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Ka La Ho’iho’i Ea 2011

July 26, 2011 

From http://www.facebook.com/lahoihoiea:

We encourage the observance and celebration of La Ho’iho’i Ea everywhere Hawaiians tread the ‘AINA…

Please join us, Sunday July 31st 2011 ( @ Thomas Square in Honolulu), to celebrate and honor our ancestors, our history, our sovereignty and our unending fight for justice.

La Ho‘iho‘i Ea, celebrated from 1843 to 1893, commemorates the British Crown’s acknowledgment of Hawai‘i as an independent nation. A testament to Hawai‘i and our right to self-governance. Originally La Ho‘iho‘i Ea was a week long annual celebration marked by Hawaiian patriotism and all the best that our islands have to offer including music, crafts, games, food and community. It was celebrated for 50 years until, in 1893, Hawai‘i once again came under illegal occupation, this time by America.

Banned throughout the kingdom in the year 1893 along with other national holidays (i.e. La Kuokoa – Hawaii Independence Day ). La Ho‘iho‘i Ea experienced a rebirth in 1975 when Hawaiian national, scholar, and patriot Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell resurrected this holiday to honor and celebrate our continued independence and sovereignty, despite a century long American occupation.

“Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono”

“The sovereignty of our nation is preserved through righteousness.”

Around the Globe, US Military Bases Generate Resentment, Not Security

June 14, 2011 

Writing on the Nation blogKatrina vanden Heuvel zeroes in on the social and financial costs of U.S. foreign military bases:

As we debate an exit from Afghanistan, it’s critical that we focus not only on the costs of deploying the current force of more than 100,000 troops, but also on the costs of maintaining permanent bases long after those troops leave.

This is an issue that demands a hard look not only in Afghanistan and Iraq, but around the globe—where the US has a veritable empire of bases.

According to the Pentagon, there are approximately 865 US military bases abroad—over 1,000 if new bases in Iraq and Afghanistan are included.  The cost?  $102 billion annually—and that doesn’t include the costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan bases.

In a must-read article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Sciences, anthropologist Hugh Gusterson points out that these bases “constitute 95 percent of all the military bases any country in the world maintains on any other country’s territory.”  He notes a “bloated and anachronistic” Cold War-tilt toward Europe, including 227 bases in Germany.

She describes the global anti-bases movement:

Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) fellow Phyllis Bennis says that the Pentagon and military have been brilliant at spreading military production across virtually every Congressional district so that even the most anti-war members of Congress are reluctant to challenge big Defense projects.

“But there’s really no significant constituency for overseas bases because they don’t bring much money in a concentrated way,” says Bennis.  “So in theory it should be easier to mobilize to close them.”  What is new and heartening, according to Bennis, is that “there are now people in countries everywhere that are challenging the US bases and that’s a huge development.”

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IPS has worked diligently not only with allies abroad but also in the US to promote a more rational military posture with regard to bases.  Other active groups include the American Friends Service Committee and the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the latter focusing on bases in Latin America.

In 2010, IPS mobilized congressional opposition to the building of a new base in Okinawa by working with groups in the US and in Japan.  This campaign included the creation of a grassroots coalition of peace, environmental and Asian American groups called the Network for Okinawa, a full-page ad in the Washington Post, articles in various progressive media, and a series of congressional visits.  (The East Asia-US-Puerto Rico Women’s Network Against Militarism also played a key role, linking anti-base movements in Okinawa, Guam, Puerto Rico and Hawaii.)

Yes, that’s right.  U.S. bases in Hawai’i are foreign bases in an occupied country.  As Thomas Naylor writes in Counterpunch “Why Hawai’i is Not a Legitimate State – What the Birthers Missed” (There’s a typo in the title of the original article.):

Notwithstanding a series of clever illegal moves by the U.S. government, Hawaii cannot be considered a legally bona fide state of the United States.  In 1898 the United States unilaterally abrogated all of Hawaii’s existing treaties and purported to annex it on the basis of a Congressional resolution.  Two years later the U.S. illegally established the so-called Territory of Hawaii on the basis of the spurious Organic Act.  After a period of prolonged belligerent occupation by the U.S., Hawaii was placed under United Nations Charter, Article 73, as a “non-self-governing territory” under the administrative authority of the United States.  Then in 1959 the U.S. falsely informed the U.N. that Hawaii had become the 50th state of the United States after an illegal plebiscite.  Among those allowed to vote in this invalid election were members of the U.S. military and their dependents stationed in Hawaii.  In other words, Hawaii’s occupiers were permitted to vote on its future.

