A Nation Rising
Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty
"Ea is based on the experiences of people on the land...Like breathing, the work of ea will continue on and on."
A Nation Rising chronicles the political struggles and grassroots initiatives collectively known as the Hawaiian sovereignty movement. Scholars, community organizers, journalists, and filmmakers contribute essays that explore Native Hawaiian resistance and resurgence from the 1970s to the early 2010s. Photographs and vignettes about particular activists further bring Hawaiian social movements to life. The stories and analyses of efforts to protect land and natural resources, resist community dispossession, and advance claims for sovereignty and self-determination reveal diverse objectives and strategies, as well as tensions. In so doing, the explores the ways the Hawaiian political ethic of ea, both includes and exceeds dominant notions of state-based sovereignty.