Moana Nui

Moana Nui Statement

We, the peoples of Moana Nui, connected by the currents of our ocean home, declare that we will not cooperate with the commodification of life and land as represented by APEC’s predatory capitalistic practices, distorted information and secret trade negotiations and agreements.

We invoke our rights to free, prior and informed consent. We choose cooperative trans-Pacific dialogue, action, advocacy, and solidarity between and amongst the peoples of the Pacific, rooted in traditional cultural practices and wisdom.

E mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono.

–2011 Moana Nui Statement
painting by Santi Hitorangi

The Moana Nui Statement rings more true today than it did when it was collectively penned at APEC 2011.

This event launched a resistance to what became known as the “Pacific Pivot,”, an Asia-Pacific rebalance of military resources from the Middle-East to the Asia-Pacific as a response to the growing economic influence of China and what was then, the rise of the BRICS economies.

Against this backdrop, indigenous peoples, fair trade campaigners, environmental and peace activists understood what was at stake and in the seven years since Moana Nui 2013 took place in Berkeley, California, many of the participants have continued with their individual campaigns trying to bring well-being to our planet and people.

Moananui.earth revisits these important meetings.

First Reading at Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies

Second Reading at Hale Koa Protest

Signing the Statement online petition