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Hawaii became an alleged state of the United States as a result of a foreign policy based on full spectrum dominance and imperial overstretch – the same foreign policy employed by Obama over a century later in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, and Palestine.


Hawai’i Island Appeal for Solidarity

February 3, 2011 

Activists from Hawai’i island issued an appeal for solidarity in the face of a massive military expansion planned for Pohakuloa.   Please send solidarity statements to ja@interpac.net. Mahalo!

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For Public Release concerning U.S. military training at Pohakuloa
See list of individual signers below

Further contact: Jim Albertini 966-7622
Contact: Malu `Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box AB Kurtistown, Hawai`i 96760.
Phone (808) 966-7622.  Email ja@interpac.net http://www.malu-aina.org

Appeal for Solidarity!

We (the undersigned) appeal to all Hawaii peace, justice, environment, and independence activists, to the general public, and to local and state government officials.  We ask that you stand in solidarity with us on Moku O Keawe in resistance to major U.S. military expansion at the 133,000-acre Pohakuloa Training Area, and now even helicopter assault training for Afghanistan on our sacred mountains –Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.

We congratulate the Malama Makua community organization for its victory in stopping all military live fire in Makua Valley on Oahu.  But Makua is still held hostage by the military and used to train for ongoing U.S. wars of aggression.

We are opposed to pushing U.S. desecration and contamination from one site to another.  We want an end to U.S. occupation in Hawaii and the restoration of the Hawaii nation.  We want the U.S. to stop bombing Hawaii and clean up its opala.  We want to put an end to U.S. desecration and contamination of all sacred cultural sites.  We do not want the U.S. training anywhere to do to others what the U.S. has already done to Hawaii: overthrow and occupy its government and nation, desecrate its sacred sites, and contaminate its air, land, water, people, plants, and animals with military toxins.

Restore the Hawaii Nation!

End U.S. Terrorism!
Military Clean-Up NOT Build Up!
Stop all the Wars!  End all Occupations!

Signers
Isaac Harp, Kelii “Skippy” Ioane, Hanalei Fergerstrom,
Kihei Soli Niheu, Ali`i Sir Kaliko Kanaele, Calvin Kaleiwahea,
Lloyd Buell, Danny Li, Stephen Paulmier, Ronald Fujiyoshi,
Moanikeala Akaka, Tomas Belsky,
Samuel Kaleleiki, Jim Albertini

Ka La Ho’iho’i Ea 2010 (Hawaiian Independence Restoration Day)

July 2, 2010 

July 31 2010 marks the 167th anniversary of the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom. This was the joyous event that ended the six month occupation of the Kingdom of Hawai`i by Great Britain. Admiral Richard Thomas properly reversed the unjust and illegal invasion by the Right Honorable Lord George Paulet, Captain, Royal Navy from February 15 1843 until July 31 1843. Hawai`i celebrated a week long party.

La Ho`iho`i Ea was one of Hawai`i’s major holidays and was observed until 1893 when it was banned by the Provisional Government. We restore this happy day and invite all to come celebrate with us as the kupuna did that day 167 years ago at the same place where it occured, Thomas Square.

Bring your ohana and friends, the more company the better!

10.7.31 Kalahoihoiea

*Kupuna names from the Ku’e Petition will be on display, find your kupuna’s name or add yours*

MAIN EVENT

!!WE HAVE HALF THE PARK THIS YEAR!!

FLAG CEREMONY @ 12PM!!!

(celebrating as the kupuna did on July 31, 167 years ago)

ENTERTAINMENT ALL DAY LONG!

