H. Doug Matsuoka's notes in the margin of the Big Everything.

1.24.2013

The banner story: The Raul Gonzalez Kanawai Mamalahoe

From its creation at the deOccupy Honolulu encampment to its illegal seizure the next day by police in a raid to its position in front of the official color guard of the Martin Luther King Day march through Waikiki, the true story of the Kanawai Mamalahoe banner by artist Raul Gonzalez.

Last year, when a couple of friends and I started Hawaiʻi Guerrilla Video, it was to continue doing what we were already doing: photograph, video, and livestream front-line social justice action in Hawaiʻi. People have to see whatʻs going on in their own community to be able to do the right thing, but the commercial media doesn't do an adequate job. People in many communities rely on independent media to get them the info they need. And not only did we want to provide coverage, but make the path from the street to the community broader and smoother for other videographers, journalists, and self-documentors.

I tell people that the First Amendment is the new Second Amendment, that to defend our freedom and promote justice, we all need to shoot and use the cameras we carry with us in our smartphones. I donʻt own a video camera and I donʻt know anyone who owns one that has it on him ALL the time. Most people have their smartphone on hip or at bed table 24/7.

I went to Waikiki this past Monday to livestream the Martin Luther King Day march through Waikiki and when I saw the Kanawai Mamalahoe banner it struck me what a history that banner had! I went back and pieced together the history through recorded livestream broadcasts, photos, and courtroom videos (and boy, is that another story).

The story here is told without voice over narration other than what was being said at the time. I let the banner and the events tell its own story. And now, I realize that by compiling the video from a number of clips and photos, at 30 minutes long, I have created my first "documentary." I call it guerrilla video, but I notice Raul Gonzalez calls it "roots video." Yes!


[For those who don't know it, "livestreaming" is broadcasting video directly from your smartphone or other device directly to the internet so people can follow along live. The quality of the video depends on bandwidth.]

Our videos carry a mahalo to Hawaiʻi People's Fund and The Kim Coco Iwamoto Fund for Social Justice. The Hui applied for and was awarded grants by these organizations. They help pay for things that one normally wouldn't imagine necessary: battery power, portable hotspots, and bandwidth. And also things like software and hardware. No cash or compensation goes to Hui members -- we do this because this is what we do.

You can see more about artist Raul Gonzalez at his Mictlan Murals page on Facebook.

H. Doug Matsuoka
24 January 2013
Makiki, Honolulu

1.17.2013

ʻAʻole GMO! No GMO! march to the Hawaii State Capitol 1/16/2013

While legislators were participating in opening ceremonies in the air conditioned comfort of chambers, others were in the hot sun marching toward them in record numbers.

It was an epic and historic gathering of like minded people from a broad demographic. My cellcam guerrilla video canʻt come close to capturing the grandeur of being with all these amazing people. Will the legislators hear us this time? What else do we have to do to get their attention?


There was a stage, microphones, and a PA system once we got to the Capitol. Speakers included Indiaʻs foremost anti-GMO activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva.

1.09.2013

Homelessness dilema: No one home at the House

This story is too precious not to share: Thinking I might be interested, activist James W. Macey sends me an email with notices of two informational briefings at the State Legislature about homelessness. Oh yes I am interested! There are two scheduled one after the other on Tuesday, 1/8/13, and the second one at 10am specifically addresses "designating safe facilities located at camping areas." That's something someone documenting the deOccupy Honolulu encampment this past more than one year might find fascinating.

The hearing notice also expresses wanting to hear from a long list of relevant State of Hawaii department directors, and the mayors of all four counties. I gotta go to this thing and get the info. Are our public officials planning an escalation of the criminalization of the homeless? Are they going to continue to deprive the poor of the protection of law and the constitution (both State and Fed versions)?

So I get there a little early. This is going to be good. Haha! Except no one shows up! Rida Cabanilla is sitting by herself at a large and vacant table. Not a single member of her committee shows up. No testifiers are present. None as in nada none zilch.

This is pathetic. Funny, but pathetic. Without further ado, the latest cartoon of Your Tax Dollars at Work...



[Update of 1/16/2013: I received an email from Representative Denny Coffmanʻs office saying that he is no longer on the House Housing Committee. OK, so who is? Hitting the "HSG" link at the State Capitolʻs website currently brings up a "page not found" error. I checked the page of every representative on the notice and aside from chair Rida Cabanilla, only Mele Carroll lists herself as being on the committee. No one else. Even Vice Chair Ken Itoʻs page doesnʻt list him being on the Housing Committee.

One can only conclude that there is no House Housing Committee at the present time. Doug]

H. Doug Matsuoka
8 January 2013
Makiki, Honolulu