Tuesday, July 26, 2016

KELI`I AKINA - CANDIDATE FOR OHA TRUSTEE AT LARGE Q&A WITH  CIVIL BEAT

 Honolulu Civil Beat - July 6, 2016


1. This year has seen an outsized influence from people who want big changes in how government is run. What would you do to change how OHA is run?

OHA trustees are state employees who receive salaries and benefits from the tax-paying citizens of Hawaii. Therefore, OHA must be held accountable to all the people, rather than represent the interests of merely a few.


If elected trustee, here are two ways I will attempt to change how OHA is run: First, I will work to stop OHA from continuing to waste tens of millions of dollars on creating a divisive, race-based sovereign nation. Instead, I will insist that those funds be spent on meeting real needs of Hawaiians, such as solving the problem of homelessness, and providing for education, housing, job opportunity and health care.  Secondly, I will work for term limits so that the same trustees do not remain in office for decades, continuing to pursue failed policies.


In the answers below I mention other specific changes, but one of the most important is to change OHA’s impact upon our state. Instead of dividing the people of Hawaii, OHA needs to unite all people. That’s the Hawaiian way, which recognizes that we are all boats in the same harbor. To raise the water level of one boat, we must raise the water level of all boats.


2. Hawaii has long been dominated by the Democratic Party establishment. Should this change, and if so, how?


No state should be dominated by only one party, whether Democrat or Republican. Instead, there should be a balance so that the parties can keep an eye on each other as they look out for the good of the people.  Leadership in OHA should not be controlled by any party, but should focus on uniting Hawaii’s people to E Hana Kākou – Let’s Work Together! – for a better economy, government and society. Let’s turn OHA into an agency where we can put aside differences and party politics to focus on the real solutions to Hawaii`s problems. Just as Prince Kuhio was a Republican and Daniel Inouye was a Democrat, we need the best that every party has to offer to build upon Hawaii’s rich heritage and create the future our keiki deserve.


3. Would you support eliminating Hawaii’s high fees for access to public records when the request is in the public interest?


Reducing fees charged for records access will not, by itself, solve the problem of agencies that hide information from the public.  It is a shame that members of the public and media have had to pursue, challenge and even take OHA to court to get information that rightfully belongs to the public. Even individual OHA trustees have been denied information they need to represent the people. This has created a situation where some employees of OHA and trustees are forced to leak information to the media.  Information access is essential for a democratic society and holding our government agencies accountable. OHA needs to comply with all transparency and sunshine laws. If elected trustee, I will work to ensure that OHA creates a new culture of openness, accountability and access to public scrutiny.   


4. Voters complain their elected officials don’t listen to them. What would you do to improve communication?


In the case of OHA, I would insist that the organization seek out and hear voices of the majority of Hawaiians rather than the few who support OHA’s political agenda. For example, when the Department of Interior held statewide public hearings on whether Hawaiians should be turned into a federal Indian tribe, the overwhelming majority of Native Hawaiians who showed up to testify opposed the proposal. But, defiantly, the trustees ignored these voices and promoted federal tribal recognition.


Additionally, when the overwhelming majority of Native Hawaiians refused to register for the Kana’iolowalu list (Native Hawaiian Roll), the trustees allowed the Roll Commission to dump names onto the list without individuals’ consent and then proceeded to spend millions of dollars to pursue the Na’i Aupuni election and ‘Aha. These actions and many others show that OHA’s leadership does not listen to its public.


Yet, communication is also two-way, and OHA’s trustees have been less than transparent in informing the public of what it is doing. The number of decisions made in closed executive session is inordinately high, and crucial documents, such as a critical audit by a major accounting firm, are withheld from the public. Open communication must improve! 


5. What do you see as the most pressing issue facing your district? What will you do about it?


The most pressing issue facing OHA is its loss of credibility amongst Native Hawaiians and the general public. At the heart of this is the failure of OHA to maximally serve the needs of beneficiaries. Despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that OHA manages, along with the 13th-largest land portfolio in Hawaii, relatively little is being spent effectively on solving the problems of Native Hawaiians.