Some Participating Organizations/Activities:

DE-MILITARIZE ZONE (DMZ)

MOVEMENT FOR ALOHA NO KA AINA (MANA)

HUI PU

SMOKE MEAT PLATES

THE QUEEN’S (LILIUOKALANI) DISPLAY

A HAWAIIAN PUPPET SHOW (BY GEORGE FLORES)

THE HAWAIIAN FORCE

KAHEA (THE HAWAIIAN-ENVIRONMENTAL ALLIANCE)

THE LAWAI’A ACTION NETWORK

THE ASSOCIATION OF HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUBS

HAWAIIAN DISCUSSIONS AVAILABLE

MANA ‘AI (W. DANIEL ANTHONY, TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN POI)

KA LEI MAILE ALI’I HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUB

KE OLA MAMO (HAWAIIAN HEALTH SCREENINGS)

HUI MAULI OLA (DA LOMILOMI/HEALTH GUYS)

PA OLA HAWAII (LOMILOMI & HEALTH DEMONSTRATIONS)

BOUNCY CASTLE FOR DA KIDDIES

FACE PAINTING FOR ALL AGES

‘AWA

HAWAIIAN ART (JEWELERY, PAINTINGS, PRINTS)

KANAKA MAOLI POWER (PRE ORDER KU’E TSHIRTS@ kanakamaolipower.org)

Art & Poetry Exhibit commemorating the overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani

January 14, 2010 

ONIPA’A

Aloha ‘Aina, Malama ‘Aina

Art & Poetry Exhibit

January 14 to February 14, 2010

Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau Room Hawaii State Library

Downtown Honolulu, diamond head side of ‘Iolani Palace


Opening & Award Ceremony

Saturday, January 16, 2010, 1-4pm

Courtyard Area, Hawaii State Library

Join Master of ceremonies Palani Vaughn, keynote speaker Haunani Kay Trask, activist and musician Skippy Ioane and talented keiki artists and writers at the opening of this art exhibit. Awards ceremony and readings will be part of the opening.

January 17, 2010 marks the 117th anniversary of the 1983 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Queen Lili’uokalani relinquished her throne, turning her authority over to the president of the United States in order to avoid any bloodshed. Queen Lili’uokalani spent the remainder of her life being steadfast, ‘onipa’a, in her efforts to restore the Kingdom of Hawai’i, and the rights of her people. We remember her today for her legacy of unwavering love of her people and her beloved country.

Sponsored by Native Hawaiian Advisory Council, Pu’uhonua Society, Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Native Books/Na Mea Hawai’i. For any additional information call Ho’oipo Pa, 808-430-7333

Download poster for Onipaa

Kauanui: Pro-Independence Talking Points on the ‘Akaka Bill’

January 7, 2010 

PRO-INDEPENDENCE TALKING POINTS ON THE AKAKA BILL

The Akaka Bill legislation, first introduced in the U.S. Congress in 2000 and now before Congress in two different bills (H.R. 2314 and S. 1011), proposes that the U.S. Government recognize a “Native Hawaiian governing entity” that is to be certified by the U.S. Department of the Interior in conformity with U.S. federal law and practice regarding Native American tribal nations. Why support a federally driven bill that serves both the state’s interests and wraps things up for the federal government that aims strangle our national claims under international law (i.e. the right to restore an independent nation)?

This bill must be rejected for the following reasons:

  • Our claims to independence under international law stem from the fact that our loss of self-determination at no time amounted to a legal termination of political sovereignty, which was not lost via conquest, cession or adjudication.
  • The historical harm the United States first committed in Hawai‘i in 1893 brought down, not a “Native Hawaiian governing entity” but the government of the independent State of Hawai‘i composed of Kanaka Maoli as well as non-Kanaka Maoli subjects. Consequently, the Kanaka Maoli people and other Hawaiian Kingdom heirs have, since that time, accumulated fundamental political and other claims against the United States under international law that the United States must recognize.
  • The bill attempts to sabotage the rightful return of our people to our status prior to 1893-98 by imposing on us a colonial U.S. “wardship” that is anchored in the U.S. judicial doctrine of the plenary power of Congress over Native American nations.
  • The U.S. apology of 1993 recognizes that “the indigenous Hawaiian people never directly relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States, either through their monarchy or through a plebiscite or referendum.” Passage of the bill would mark the first time in history that we could be accused of acquiescing to the illegal U.S.-backed overthrow in 1893.
  • Proponents of the bill insist it will not foreclose our claims under international law, and not acknowledge how the United States asserts its plenary power to keep indigenous sovereigns both domestic and dependent. Moreover, these proponents depend on the Indigenous Peoples Model within the United Nations, whereas independence supporters opposed to the bill rely on the model of either De-Ocupation or Decolonization.
  • This is a FEDERALLY DRIVEN BILL that did NOT spring from our people. Locally, it has been DRIVEN BY OHA – A STATE AGENCY. Although there are Kanaka Maoli running OHA, it is still a STATE AGENCY working on behalf of the STATE’S INTERESTS. The trustees do not even have the mandate of the Kanaka Maoli people since they are ELECTED BY ALL STATE RESIDENTS (since 2000 when the ruling in Rice v. Cayetano found Hawaiian-only voting for OHA trustees unconstitutional).
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Protests follow Obama in Hawai’i

