The purpose of the action reported in the Honolulu Adverstiser was to protest the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for allowing the Army to desecrate sites in Makua. The demonstration was led by representatives of families with ties to Makua valley. This is distinct from the efforts of Hui Malama o Makua and Malama Makua.
Updated at 11:23 a.m., Friday, March 5, 2010
Protesters gather outside OHA over Army plan on Makua Wahipana
Protesters are gathering this morning outside the Office of Hawaiian Affairs building to challenge a recent plan by the Army to excavate “recently discovered” sacred burial complexes in Makua Wahipana and allow visitor access to the site.
The protest, until 10:30 a.m., is being led by Alika Poe Silva, leader of the lineal descendants of those buried in Makua Valley. “The Army wants to exterminate and obfuscate our concerns and the integrity of the Kane temples in Makua Wahipana,” Silva said in a statement.
The protesters say that OHA and Hui Malama have agreed to the Army plan despite the concerns of the lineal descendants and that they will be requesting a legal analysis and opinion from the Hawaii Supreme Court.