This collection of photographs, poems, articles, song lyrics, and artwork pay tribute to George Helm and Kimo Mitchell, the two Hawaiian activists who disappeared off the waters of Kahoolawe in 1977. In the years since that time, George Helm’s very name has come to symbolize the Hawaiian Renaissance Movement, a spirit that lives on in his music and his vision. Part historical record, part celebration of that vision, Hoʻi Hoʻi Hou (giving back, returning, restoring, restitution) includes biographical sketches and a brief introduction by the editor.
“This anthology is a handsome tribute. The selections not only give us portraits of two dedicated men, but also an insight into why George Helm and Kimo Mitchell have inspired poets, musicians, artists and all who believe that Hawaii’s past must be a shaping part of its present and future.” — Literary Arts Hawaii
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A spontaneous upwelling, the 100-plus entries in this memorial to the two Hawaiian activists—who disappeared while crossing the ‘Alalākeiki Channel off Kaho‘olawe—became an instant sensation for capturing the moment through the men. Reading its songs, poems, testimonies, telegrams, biographies and letters today, it’s possible to feel anew why and how, after the deaths of Helm and Mitchell, decades of protest broke through federal and state indifference and stopped the bombing of Kaho‘olawe. We also see how the loss of Helm, and all his talents and political energy, fed rather than diminished the movement.
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