December 27, 2009 

President Obama arrived in Hawai’i on Thursday for his winter vacation.  Security has been intense, including. as reported in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, a security zone that extended into the sea, blocking a favorite surf spot “Castles”:

Bob Ashton, a local resident and surfer, said the Coast Guard was not letting anyone surf Thursday past a yellow buoy marking the security zone.

But on Christmas surfers were able to catch waves just inside the zone.

“What are we going to do? We’re in board shorts,” Ashton said. “We’re not suicide surfers.”

Ikaika Vasconcellos said when he paddled out yesterday, Coast Guardsmen in a motorized rubber boat greeted him and told him he could surf as long as he did not cross an imaginary diagonal line between the yellow security buoy and a white security tent on shore closer to the Obama vacation home.

“They had guns on the boat,” Vasconcellos said. “So we were like, ‘OK, we won’t pass your line.’”

Merry Christmas!

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Gunboats in the canal where kayakers are usually paddling.  Photo: Kyle Kajihiro

Although much of the Obamas’ activities have been low key, much taking place within the secured compound or on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, there have been protests.  Thursday afternoon, as the motorcade arrived in Kailua, Hawaiian independence activists demonstrated.   The AP story mentioned the action:

A group of Hawaiian sovereignty activists standing near Pinky’s restaurant in Kailua spelled out “End US Occupation of Hawaii.”

Pono Kealoha posted the following video on YouTube:

Yesterday peace and anti-war groups held a demonstration at the entrance to Kailuana Place, just outside the security checkpoint.

Obama’s motorcade passed the demonstration on his way to Kaneohe Marine Corps Base where he played golf at the Klipper course, a “golfer’s paradise”.  Did someone tell him that he was golfing on the ancestral remains of Kanaka Maoli?

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http://www.starbulletin.com/news/20091227_Protesters_seizing_moment_to_air_out_their_concerns.html

Protesters seizing moment to air out their concerns

By B.J. Reyes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Dec 27, 2009

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On one corner, groups opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan carried signs urging an end to the conflicts on foreign soil.

Across the street, abortion foes protested the inclusion of funding for abortions in any health care reform bill.

“Chaotic,” was Kailuana Place resident Suzanne Sutherland’s description of the scene at the end of her block, where groups set up in hopes of getting President Barack Obama’s attention as he came and went from his vacation rental home.

“There’s children, there’s people coming and going to the beach, there’s the people on the sidewalk — with the cars — their lives are in danger,” Sutherland said. “The cars, they’re in danger of turning and looking at something and having an accident.”

The demonstrations were peaceful, though witnesses said one car that slowed down so someone could make an obscene gesture was involved in a fender bender.

Signs bore statements including “Stop the wars,” “Peace, put it in action” and “I don’t want to pay for baby killing.” At least one demonstrator carried the Hawaii state flag upside down.

“We think it’s really important, not only with the national coverage but international coverage, that people see that there are people here in Hawaii — even while he’s on vacation — who are saying ‘stop the war’ and we greatly oppose the war,” said Liz Rees, 39, of Honolulu, an organizer with the group World Can’t Wait.

Gary Boisclair, a local organizer with the Insurrecta Nex anti-abortion group founded by national activist Randall Terry, carried a sign reading, “President Obama, baby killing is not health care.”

