Sunday, July 14, 2019

WHAT HIS GRANDFATHER TAUGHT HIM ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"


"What My Grandfather Did - A Visit With Thomas Shirai"

Growing up Thomas Shirai learned many things from his grandfather, including the fact that his family had lived in Kawaiha Pai on O`ahu for centuries. So as a lineal descendant, Thomas became curious as to why the family home had vanished and the land is now a public park with an aviation air strip. After much research, he discovered in the end his grandfather held the key to unlocking the mysteries. Join us in our visit with Thomas as he speaks of his deep love for the life lessons learned from his grandfather that still have meaning and impact for him to this day - Watch It Here

MONDAY, July 15th At 6:30 PM Maui – Akaku, Channel 54

SUNDAY, July 14h At 2:00 PM & TUESDAY, July 16th At 10:30 AM - Hawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 53

MONDAY, July 15th At 8:00 AM & WEDNESDAY, July 17th At 1:00 PM Hawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 54
 
TUESDAY, July 16th At 7:30 PM, THURSDAY, July 18th At 7:30 PM & SATURDAY, July 20th At 5:30 PM Kaua`i - Ho`ike, Channel 52



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Saturday, July 13, 2019

KE AUPUNI UPDATE - JULY 2019




















H.E. Leon K. Siu giving a Press Briefing at Palais des Nations, Geneva — Photo by ACANU


8y Leon Siu -  Hawaiian National
Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawai`i, the Hawaiian Kingdom.  

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono.

• Press At The UN
I just returned again from another trip to the United Nations headquarters in New York and Geneva.

The main benefit in attending meetings at the UN is to be able to tell our story and drum up interest among diplomats, UN officials and agencies, NGOs and all the other onlookers. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, is an ideal platform to tell our story by presenting interventions on the items being discussed in the plenary sessions, speaking on various panels, and mingling with people in the margins of the meeting.

One of the most important components in the talk-story mix is the international press.

Over the years, we have established solid credibility through dozens of articles published by various news agencies from around the world. A recent article that got much attention at the UN was in the January 2019 issue of Diva International Diplomat, a quarterly glossy magazine published at the UN in Geneva.

ACANU (the Association of Accredited Correspondents at the United Nations) oversees the press corps at the UN. On June 28, ACANU hosted a press briefing featuring Rob Kajiwara, Catherine Fisher and me, about human rights violations occurring in Hawaii and Okinawa. Interest was so keen, the briefing lasted over 90 minutes (far exceeding the allotted 1 hour) during which we were able to answer a lot of questions and cover a lot of ground… our history, living under foreign rule, current conditions, the struggle to restore self-governance and self-reliance; the TMT and Mauna Kea, illegal detentions, discrimination and persecution of Hawaiian subjects, falsification and transferal of land titles to foreign interests, economic tyranny, pillaging of Hawaii’s resources, etc.

As I said before, the world is waking up and beginning to listen. Briefings like this is to prepare the international press so they won’t be surprised when we start to move… Imua!


Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
———

The Campaign to Free Hawai`i is funded by people like YOU…

We cannot do this crucial work without your help… your kokua.

It takes funding to make these important accomplishments happen and we deeply appreciate all financial contributions, large or small.

Any amount you contribute will make a huge impact on our ability to continue this work (and can be tax-deductible if needed).

We have much to accomplish in 2019 and your contributions toward that are very important and needed.

Your KŌKUA is greatly appreciated!
To contribute, go to - GoFundMe.com/FreeHawaii


---------
 Malama pono,
Leon Siu 


Friday, July 12, 2019

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SPECIAL REPORT - "3 SURPRISING MAUNA KEA FACTS"

Very Few People Know These Three Surprising Facts About Mauna Kea.

Once You Know Them, Youʻll Never Look At The Thirty Meter Telescope The Same Way Again.

Theyʻre Things The TMT Corporation Doesnʻt Want You To Know.

Watch This To See What They Are & Why They Change Everything.


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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

FLASH! - TMT/ MAUNA KEA CONSTRUCTION STARTS NEXT WEEK - NATIONAL GUARD TO BE USED FOR TRANSPORTATION, SUPPLIES & ROAD CLOSURES

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

PROTECTING THE SACRED - NEW MAUNA KEA LAWSUIT FILED




















Honolulu Star-Advertiser - July 9, 2019

Foes of the Thirty Meter Telescope filed a lawsuit Monday saying the state failed to make the developer of the $1.4 billion project post a security bond as required by the state’s 1977 plan for Mauna Kea.