While establishment trustees claim they need more money, the problem is not a lack of money, but the inefficient and unaccountable way it is spent. A recent state audit pointed to the lack of competence of the trustees in making investment decisions. This has been seen in financial boondoggles which have wasted and lost millions of public dollars such as the Gentry office building deal, the Kakaako 31-acre land transaction, and the loss of OHA rental revenues from the potential shuttering of the Thirty Meter Telescope. As a trustee, I will work with those trustees who seek to reform OHA’s investment, budgeting and spending practices. I will fight for a comprehensive management and financial audit of OHA and then champion reforms that must be made to serve the people of Hawaii.


6. Is OHA fulfilling its mandate to serve the Hawaiian people?


Since OHA`s start in 1978, the number of families on the Hawaiian Homestead waiting list has soared and countless applicants have died while waiting for a home. By OHA’s own reports to the legislature, Native Hawaiians are still disproportionately represented amongst the homeless, incarcerated and physically diseased populations. Whether these statistics are accurate or a ruse to petition for more funding, OHA cannot claim widespread accomplishment of its mandate to improve the conditions of Hawaiians.


According to the state auditor: “Ineffectual oversight bars OHA from ensuring grants achieve intended results …” Additionally, tens of millions of dollars have been wasted on political agendas such as the push for federal tribal recognition. The solution is to stop wasting trust money on politics and, instead, to spend it on solving homelessness and meeting the real needs of Hawaiians for housing, health care, jobs, and education. OHA does not lack the resources to help the Hawaiian people. Rather, it needs to manage them in an accountable and non-political way. If elected trustee, I will work hard to reform OHA so that it fulfills its mandate.


7. What are your views regarding Hawaiian independence?


I stand with those trustees who oppose the nation-building efforts by OHA that are dividing Hawaiians from non-Hawaiians and Hawaiians from each other. The true Hawaiian value has always been to include all people regardless of race. As the 1840 Hawaiian Constitution states,  “God hath made of one koko (blood) all nations of men to dwell on the earth, in unity and blessedness.” If we as citizens continue to elect OHA trustees who pursue a separatist, race-based nation, we will irreparably damage the Aloha Spirit.


The future of the Hawaiian people is inextricably bound up with the futures of all people in these islands we call home. Additionally, as a government agency, OHA should not be attempting to create a sovereign nation. OHA’s efforts to do so are unconstitutional and have resulted in adverse rulings for the state in courts as high as the U.S. Supreme Court. By way of disclosure, I am a plaintiff in Akina vs. the State of Hawaii, which resulted in the U.S. Supreme Court injunction that halted the race-based Na’i Aupuni election. If elected trustee, I will work hard so that OHA stops dividing Hawaii’s people and starts uniting them.


8. Are you satisfied with the way OHA has negotiated with the state over ceded-land revenues?


OHA has embraced a shortsighted view of ceded-lands revenues evident in the following examples. First, in the most significant negotiation with the state, OHA settled for 31 acres of Kakaako waterfront property based upon the pipe dream that it could later lobby for state approval to build 400-foot towers on the ocean-side of Ala Moana Boulevard.  The plan to build such towers, which would be twice the height of the current limit, was denied by the Legislature and left OHA with a failed investment and a potential $100 million loss. Secondly, OHA, in its pursuit of sovereign nationhood, is potentially jeopardizing the basis of the ceded-lands entitlements, which is the Hawaiian Statehood Act.


The reality is that American statehood is the legal guarantee of ceded-lands benefits for native Hawaiians. While all citizens in Hawaii may not agree with the privileged position Native Hawaiians have with such a government entitlement, OHA’s actions to segregate Native Hawaiians into a separate, sovereign nation are counter-productive and may jeopardize Hawaiians’ ceded-lands benefits. If elected trustee, I will also work hard to ensure that a full audit and review of practices related to the ceded-lands is conducted.