“Today we are hoping to wake up our president and the public to the fact that this health bill cannot be passed with monies — direct or indirect — for the killing of innocent children,” said Boisclair, 41, of Honolulu.

The groups each numbered a few dozen strong by 10 a.m. but were gone by noon.

Obama passed through their ranks at 10:11 a.m. when his motorcade made its way to Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay for a round of golf at the base’s Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.

Aides said Obama played a round of golf with Chicago pal Eric Whitaker and Hawaii friends Greg Orme, Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb.

Reporters were not allowed onto the golf course to view the president’s round.

After about six hours on the course, the motorcade left the base but stopped at Pyramid Rock Beach. Obama, wearing a white golf shirt, tan baseball cap and sunglasses, got out to check out the waves as surprised swimmers and sunbathers caught a glimpse of him as he took in the sights for a few minutes.

THE PRESIDENT’S motorcade returned to the vacation residence at 4:52 p.m.

Obama’s day started with a 6:20 a.m. conference call with John Brennan, his Homeland Security and counterterrorism adviser, and Denis McDonough, national security chief of staff.

“He received an update on the heightened air travel safety measures being taken to keep the American people safe and on the investigation,” deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton said in a statement. “The president will continue to actively monitor the situation.”

A Nigerian passenger on a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam allegedly set off an explosive device as the plane prepared to land in Detroit on Friday, according to authorities.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, also got in their usual morning workout at the Marine Corps base health club.

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http://www.kitv.com/video/22064832/index.html

2 Groups Protest At Obama Compound

Shayne Enright, KITV News

Click to watch the video.

Two separate groups of protesters on Saturday rallied outside the entrance to the Kailuana Place vacation compound in Kailua where President Barack Obama is staying for the holidays.

One group opposed the U.S. being at war. The other was against federal funding being included in health care reform legislation being negotiated in Congress.

“The health bill that will be presented to Obama — if it contains any monies directly or indirectly for abortion, we are begging the president to veto it,” protester Gary Boisclair said.

Several families from around the island held signs with a strong message.

“It’s personal to us because as you can see, we have a baby and every baby deserves to live,” North Shore resident Gwen Seely said.

The protests provoked reactions from drivers passing by. Some were in support of the rallies, while others yelled at the protesters to leave Obama alone.

Honolulu police and the Secret Service monitored the protests, which remained peaceful.

At one point, drivers gawking at the scene caused a fender-bender, but no one was injured.

About a dozen opponents of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan gathered nearby.

“A lot of people voted for Obama because he said he was for hope and change,” Liz Rees said. “He kind of campaigned as the so-called anti-war president.”

The protesters said they opposed sending more troops overseas.

“I support all the troops, and the best way we can support the troops is to bring them home,” Palolo resident Wally Inglis said.

Both groups were hoping Obama would notice the demonstrations.

“I think it is important while Obama is vacationing that people are out here saying, ‘Hey, we can’t just forget about the rest of the world because it’s Christmas and the holidays,” Rees said.

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Protesters Rally Outside President Barack Obama’s Kailua Vacation Rental

Reported by: Brianne Randle

Email: brandle@khon2.com

Last Update: 12/26 7:07 pm

Immediately after a briefing with top security aides, President Barack Obama and first-lady Michelle left their Kailua vacation home around 6:30am for day two of their early morning workout. An hour later they returned.

Outside of their secured street, protesters began to gather. On one side, a dozen people held signs that read “Stop the War in Afghanistan”.

“I think the war has gotta stop, it’s illegal, it’s immoral and it’s wrong,” said protester, CJ Jung.

“We think it’s a good thing that if Obama sees us standing here and knows that even when he’s on vacation in Kailua there are people who oppose the war,” said Liz Rees, protester.

Across the street another group also gathered.

“We’re here to protest against abortion,” said Gwen Seely, protester.

The Seely’s and their 11-month old daughter Regan joined a handful of others in the protest.

“Trying to help our children and hold people accountable for their actions,” said Eric Seely, protester. “And when you’re making public decision you open yourself up to hearing the message from all those concerned.”

While both protests were calm, they did catch the attention of many drivers. Almost too well…

“Screech, slam and then all the neighbors came out to see what happened,” said Kailua resident Suzanne Sutherland.