Mauna Kea Hui leader Kealoha Pisciotta said the suit filed in Third Circuit Court on Hawaii island is the first of at least three planned legal challenges aimed at stopping the TMT from being built on Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

Filed by Big Island attorney Gary Zamber, the suit claims that the Mauna Kea Plan of 1977 requires that every project have a posted security bond in the amount of the full cost of the project.

“The rules clearly state that a bond is required,” Pisciotta said this afternoon.

The claim names as defendants Gov. David Ige, state Attorney General Clare Connors, state Land Board chairperson Suzanne Case and other members of the state Board of Land and Natural Resources, plus Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, University of Hawaii President David Lassner and the Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory.

The governor’s office declined to comment about the lawsuit.

“By failing to post the bond they have laid all financial liability on the People of Hawai‘i, in the event (that)TMT doesn’t get full funding and this is especially important because they don’t have full funding now,” Pisciotta said in an email.

Pisciotta said a bond helps to ensure that the developer would be able to return the land back to its original state — a requirement of the TMT’s conservation district use permit — even if the project went bankrupt in the middle of construction.

“That is the purpose of requiring a bond in the first place —so the people don’t get stuck with the bill,” she said.

The plaintiffs include Pisciotta and other Native Hawaiian religious and cultural practitioners who here petitioners in the recent TMT contested case and court case.

Monday, July 08, 2019

OHA LLCS AGREE TO PROVIDE CHECK REGISTERS

















Hawai`i Free Press - By Andrew Walden - July 7, 2019

The State of Hawaii Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) has agreed to fulfill a Hawai’i Free Press Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) request for the check registers of four of OHA’s seven known limited liability corporations (LLCs).


This is in addition to three other OHA LLCs covered by a court order.


In the wake of First Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Crabtree’s March 29, 2019 Minute Order directing OHA to comply with a UIPA request for three of its LLCs, Hawai’i Free Press submitted, May 20, 2019, a separate UIPA request for records of the other four. 


After six weeks of no response, in a July 2, 2019, letter to the State Office of Information Practices, OHA’s newly appointed interim CEO, Sylvia Hussey, finally acknowledges:

…the status of Hi'ilei Aloha LLC, Ho'okele Pono LLC, and Hi'ipaka LLC, as agencies for UIPA purposes, was…determined and finalized through the written Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (FOFCOL) and Order of the Honorable Jeffrey P. Crabtree, filed on June 25, 2019….  Furthermore, the June 25th final FOFCOL and Order determined that Hi'ilei Aloha LLC, Ho'okele Pono LLC, and Hi'ipaka LLC, as a subsidiary of Hi'ilei Aloha LLC, are each an agency for UIPA purposes of HRS §92F-3. To this end, the court set a 30-day deadline for the production of the check registers and tasked Hi'ilei Aloha LLC, Ho'okele Pono LLC, and Hi'ipaka LLC--not OHA--with complying with the court's order.  Now that it is final, the court's ruling informed the application of the UIPA to the subsidiary LLCs covered by the instant Records Request-Ho'okipaipai LLC, Hi'ikualono LLC, Hi'ipoi LLC, and Ho'opakeu LLC….
This implies that Hussey does not intend to appeal Judge Crabtree’s decision.  


Initially, neither OHA nor the LLCs responded to the May 20, 2019, request.  Likewise they did not respond to a letter from the Office of Information Practices (OIP), June 12, 2019.  But a second OIP letter to OHA and the LLCs went out June 25, 2019—just as Judge Crabtree was issuing his Final Order.   


OHA’s response comes just two days after the departure of former OHA CEO Kamana’o Crabbe. 


After spending tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to defend an absurd theory that OHA LLCs were not part of the state government and therefore not subject to UIPA, the LLCs demanded pre-payment of $911.08 to cover the alleged cost of producing a copy of the four LLCs check registers “within 30 days upon receipt of payment.”  Implying that the records request is not in the public interest, Hi’ilei Aloha COO Mona Bernardino adds, “…we're not able to waive the $60 (public interest) fee….” 