9. Why do you think Hawaiians are disproportionately represented in our prisons and jails? What can be done about it?


OHA has painted a picture of Hawaiians as victimized by current non-Hawaiian institutions. This has contributed to racial profiling in which Hawaiians are falsely seen as worse criminals than other racial groups. In the flawed research cited by OHA, any criminal with one drop of Hawaiian blood is counted as Hawaiian, which badly skews the statistics. Criminals who have other races in their heritage should be counted as part of those races, not only as being Hawaiian. Furthermore, the average age of Hawaiians is relatively lower than the average age of the general population of other races. That difference is extremely important. Young people commit more crimes than older people, and with much worse violence.


So, if Hawaiians are incarcerated more often, and for longer sentences, than other races, it’s not because Hawaiians are worse people and not because Hawaiians are being discriminated against. I have had the privilege to speak to thousands of Hawaiian youths, especially when I was a youth minister on the Waianae Coast, and the message I have always given them is:  “You are not a victim, so don`t act like one. Remember our Hawaiian values – aloha, respect, caring, achievement. That way you won`t go wrong.” 


10. Do you support the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope atop Mauna Kea?


The ancient Hawaiians were brilliant students of nature and saw no conflict between the sacred and the scientific. That`s why Nainoa Thompson and other Hokule’a navigators studied the stars in the Bishop Museum Planetarium as part of their sacred training. Along with the majority of Native Hawaiians and all people of Hawaii, I see the TMT as an incredible opportunity to expand our scientific knowledge and build our economy in a way consistent with the Hawaiian value of discovery.


Tragically, OHA has failed to provide the leadership needed to bring Hawaii`s people together over this issue and has, instead, let its own greed stand in the way of truly serving the people of Hawaii. Originally, OHA approved the TMT only later to withdraw its approval in a bid to get the telescope administrators to pay higher rent to OHA! Not only is this dishonest, it has contributed to the potential loss of the telescope along with the loss of millions of dollars in scholarships, jobs and economic development for Hawaiians. If elected trustee, I will work hard to ensure that our keiki thrive in a world where Hawaiian values and scientific progress go hand in hand.



Monday, July 25, 2016

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

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"At The Crossroads - A Visit With Choon James"

O`ahuʻs North Shore is one of the most beautiful areas in all Hawai`i, yet few other places have been more in jeopardy of commercial development. And thatʻs where we met Choon James who works tirelessly to, as she says, "keep the country, country." Choon should know - she grew up in the concrete jungle called Singapore, but even more amazing today sheʻs a real estate agent in Hawai`i. Filmed on location at beautiful Kahana Bay, youʻll see why this one-woman dynamo is so devoted to preserving the North Shoreʻs scenic beauty - Watch It Here

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

AKINA & TRASK - STOP OHAʻS FED WRECK & WASTING MILLIONS

Spend Hawaiian Beneficiary Dollars On Hawaiians



Friday, July 22, 2016

WHO DID ROBERT LINDSEY SUPPORT FOR OHA IN 2014?


























"I’m voting for Mililani Trask and am asking my `ohana, friends & constituents to do the same because her legal background and previous experience as an OHA Trustee are needed on the OHA Board today. By working together we can make Hawai`i a better place for all. Mahalo!"  - Robert "Bob" Lindsey

Thursday, July 21, 2016

KEALI`I MAKEKAU - CANDIDATE FOR OHA TRUSTEE AT LARGE Q&A WITH  CIVIL BEAT

 Honolulu Civil Beat - July 6, 2016

1. This year has seen an outsized influence from people who want big changes in how government is run. What would you do to change how OHA is run?

First a complete, independent fiscal forensic audit of all holdings and resources followed by a review of the Board of Trustees policy handbook and master plan by a committee of the whole. Lastly term limits for each seat implemented.

2. Hawaii has long been dominated by the Democratic Party establishment. Should this change, and if so, how?

Yes. Hawaii’s people need to stay in touch with government and who they vote to represent them. But people need to vote in order to do that.

3. Would you support eliminating Hawaii’s high fees for access to public records when the request is in the public interest?

For public interest the fee should be reduced dramatically, say 80 percent for all peoples.

4. Voters complain their elected officials don’t listen to them. What would you do to improve communication?

Again trustee term limits for starters, then a greater respect and obedience for the sunshine law and how it’s administered. The more transparent you are the more informed are the people who will then be satisfied and up to date with ones actions.