“I don’t know what the right venue for that is if it’s the street corners where he drives by if that’s appropriate or for them to call their Senators and get their voices heard that way.”

While there was excitement outside of his home, President Obama decided to continue his Hawaiian Holiday. Taking in a picturesque round of golf at Kaneohe’s Klipper course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

The 18-hole course is described as a “golfers paradise”. The President played a round with four friends, three of them from Hawaii.

After golf, President Obama stopped at Pyramid Rock Beach which is on base, before returning to his vacation rental in Kailua.

Inouye denies Akaka Bill ‘sneak attack’

December 15, 2009 

http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20091215/NEWS21/912150347/+Sneak+attack++claims+dismissed

Posted on: Tuesday, December 15, 2009

‘Sneak attack’ claims dismissed

By John Yaukey

Gannett Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Sen. Daniel K. Inouye denied accusations yesterday by a group of mostly Native Hawaiians that he is trying to avoid public scrutiny of legislation that would grant them historic new status by hiding it in a defense bill.

The legislation in question — known as the Akaka bill for its author, Hawai’i Sen. Daniel Akaka — would grant Native Hawaiians the same status as American Indians. It would create a process for Native Hawaiian self-governance.

“I have never suggested that the Akaka bill be passed and adopted as part of the defense appropriations process,” Inouye said. “I don’t know where this nonsensical suggestion originated.”

The accusations and response come as the decade-old Akaka bill approaches perhaps its best chance for passage yet.

It is scheduled to come before key House and Senate committees this week for votes that would open it up for full congressional consideration. President Obama has promised to sign it.

The group of critical Native Hawaiians, which includes separatists, accused Inouye of a “sneak attack” yesterday and said he was trying to avoid “any public review or input” on the bill.

About 100 people gathered for a demonstration opposing the Akaka bill process yesterday morning at the state Capitol.

‘Ehu Cardwell, a spokes-man for the group, said protesters want Hawai’i's lawmakers to hold public hearings on the Akaka bill in Hawai’i.

“We need to get the feedback of the people,” he said. “What we’re asking for is a transparent process.”

Akaka was as unhappy as Inouye about the accusations.

“It is very frustrating that opponents intentionally seek to spread misinformation about the bill,” Akaka spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke said last night. “This should call their credibility into question once again.”

The Akaka bill has strong support among some Native Hawaiians, but others oppose it for multiple reasons. Separatists, who believe Hawai’i should be released from statehood, don’t believe it goes far enough.

Other critics say they are worried about how claims for land under the Akaka bill would be handled.

The legislation would develop a process for organizing a Native Hawaiian government. It would rewrite the political landscape in Hawai’i, giving Native Hawaiians virtually the same rights conferred on American Indians and Native Alaskans. Eventually, it could give Native Hawaiians greater control over their highly valuable ancestral lands — some 1.8 million acres annexed in 1898.

Some prominent members of the Native Hawaiian legal community have issues with the Akaka bill, although their objections focus on details and not the overall thrust of the legislation.

In a four-page analysis of the legislation, the Native Hawaiian Bar Association said some provisions would grant the federal government too much immunity against potential claims by Native Hawaiians, especially for land.

“The bill’s provisions on claims and federal sovereign immunity appear to be overly broad and may prohibit lawsuits by individual Native Hawaiians,” the bar association wrote. “They create an extraordinarily unusual circumstance in which Native Hawaiians are barred from bringing an action.”

Congress has taken up the legislation seven times since it was first introduced in 2000. The bill has passed the House twice but has never cleared the Senate, where legislation sometimes requires 60 of 100 votes, and where a single senator can place a hold on a bill.

Akaka has said he expects he’ll need 60 votes to eventually pass the bill.

Opponents of the legislation, which has changed shape several times, say the bill challenges the American principle of equality and opens doors to political volatility among Native Hawaiians.

In 2006, the Justice Department under President George W. Bush argued that the Akaka bill would “divide people by their race.”