The check is in the mail -- but it should be noted that these charges can dissuade many requesters from exercising their rights under UIPA.    


Records of the three LLCs covered by Judge Crabtree’s Final Order are due July 25, 2019 at no charge.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

`OHANA LESSONS LEARNED ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"


"What My Grandfather Did - A Visit With Thomas Shirai"

Growing up Thomas Shirai learned many things from his grandfather, including the fact that his family had lived in Kawaiha Pai on O`ahu for centuries. So as a lineal descendant, Thomas became curious as to why the family home had vanished and the land is now a public park with an aviation air strip. After much research, he discovered in the end his grandfather held the key to unlocking the mysteries. Join us in our visit with Thomas as he speaks of his deep love for the life lessons learned from his grandfather that still have meaning and impact for him to this day - Watch It Here

MONDAY, July 8th At 6:30 PM Maui – Akaku, Channel 54

SUNDAY, July 7th At 2:00 PM & TUESDAY, July 9th At 10:30 AM - Hawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 53

MONDAY, July 8th At 8:00 AM & WEDNESDAY, July 10th At 1:00 PM Hawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 54
 
TUESDAY, July 9th At 7:30 PM, THURSDAY, July 11th At 7:30 PM & SATURDAY, July 13th At 5:30 PM Kaua`i - Ho`ike, Channel 52

SATURDAY, July 13th  At 5:30 PM O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53

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Saturday, July 06, 2019

FELLOW TRUSTEES TARGET OHA TRUSTEE KELI`I AKINA FOR SUPPORTING FORENSIC AUDIT


Still More OHA Beneficiaries & Other Star-Advertiser Readers Praise For Keli`i Akina -
 
"OHA trustee Keli‘i Akina, who dares to make this mess-of-a-public-agency more open to the scrutiny it so rightly deserves. The board says: “Trustees should speak with one voice!” What they really mean is: “Don’t air our dirty laundry!”."


"About time an audit Is done."


"In this fight, I think Akina is definitely in the right, and the OHA trustees are again embarrassing themselves by failing to understand that the public has right to openness and accountability guaranteed by law and by the State Constitution...."


"Vote 'da other bums out. You go Keali'i. We're with you."


"Why would you contest an audit if you did nothing wrong!!!?"

Friday, July 05, 2019

FELLOW TRUSTEES TARGET OHA TRUSTEE KELI`I AKINA FOR SUPPORTING FORENSIC AUDIT


More OHA Beneficiaries & Other Star-Advertiser Readers Praise For Keli`i Akina -
 
"The imbecilic trustees are using the public money provided by all taxpayers as if it is their own private money. Akina is right to expose the fraud."


"The objective of the majority OHA Trustees is to run out the clock to complete the LLC's Audit. They are attempting to cover up potential criminal actions of a number of OHA employees and the Trustees. We must all support Mr. Akina over the rest of the OHA Board to complete OHA's Audit of the LLC's and other financial issues. The State Attorney General must get involved, if not already."


"Akina is right: OHA has much to hide. It is a foul organization that has done all too little for Hawaiians and this community. Remember that this is a public, state agency using public tax dollars. They are not a private entity and in fact are not a non-profit like the Red Cross or Iolani."

"Here we go again! Instead of promoting transparency and reform, OHA stifles any criticism and promotes infighting and cronyism. Tired of all the petty maneuvering by the trustees among themselves instead of responding to the needs of kanaka maoli."

"How can we trust these people with millions and millions of dollars when they won't even allow themselves to be audited?"

Thursday, July 04, 2019

STILL WAITING
 

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

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"OHAʻS LLC RECORDS & EVIDENCE BEING DESTROYED??"

First, They Did Something Nobody Else Would Be Allowed To Do.

Then The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Claimed It isnʻt Theirs Anyway.

Then They Got Sued Because Of It & Lost.

