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Hauʻoli Lā Hānau e Walter Ritte

Walter Ritte (Born April 12, 1945) has been a pillar of social activism in Hawaiʻi for over 40 years. Below are resources where you can find videos, articles and books on his leadership throughout the years.



Reclaiming Kahoolawe - History of Bombing

February 27, 2009

Story of Kahoolawe by Those Who Were There

May 5, 2012

Walter Ritte - on Hawaiian Rights July 3, 2020


Kahoolawe 1976: Walter Ritte on trial

April 1976

It’s the anniversary of the first protest landing on Kahoolawe on January 4, 1976

January 4, 2015

Episode 49: The founding of the Protect Kaho‘olawe ʻOhana with Walter Ritte

February 5, 2016

Uncle Walter Ritte, on Reclaiming Kaho'olawe

February 23, 2018


Mary Ellen Snodgrass (8 April 2015). Civil Disobedience: An Encyclopedic History of Dissidence in the United States. Routledge. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-317-47441-8.

Mansel G. Blackford (2007). Pathways to the Present: U.s. Development and Its Consequences in the Pacific. University of Hawaii Press. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-8248-3073-1.

Wayne Westlake; Mei-Li M. Siy; Richard Hamasaki (2009). Westlake: Poems by Wayne Kaumualii Westlake (1947-1984). University of Hawaii Press. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-8248-3067-0.

Walter Ritte; Richard W. Sawyer (1980). Nā Mana'o Aloha O Kaho'olawe. Aloha 'Āina O Nā Kūpuna. p. 9.


Walter Ritte on GMO issues - University of Hawaii

January 29, 2013


December 14, 2013

walter ritte GMO protest

October 10, 2010

Walter Ritte Jr. addressing GMO food

November 3, 2012


Taro Research Protested on Kauai

August 15, 2007

Maui Rally Against GMO Draws Strong Turnout

March 23, 2013

Hawai'i Anti-GMO Activists Rely On Mainland Millionaires For 'Grassroots' Campaign

October 2, 2013



Molokai Ranch sale

February 1, 2019



May 2008

With 55K acres up for sale, Molokai residents unite to send a message

October 28, 2017

Activists demand water diverted for Molokaʻi ranch be restored

July 1, 2019

Molokai group seeks to restore stream flows

July 2, 2019

Molokai Ranch’s use of stream water is challenged

July 2, 2019

Moloka‘i Group Demands Stream Flow Restoration

July 2, 2019

With Moloka'i Ranch Up for Sale, Community Seeks To Reclaim Streams

July 4, 2019

A Call for Stream Restoration

July 11, 2019



OHA: Walter Ritte on Mauna Kea

April 23, 2015

Walter Ritte Speaks about Mauna Kea in Hilo

June 23, 2015

Walter Ritte on Mauna Kea

November 27, 2015

Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte, on protests at Mauna Kea

July 15, 2019

Mauna Kea Protectors Chained to Cattle Guard to Stop TMT

July 16, 2019


Molokai’s Walter Ritte recalls Kahoolawe amid Mauna Kea struggle

July 21, 2019

Why Native Hawaiians are fighting to protect Maunakea from a telescope

July 24, 2019

Longtime Native Hawaiian Activist Announces Run For House Seat

February 19, 2020

Protest against a billion-dollar telescope in Hawaii grows to 1,000 people, leading to brief arrests

July 18, 2019

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