Justice Department officials from the Obama administration have been negotiating with the Hawai’i delegation about fine points in the bill, but the department support

Opponents of Akaka Bill stage protest, accuse senator of ‘back-door’ tactics

December 14, 2009 

This morning approximately forty Hawaiian sovereignty supporters staged a demonstration at the State Capitol in response to reports that Congress might amend the Defense Appropriation Bill to include the controversial Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill (Akaka Bill), thereby expediting its passage.  A press release stated:

BULLETIN – AKAKA BILL SNEAK ATTACK

A few select individuals headed by the Hawai`i delegation in Washington DC and locally are working to “sneak” the Akaka Bill into the Defense Appropriations bill this coming week.

These individuals have scheduled mark-ups of the Akaka Bill in both the House and Senate Committees for this coming week, which will allow them to “jam” a version of the bill into the Defense Appropriations Bill or similar piece of legislation.

It should come as no surprise that this attempt is spearheaded by none other than Daniel Inouye, who is the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

If they are able to do this, the Akaka bill will pass and become law.

Where is the voice of the people in this process? Why are the people not allowed to review bill mark-ups and share their input to those who are elected to serve us? Why is the Akaka Bill being snuck into the Defense Appropriations or any other bill?

Everyone needs to be alerted, so they can voice their concerns and opposition. Please forward this email to your friends and family.

Everyone should be outraged at these individuals who are working overtime to sneak the Akaka Bill into the Defense Appropriations Bill, while the issues such as: war, homelessness, unemployment, health care, and education are unresolved issues.

One would think that these individuals would be spending their efforts towards resolving these crises, rather than forcing the Akaka Bill down our throats. It?s obvious these individuals are doing “business as usual”, behind closed doors and without transparency. What happened to CHANGE?

Whether you live in Hawai`i or not, whether you?re Hawaiian or not, now is the critical time to help, especially if you see your representative?s name and contact info below.

Please, everyone should begin Monday morning contacting as many of the following individuals via phone calls and written testimony as you can to express your outrage.

Tell them you demand a transparent and open process for the Akaka bill as stand alone legislation. Insist that they not bury it by attaching it to any other bill.

Also visit http://StopAkakaBill.com and http://FreeHawaii.Info for the latest updates and information.

The demonstration was sparked by a tip from anonymous Washington D.C. sources that once the markup on the Akaka bill was completed this week, the bill would be amended to the Defense Appropriations Bill to ensure a speedy passage, a familiar trick in Congress.  While it is impossible to know for sure that such an amendment was in the works, the action surely preempted that possibility.

Senator Inouye issued the following statement in response to the accusations:

“I have never suggested that the Akaka Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill be passed and adopted as part of the defense appropriations process. I don’t know where this nonsensical suggestion originated. The Akaka Bill for the past many years has been considered under what we call the regular order. It has had hours upon hours of hearings, many, many revisions and amendments and has gone through the scrutiny of three administrations. We have had hearings in Washington and in Hawaii. It is not a measure that has been shepherded in the dark of the night. It has been fully transparent.”

Pro-Hawaiian independence groups have opposed the Akaka bill because it will ‘settle’ (read ‘extinguish’) sovereignty and land claims while subordinating Native Hawaiians to the Department of the Interior.  Meanwhile, right wing anti-Hawaiian groups such as the Grassroots Institute, Aloha For All and the Heritage Foundation have opposed the Akaka Bill as “race-based” “special rights”.   What gets confusing is that there is a Christian Right element active in the Hawaiian independence movement, some of whom have worked closely with the right wing Anti-Hawaiian groups like the Heritage Foundation.  In fact, the “sneak attack” language of the protest, troubling because of its oblique reference to the Pearl Harbor attack and its tinge of anti-Japanese racism, was consistent with the theme emanating from the right wing think tanks.  And it seems that it was the conservative media here and here that carried the story far and wide on the internet, causing Inouye’s angry response.   However, this episode raises important questions for the Hawaiian independence movement: Do you know who you are in bed with?

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http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11676367

Opponents of Akaka Bill stage protest, accuse senator of ‘back-door’ tactics

Posted: Dec 14, 2009 2:04 PM Updated: Dec 14, 2009 4:47 PM

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Opponents of the Akaka Bill staged a protest Monday morning near the Hawaii State Capitol, accusing Senator Daniel Inouye of planning to “jam” the Native Hawaiian recognition bill into a defense spending measure, virtually guaranteeing its passage. Senator Inouye’s office responded quickly, calling the suggestion “nonsensical”.

