The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APA) invited Dr. Keanu Sai, along with over forty artists and scholars, to participate in its initiative “A Cultural Lab on Imagined Futures.” APA’s initiative is a unique way to experience a museum. As an agency of the Smithsonian Institute, APA is “a migratory museum that brings Asian Pacific American history, art and culture to you through innovative museum experiences online and throughout the United States.” The traveling museums are called “Culture Labs.”
Imagined Futures will be held on Veterans Day weekend (November 12-13, 2016) at 477 Broadway, SOHO/Chinatown, New York City, from 11 am – 9 pm.
Dr. Sai’s exhibit is the American occupation of Hawai‘i seen through the lens of the science fiction movie “The Matrix.” The science fiction thriller “depicts a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality called ‘the Matrix,’ created by sentient machines to subdue the human population, while their bodies’ heat and electrical activity are used as an energy source. Computer programmer ‘Neo’ learns this truth and is drawn into a rebellion against the machines, which involves other people who have been freed from the ‘dream world.’”
The Matrix stars Keanu Reeves, as Neo, and the only way he could see the Matrix is to be unplugged by digesting a “red pill” offered to him by Morpheus, played by Lawrence Fishburne.
Dr. Sai is a political scientist whose academic research has exposed the American occupation of the Hawaiian Islands that began with the United States’ unlawful overthrow of the Hawaiian government in 1893 followed by the military occupation during the Spanish-American War. The American occupation is a subject taught in classes at the high schools and collegiate levels in Hawai‘i and abroad. He is the author of Ua Mau Ke Ea (Sovereignty Endures), a history book used in classroom instruction.
Dr. Sai also represented the Hawaiian Kingdom as lead Agent in international arbitration proceedings—Lance Paul Larsen v. Hawaiian Kingdom, held at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. The Larsen case was also cited by the Arbitral Tribunal in its judgment in the land mark South China Sea case, which was also held at the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Dr. Sai has been likened to the character Neo.
The Matrix star Keanu Reeves is a cousin of Dr. Sai. Keanu Reeves’ father and Dr. Sai’s mother are first cousins and both were named after Dr. Sai’s maternal grandfather, Henry Keanu Reeves. Both men are Hawaiian.
Dr. Sai’s Exhibit “Hawaiʻi Reloaded – The Matrix Alive!!”
What if the place you lived in and all that you knew to be “truth” was suddenly turned upside down and inside out? What if your understanding of who you are and your place in the world was flipped in an instance? What if you were living a lie and everyone you know were all a part of the lie unknowingly? All this sounds like the Warner Bros. Hollywood blockbuster film the “Matrix.”
Hawai‘i’s political and social history since 1893 is the “Matrix” and it’s called the 50th State of the United States of America. In the nineteenth century, Hawai‘i was known as the Hawaiian Kingdom that was internationally recognized as an independent country with over ninety embassies and consulates throughout the world, which included an embassy in Washington, D.C. The “truth” is Hawai‘i was never a part of the United States, but rather has been under an illegal and prolonged occupation since the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Listen and experience the real history of Hawai‘i through the lens of the Matrix, and what is Hawai‘i’s future going forward.
What is truth, what is justice, what is reality? It’s time to get unplugged!
Mahalo Dr. Sai for educating us on the truth of our actual and real political status here in Hawai’i Nei. Due to it, and to the education that comes from participating in and surrounding oneself with fellow Kanaka Maoli raised knowing our language, culture, environment, traditions, I have taken the red pill. It can be hellish at times warding off the agents of oppression bent on genociding us out while those around us our oblivious to their schemes. But, once you know the truth, it’s too difficult to live the lie. We’re stronger and safer when we stand together under Creator God, like in ancient days before Paao, before the British (American) infiltration. Let’s return to oir roots. Onipaa kakou.
I know what you mean. Every single day this occupation plays on my mind. We live in a country that has been at war with a foreign power for more than 120 years–the longest armed conflict since the 17th century. I cannot wait for us to be free!
I’m so very grateful to Dr. Sai for all his research and now being invited to speak/expose the truth to the World. Now we see change coming to the Kingdom of Hawai’i. Our Queen Liliuokalani is watching! Mahalo nui.
What High School in Hawaii teaches about the occupation? My kids in James Campbell High are still learning lies.
My child was forced to watch “Hawaii” with Julie Andrews; told to write a fact based essay based off of a Hollywood drama. BOE mandates that schools use “fact based” tools to teach with. I could speak at length on my recent experience with the DOE on this one, but ultimately the teachers are allowed to teach whatever they like. It’s on a school by school bases. The final approval comes from the principal, and if your unhappy with it, you need to take it up with the teacher first, then principal, then DOE complex superintendent. I highly suggest you take the time to say something. Consider it standing up for all those who have stood up before us and can no longer speak. Ku’e. The systematic lies have got to stop. BTW, my 10 year old came home and told me “hapa” means part Asian-part white. This was taught in class. Identity theft, lies, our existence is seemingly a real problem for the schools. Just my manao. ✌️️
Awesome Keanu. I can’t wait until we receive the results of your presentation. Mahalo nui for your continued drive to expose the world about Hawai`i’s “Matrix”.
Your exposure of the facts is extremely valuable Keanu, and I thank you. The experience of the Kingdom of Hawaii allows all of us to crystalize the fraud, theft and abuse that the aristocracy uses to steal from us all. It exposes the playbook that they use to steal resources and subjugate people to their 60,000,000 laws and counting. God’s speed in your work and thank you again.