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Nā Wāhine Koa

"Let the tones that these brave and bold women's stories emanate resound through you."

Nā Wāhine Koa documents the political lives of four wāhine koa (courageous women): Moanike‘ala Akaka, Maxine Kahaulelio, Terrilee Keko‘olani-Raymond, and Loretta Ritte, who are leaders in Hawaiian movements of aloha ‘āina. How did they come into activism and what has enabled them to sustain their involvement for more than four decades? Each touched the Kaho‘olawe struggle in the 1970s. While their lives took different paths in the ensuing decades—whether holding public office, organizing Hawaiian homesteaders, or building international demilitarization alliances—they have all maintained strong commitments aloha ‘āina.