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Monday, July 01, 2019

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

LEARNING FROM MY ELDERS ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"


"What My Grandfather Did - A Visit With Thomas Shirai"

Growing up Thomas Shirai learned many things from his grandfather, including the fact that his family had lived in Kawaiha Pai on O`ahu for centuries. So as a lineal descendant, Thomas became curious as to why the family home had vanished and the land is now a public park with an aviation air strip. After much research, he discovered in the end his grandfather held the key to unlocking the mysteries. Join us in our visit with Thomas as he speaks of his deep love for the life lessons learned from his grandfather that still have meaning and impact for him to this day - Watch It Here

MONDAY, July 1st At 6:30 PM Maui – Akaku, Channel 54

WEDNESDAY, July 3rd At 7:00 PM & FRIDAY, July 5th At 7:00 AM - Hawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 53

THURSDAY, July 4th At 10:00 AM & SATURDAY, July 6th At 4:00 PM Hawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 54
 
TUESDAY, July 2nd At 7:30 PM, THURSDAY, July 4th At 7:30 PM & SATURDAY, July 6th At 5:30 PM Kaua`i - Ho`ike, Channel 52

FRIDAY, July 5th At 8:00 PM & SATURDAY, July 6th  At 5:30 PM O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53

Now you can become a fan of Voices Of Truth on Facebook by clicking Here and see behind the scenes photos of our shows and a whole lot more.  

Voices Of Truth interviews those creating a better future for Hawai`i to discover what made them go from armchair observers to active participants. We hope you'll be inspired to do the same.
 
Voices Of Truth now airs on local access stations in over 90 cities across the US and throughout the world. Check your local listings.

For news and issues that affect you, watch Free Hawai`i TV, a part of the Free Hawai`i Broadcasting Network.
 
Please share our Free Hawai`i Broadcasting Network videos with friends and colleagues. That's how we grow. Mahalo.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

KE AUPUNI UPDATE - JUNE 2019
With Catherine Jane Fisher and Rob Kajiwara


8y Leon Siu -  Hawaiian National
Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawai`i, the Hawaiian Kingdom.  

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono.

• Back At The UN In Geneva
Over the years at the UN, we have developed friendships and mutual support among many peoples and nations (Alaska, Kashmir, Western Sahara, West Papua, etc.) working to free themselves from captive situations. Working together gives us some real advantages as we help to bolster each other’s efforts.

I’m back at the UN in Geneva attending the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council. With me are two representatives of the Okinawa independence movement whom we assisted in getting accredited and oriented to attend the UN meeting.

The leader is Robert Kajiwara, who is actually a Hawaiian Kingdom subject of Okinawan descent. Rob is an envoy sent by our Hawaiian Kingdom Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Okinawa to hook up with their independence movement.

Okinawa is in a situation very similar to the Hawaiian Islands… invaded and illegally “annexed” by a foreign power; in their case, Japan. Then, after everyone else had been liberated, consigned by UN action to remain in the hands of their captors who turned their paradise into an armed fortress.

Rob read a 2-minute intervention (statement) at the HRC on Tuesday calling for a draw-down of military installations and self-determination for Okinawa. It created a huge sensation in Japan! It was the number one news item in all of Japan’s media.

Today, a joint Hawai`i and Okinawa briefing was held for the UN press corps. These are usually 30-minute affairs. Ours lasted for over 90 minutes! The press asked about the subjugation of our islands by the U.S.; the TMT on Mauna Kea; what we thought of the nuclear threat to our people… I told them about the arbitrary detention of Bradley Pai, Robert Warren and Alfred Spinney as being politically motivated … and the systemic discrimination against Hawaiian subjects by the State of Hawai`i and agents of the United States. They were taken aback… This is going on in Hawai`i?

The world is waking up and beginning to listen.

Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
———

The Campaign to Free Hawai`i is funded by people like YOU…

We cannot do this crucial work without your help… your kokua.

It takes funding to make these important accomplishments happen and we deeply appreciate all financial contributions, large or small.

Any amount you contribute will make a huge impact on our ability to continue this work (and can be tax-deductible if needed).

We have much to accomplish in 2019 and your contributions toward that are very important and needed.

Your KŌKUA is greatly appreciated!
To contribute, go to - GoFundMe.com/FreeHawaii


---------
 Malama pono,
Leon Siu 


Friday, June 28, 2019

FELLOW TRUSTEES TARGET OHA TRUSTEE KELI`I AKINA FOR SUPPORTING FORENSIC AUDIT




























Hereʻs What Just A Few OHA Beneficiaries & Other Star-Advertiser Readers Have To Say -
 
"Bravo to trustee Akina. His voice is badly needed and much appreciated ... except by fellow OHA trustees."


