Native Hawaiian Singer Kamalei Kawa’a Cried During His Powerful “The Voice” Audition, And Someone Please Hand Me A Tissue

For those who don’t know, the Kingdom of Hawai’i used to be an independent nation. After US troops overthrew Queen Lili’uokalani in 1893, the kingdom was illegally annexed in 1898 — despite some Congress members pointing out it was unconstitutional.

Today, a disproportionate number of Native Hawaiians are pushed into homelessness and out of their ancestral lands while the wealthy swoop in and purchase thousands of acres. From the Navy poisoning drinking water in the Red Hill water crisis to the years-long battle against the Thirty Meter Telescope while spiritual and cultural beliefs were disregarded to the government’s failure following the devastating Maui fires, Native Hawaiians have faced countless disasters at the hands of the US. I absolutely love Kamalei’s message to push forward and keep fighting the good fight.

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