal for Hawaiians. This and other events. Also the H3 freeway. She was also involved in that incident. Nukol’i. That’s it. Kaua’i. I think she was going for her doctors degree yet. Anyway now I remember her.
I never did met her. Just what I read in the papers. Awhile back. And I am from Pakistan. My parents were from there. When they were about 2 years old.
Now I remember. I started reading Hawaiian culture. Ghost stories and novels. Punahou. So that was it.
Yes! she was at the Maunakea protest blocking the road to the summit. She died from something.
She died an American. Thanks to her Americans know what it means to be American. Hawaiians are Americans. Hawaii still benefits from capitalism and first world conditions…you are welcome Dr. Trask. RIP