As the members of Protecting Oceania, representing the peoples of Hawaiʻi, Aotearoa, West Papua, Papua New Guinea, Kanaky, Vanuatu, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, First Nation peoples of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands, and South Sea Islanders, Guåhan and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Pohnpei, Palau, Banaba, Kiribati, Niue, Tokelau, Marshall Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Liu Chiu, Taiwan and our allies,

We stand together, in order to fulfill our sacred duty to be good ancestors, and firmly oppose the militarization of our islands and oceans. Specifically, we oppose the upcoming 29th Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercises that will be held from June 27th to August 1st in and around the Hawaiian Islands. These exercises threaten our sovereignties and our communities, human and other-than-human alike, here in Hawai’i, across Moananuiākea, and throughout the world.

We oppose the biennial desecration of our sacred oceanic spaces by the 29 countries who will be playing war games during RIMPAC: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

We are especially shocked by those countries who claim that they oppose genocide and who have vehemently taken positions against Israel’s genocide against the Palestinian people, specifically Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Indonesia, who contradict their positions  by coming to Hawaiʻi to play together at war. We call upon these nations in particular to pull your militaries from joining in these exercises. We also demand that Indonesia, who is committing genocide in West Papua not only cease its participation in these exercises, but we demand a Free and Independent West Papua. We also demand that France remove its colonial occupation of Kanaky.

We oppose turning Hawaiʻi’s lands and waters into training grounds for imperial and genocidal regimes that will engage in ocean, ground, and amphibious assaults. We stand against the violence RIMPAC will bring to the islands as well as the imperial violence it has and will continue to promote and naturalize around the world.

We who love and value life oppose these exercises without equivocation and for the sake of every oppressed community in every corner of the earth. We stand committed to a free and liberated Oceania and the will remain steadfast in our commitment until these exercises cease to exist.


Protecting Oceania Hui

Supporting Organizations

Hawaiʻi Peace & Justice

Pacific Theology College

Free West Papua Campaign

Pacific Network On Globalisation

Diverse Voices and Actions (DIVA) for Equality Fiji

Kaʻahahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina (Hui Aloha ʻĀina)

Prutehi Litekyan/Save Ritidian

Our Common Wealth 670



Hawaiʻi Unity and Liberation Institute


ʻĀina Momona

‘Āina Aloha Economic Futures

Hawaiʻi People’s Fund

Independent Guåhan

Te Pāti Māori

Hawaiʻi Alliance for Pacific Islanders


Hoʻaka Mana

Black Pacific Alliance

Grassroots Global Justice Alliance

Micronesia Climate Change Alliance

Australian Association for Pacific Studies

Palauans for Liberation

Vā Moana Research Cluster at Auckland University of Technology

Pacific Islander and Asian American Ministries (PAAM) of the United Church of Christ

Gi Matan Guma’

Nihi Indigenous Media

Earth Water People

Anakbayan Hawaiʻi

Students Protesting Against Militarism (S.P.A.M.)

Jewish Voices for Peace Hawaiʻi

International Women’s Network Against Militarism

Hawaiʻi Okinawa Alliance

LAING Hawaiʻi

Valley Now, Wellington, NZ

Oceanic Refractions

Wisdom Circles Oceania

Uli Movement: Weaving Our Stories

Birthworkers of Color Collective


Supporting Individuals

Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Maui County Councilmember

Julian Aguon, International Human Rights Lawyer and Founder of Blue Ocean Law

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, MP For Te Tai Hauāuru and Te Pāti Maori Co-Leader

Dr. Jon Kamakawiwoʻole Osorio, Dean, Hawaiʻinuiākea School Of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

Dr. Kamanamaikalani Beamer, Director Of Kamakakūokalani Center For Hawaiian Studies, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

Dr. Kahikina de Silva, Associate Professor, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

Dr. Emalani Case, Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland

Dr. Katerina Teaiwa, Australia National University, School of Culture, History & Language;   Vice-President, Australian Association for Pacific Studies

Dr. Melinda Mann, Senior Learning Designer and Lecturer for Cultural Competency within the Office of Indigenous Engagement, Central Queensland University

Kim Kruger, Lecturer and Researcher Moondani Balluk Academic Centre, Victoria University, AU

Dr. April K. Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Pacific Studies, Te Herenga Waka–Victoria

University of Wellington

Dr. Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Associate Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

Tēvita O. Kaʻili, PhD, Professor of Anthropology & Cultural Sustainability, Faculty of Culture, Language & Performing Arts Brigham Young University – Hawaiʻi

Presley Keʻalaanuhea Ah Mook Sang, Kumu A’o, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

Johanna Kapōmaikaʻi Stone, Kumu A’o, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

Kalikoaloha Martin, Kumu A’o, Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

Line-Noue Memea Kruse, Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi

ʻUlise Funaki , Brigham Young University-Hawaiʻi

Dr. Dion Enari, Senior Lecturer, Auckland University Of Technology

Rev. Dr. Kaleo Patterson, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wahiawa, Oahu, HI

Rev. Dr. Ha’aheo Guanson, Executive Director of Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center

Kealoha Pisciotta, Kai Palaoa

Mialisa Otis, Puʻuhonua O Wailupe

Richard Salvador, Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center

Kerri A. Inglis, Professor Of History, University Of Hawaiʻi, Hilo

Nawahineokalaʻi Lanzilotti, Founder/Director Pulse Oceania

Jaimey Hamilton Faris, University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa

Anga’aefonu Bain-Vete, Artist and Illustrator Fiji