Ehu Cardwell of the Koani Foundation said in a statement that Inouye was “planning to insert the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009 into the Defense Appropriations Bill or one of several others coming before Congress this week.

“The effort would virtually guarantee passage of the Akaka bill through a “back-door” tactic, thus circumventing any public review or input” Cardwell said.

“I have never suggested that the Akaka Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill be passed and adopted as part of the defense appropriations process. I don’t know where this nonsensical suggestion originated” said Inouye in a statement.

In his statement, Inouye referenced the numerous hearings and proposed amendments that the bill has undergone since it was originally proposed in 2000. He said the proposed law “has gone through the scrutiny of three administrations…it has been fully transparent.”

The Akaka Bill is officially known as the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009. It would establish a process whereby Native Hawaiians would be able to set up a governing entity similar to those of numerous Native American nations on the mainland.

Hawaii A Voice for Sovereignty – Honolulu Public Premiere Screening

December 8, 2009 

Press Release 12/9/09

Othila Media Productions

HAWAII A VOICE FOR SOVEREIGNTY – HONOLULU PUBLIC PREMIERE SCREENING

Honoring Cast and Native Hawaiian People

Sunday, December 13 at 5:00 PM

University of Hawaii, Spalding Auditorium

Honolulu, HI

University of Hawaii Cinema Series, by Don Brown;

Sponsored in part by Hawaiian Studies, UH and Pasifika Foundation Hawaii

US 2009 84 minutes

RECEPTION at 7:00 PM

Second screening at 7:30 PM

This documentary film, directed by photojournalist Catherine Bauknight, explores the culture of the Native Hawaiians and their connection to the land. At the forefront of the film are social, economic, and ecological issues that have developed in Hawaii since the takeover by the U.S. in 1893, revealed in the voice and participation of the grassroots indigenous people and scholars such as author, Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask and Professor Kaleikoa Ka’eo, Senator Kalani English, Bumpy Kanahele, and Clifford Nae’ole, Ramsay Taum, Kahu Hanalei Colleado, and Guy Aina The goal of the documentary is to raise awareness of the issues faced by the Native Hawaiians that threaten their ancient and environmentally sustainable culture. Key contributors to the film and understanding of the Hawaiian culture through music and chants are Charles Ka’upu, Cyril Pahinui, George Kahumoku, Ke’eaumoku Kapu, Lono, Richard Ho’opi’i, Skippy Ioane, Willie K, and Makana, Kamuela Rodrigues,Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu, Ulalena: The Music of Michel Cusson and Luc Boivin.

The film was recently awarded Best Documentary Feature Film and Best Environmental Film in the NY International and Independent Film Festival. It was won the Audience Award Best Hawai’i Film at the Maui Film Festival in June, after privately screening at the Capitol Building in Washington,DC in June.

Panel discussion facilitated by Jon Orsorio, following screening. Panel will include Prof. Haunani-Kay Trask and Bumpy Kanahele. Others TBA.

Entertainment by Skippy Ioane, political poet from Big Island.

Bauknight will take this opportunity to recognize those who worked towards a common goal of representing the voice of the Native Hawaiians and their culture, who are in the film from Oahu, Maui, Big Island, Molokai, Kauai, and those and worked behind the scenes for the goal of the film, such as cultural advisors Clifford Nae’ole, Leona Kalima and cultural and historical advisor, Al Harrington. The film has empowered the people of Hawaii to take a look at their own history and to do their own research to find out more information, according to Wilmont Kahaialii, from Maui.

$5 General Admission / $3 UH Free Parking on Sunday

Further information about the event: Don Brown (808) 223-0130

Film Trailer: www.catherinebaukight.com

email: cbauknight@othilamedia.com

Directions to Spalding Auditorium:

Proceed north on University Ave. two stoplights past Dole St. (Maile Way). Make a right onto the campus. 400 yards past the guard gate, park in the lot on the right at the corner of Maile Way and Farrington Rd. Walk through passage way to the front of the building. Auditorium is on the first floor.

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