"I voted for him.......I hope he continues fighting the good fight....Imua"


"It would be nice if more Akinas were on the board."

"Akina has bravely stood up to the thugs and thieves. The Entire community owes him our thanks and appreciation."

"Transparency, transparency, transparency !!! It's about time a trustee stepped forward and took the initiative to let us, the public, know what's happening. OHA has been acting like its conceiver, the state legislature, in the way they do business...BEHIND CLOSED DOORS !!"

"Akina is the most honest trustee of them all. The others have something to hide by not wanting completion of the audit."

"OHA is a state agency. Is there such a thing as "code of conduct policy" for any state agency? There should always be check and balances especially when tax payers money are used. Every board member should have the right to speak out to avoid the level of transparency and accountability that is required by any state agency. Do they (the rest of the OHA board) have something to hide? Go for it Akina and weed out the crooked members."

Thursday, June 27, 2019

UH-OH - JUDGE ORDERS OHA LLCʻS TO HAND OVER CHECK REGISTERS
































By Andrew Walden - Hawai`i Free Press - June 26, 2019

In a June 25, 2019, “Finding of Fact and Conclusions of Law and Order Regarding Both”, Oahu First Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey Crabtree has ruled that Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) owned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs are subject to Hawai`i’s open records law known as UIPA and must within 30 days hand over "their check registers and income and expense statements."

Confirming an earlier March 29, 2019, ‘Minute Order,’ Judge Crabtree holds that the Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) are “agencies … owned, operated, and managed by OHA, a state entity….  (T)he requested documents are not exempt from disclosure….”

How much more beneficiary money will OHA insiders waste in this futile effort to keep their own secrets?

Judge Crabtree rules, “The Court will award (attorneys representing Applicant Walden) reasonable attorney fees and costs….”  He also points out, “If the Court had imposed the relief requested by (OHA’s LLCs), it is virtually certain we would be back in the same place within months-- the only difference being more attorneys' fees incurred by all, and more time spent by all with no demonstrable benefit.”

Represented by Honolulu attorney Michael Lilly, Hawai`i Free Press editor Andrew Walden, August 28, 2018, applied to the court for an order directing three of OHA’s seven LLCs to release their check registers.   

The LLCs were represented in court by Honolulu attorney Anna Elento-Sneed.  Sneed’s ES&A law firm has pulled down over $140K in legal fees from OHA starting soon after ES&A’s 2015 foundation.  Among her first acts—negotiating OHA CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe’s controversial employment contract signed in August, 2016, with then-Trustees Chair Robert Lindsey.  That factoid came out in a long rant by Crabbe recorded in minutes of the OHA BOT January 7, 2017 (p12).

Sneed’s legal strategy featured a 403 page ‘supplemental memo’ and unsuccessful attempts to force the recusal of Judge Crabtree and to block the filing of friend-of-the-court briefs by the Civil Beat Law Center and the Tax Foundation of Hawai`i.

The litigation may have helped Sneed’s bottom line but it didn’t do much to advance her case.

OHA has poured over $34M into its seven LLCs—contradicting attorney Kimberly Greeley, then “represent(ing) Hi`ilei Aloha, LLC, Ho’okele Pono, LLC, and Hi`ipaka LLC” who, in January, 2017, falsely claimed “the State … does not provide any funding for the Companies.”

To find out where the money went, Hawai`i Free Press, in November, 2016, filed a separate open records request for the entire check register for three of the LLCs.  After two months of stalling, the LLCs then-attorney Greeley wrote back claiming  that the LLCs were private organizations and they—and their assets such as Waimea Valley--were no longer property of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Since that shocking response from Greely, The LLC check registers have been sought by attorneys for Abigail Kawananakoa, by OHA Trustees, and by an auditing firm hired by OHA to look at the LLCs.  None of them have yet succeeded in making the records public.  Greeley did not represent the LLCs in court.

Sneed has 30 day to appeal.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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"WHAT ARE THE OHA TRUSTEES TRYING TO COVER UP NOW?"

Thereʻs A Serious Cover Up Happening At OHA.

