STAND: Pua Case on Protecting Mauna Kea and Building a Nation (Ep. 25)


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Episode 25: Stand

Learn about the urgent stand for Mauna Kea with Native Hawaiian water protector Pua Case.

"If the native people in so-called paradise can rise, then it is possible to rise anywhere and everywhere.” - Pua Case

In this episode of #moonwisepodcast, we speak with Native Hawaiian and Waimea resident Pua Case who is currently on Mauna Kea with her family and community working to protect their sacred mountain from desecration.

Since July 17th 2019, thousands of protectors have gathered at the base of the mountain to peacefully block the road leading to the proposed construction site. In this episode, Pua shares her urgent update about the threat to Mauna Kea. We talk about standing for the sacred, the spirit of place, the importance of traditional ceremonies and building a nation. Pua also shares some specific ways that you can help support the movement.



Pua Case is a former elementary school teacher and lifelong water protector who was raised on the slopes of Mauna Kea. Along with her community, she has been working to protect the mountain from a 10-year, $1.3 billion 30 meter telescope project has been proposed on the Northern Plateau of Mauna Kea, where there are already 13 telescopes.

Pua says, “the Mauna has brought us together…make no mistake that we are building a nation here.” She explains, “this mountain is not just the most sacred for Hawai'i but all of the Pacific…and the mountain says to us that from me is a connection to mountains around the world and we hold this vibration of the earth together.”

We also talk about:

  • Why the TMT telescope project does not meet legal criteria for construction

  • The discipline and commitment of Kapu Aloha

  • The top three ways to support the #protectmaunakea movement

Music in this episode is from Hawane Rios’s new album “Kū Kia‘i Mauna – Together We Rise” which was released on the four year anniversary of the powerful frontline stand to protect Mauna Kea. Her music is available to purchase on iTunes or via her website


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