But In Order For It To Work, Theyʻre Trying To Pull A Fast One.

Theyʻre Blaming Someone Else So You Donʻt Blame Them.

Watch This To See Who Theyʻre Trying To Blame & Why Their Trick Will Fail.


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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

AMSTERDAM FIGHTS BACK AGAINST MASS TOURISM

Can Hawai`i Do The Same?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 CNN - May 23, 2019

Famous for its tolerance as much as its narrow houses and broad canals, Amsterdam is undergoing a radical change of attitude when it comes to the millions of tourists that flock to see it each year. 
 
Tolerance, it seems, has reached its limits in the Dutch capital, which is now actively urging visitors to head elsewhere as frustrated locals complain of feeling besieged by visitors using the city's bicycle-thronged streets as a travel playground.
 
"The pressure is very high," says Ellen van Loon, a partner at Dutch architectural firm OMA who is involved in adapting the city for the future. "We don't want to turn into a Venice. The problem we are currently facing is that Amsterdam is so loved by tourists, we just have so many coming to the city."
 
While Van Loon acknowledges the positive aspects of tourism, which earns the Dutch economy around 82 billion euros ($91.5 billion) a year, like many locals she's worried that soaring visitor numbers are destroying the soul of this vibrant cosmopolitan city.
 
Like Venice and other destinations across Europe, Amsterdam has become a byword for overtourism -- a phenomenon closely linked to the rise in cheaper air travel that has seen visitors flood certain places, often spoiling the very spot they came to enjoy.
While some cities are still formulating ways to cope, Amsterdam -- where a decade-long surge in visitor numbers is forecast to continue, rising from 18 million in 2018 to 42 million in 2030, or more than 50 times the current population -- has simply decided it's had enough. 
 
Netherlands tourist officials recently took the bold decision to stop advertising the country as a tourist destination. Their "Perspective 2030″ report, published earlier this year, stated that the focus will now be on "destination management" rather than "destination promotion."
 
The document also outlines the country's future strategy, acknowledging that Amsterdam's livability will be severely impacted by "visitor overload" if action isn't taken.
 
Solutions listed include working to dissuade groups of "nuisance" visitors by either limiting or completely shutting down "accommodation and entertainment products" aimed at them, as well as spreading visitors to other parts of the Netherlands....

Sunday, June 23, 2019

THEY STAND FOR A KINGDOM ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"


"Ku`e Petition Continues - A Visit With Clare Apana & Joyclynn Costa"

When the Ku`e petitions traveled throughout the Hawaiian Islands in the late 1800ʻs, the vast majority of Hawaiians who signed their names left a very clear message - they did not want Hawai`i to be annexed to the US. Today, Clare Apana and Joyclynn Costa are taking those same petitions around Hawai`i again so present day Hawaiians, many of whom are direct descendants of the original signers, can also add their own names and let the world know that they too stand for the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Donʻt miss our visit with Clare and Joyclynn on the royal grounds of Mauna Ala as they describe their amazing journey with the Ku`e petitions in their quest for a Free Hawai`i - Watch It Here

MONDAY, JUNE 24th At 6:30 PM Maui – Akaku, Channel 54

SUNDAY, June 23rd At 2:00 PM & TUESDAY, June 25th At 9:30 AM - Hawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 53

MONDAY, June 24h At 8:00 AM & WEDNESDAY, June 26th At 1:30 PM Hawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 54
 
TUESDAY, June 25th At 7:30 PM, THURSDAY, June 27th At 7:30 PM & SATURDAY, June 29th At 5:30 PM Kaua`i - Ho`ike, Channel 52

SATURDAY, June 29th  At 5:30 PM O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53

Now you can become a fan of Voices Of Truth on Facebook by clicking Here and see behind the scenes photos of our shows and a whole lot more.  

Voices Of Truth interviews those creating a better future for Hawai`i to discover what made them go from armchair observers to active participants. We hope you'll be inspired to do the same.
 
Voices Of Truth now airs on local access stations in over 90 cities across the US and throughout the world. Check your local listings.

For news and issues that affect you, watch Free Hawai`i TV, a part of the Free Hawai`i Broadcasting Network.
 
Please share our Free Hawai`i Broadcasting Network videos with friends and colleagues. That's how we grow. Mahalo.