5. What do you see as the most pressing issue facing your district? What will you do about it?

Ending the Native Hawaiian governing entity process and all funded programs related to the nation building effort, which has since 2000 cost $33 million with no result.

6. Is OHA fulfilling its mandate to serve the Hawaiian people?

No! Since 2000 the strategic plan has been centered on the formation of a government entity or tribe similar to Native Americans at a failed cost of $33 million plus. But sadly the majority of the Board of Trustees has let economic opportunities like a medical marijuana dispensary and the development of the Kakaako Makai properties remain sidelined without a master plan either due to incompetence or instructions that the new tribal entity will have the first shot at that and more.

Lastly the long‐term sustainability of Native Hawaiian assets that provide for all of OHA’s efforts, like education, land management, fiscal resilience, economic sustainability and youth awareness must be managed and maintained properly, and as we have seen in the recent years that has not been the case as the trust is almost insolvent.

7. What are your views regarding Hawaiian independence?

Due to admitted acts of insurgency, rebellion and the overthrow of the constitutional monarchy of the Kingdom of Hawaii, the de jure nation is under a continued impairment and is properly considered as an irregular state. It is, therefore, within the “perfect right” of the Hawaiian people to commence and complete sovereignty reinstatement procedures. The reinstatement process has never been brought up, examined or afforded resources via symposiums, academic debate and community dialogue. Until such time as that happens, justice and complete respect to the law and sprit of our ancestors will not be realized.

8. Are you satisfied with the way OHA has negotiated with the state over ceded-land revenues?

Hell no! The ceded land settlement for Kakaako Makai property proved to be an undervalued and mishandled negotiation from the start. Not securing the submerged lands’ water rights and inheriting the landfill contamination has hampered the overall best use and value of the entire site. Fortunately commercial zoning is already in place and with experienced management and remediation work, the potential for a small commercial city offering employment opportunities for businesses both local and mainland can be realized. This would show Kakaako’s fullest potential and yield income for the trust, which funds all of OHA’s programs.

9. Why do you think Hawaiians are disproportionately represented in our prisons and jails? What can be done about it?

For some Hawaiians the Western model of living doesn’t work or relate to the value system needed to thrive in today’s world. Hawaiian charter schools have shown amazing results, thus yielding a percentage of positive results all around. Funding for programs like this and traditional rehab for inmates will help to reduce the dismal numbers and restore a vibrant community and ohana.

10. Do you support the construction of the TMT telescope atop Mauna Kea?

Until such time as the first and obsolete telescopes are decommissioned/dismantled and the overall cost for building and using it are proposed and realized with an environmental impact statement along with cultural practices and access, no.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

KELI`I AKINA & MILILANI TRASK TEAM UP TO REFORM OHA
 

Urge All Hawai`i Voters to Cast OHA Ballots 


Dr. Keli`i Akina and attorney Mililani Trask appeared together on Monday`s episode of E Hana Kakou, a weekly television program on the ThinkTech Hawai`i Broadcast Network. 

Their purpose was to communicate that they are working together to reform the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. 

Akina is President/CEO of the Grassroot Institute and a candidate for OHA Trustee-at-Large. Trask is an advocate for the native Hawaiian people and a candidate for the Hawai`i Island OHA Trustee seat.
 

The thirty-minute television show may be viewed at http://youtube.com/watch?v=pE-FtsVmN6s

Akina opened the discussion, stating, “We are working together. We're going to tell you why we're working together because what's at stake is far beyond anyone's political agenda.”

Trask stated, “The issues that are decided at OHA are issues that are going to impact the entire state. Every critical issue of the islands involves Hawaiians.”

The wide-ranging discussion took critical aim at OHA`s policies on homelessness, Kaka`ako development, Hawaiian Homelands, Federal Recognition, and more. Akina and Trask agreed that It`s time for new leadership at OHA.

Akina said, “[There`s] all this money that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has - half a billion dollars - and it's not being used [adequately] to help the homeless with housing or provide jobs or education or to provide health care.”

Trask agreed and added: “We know that in the past 20 years about 33 million dollars has been spent on the OHA plan for federal recognition.”

Akina continued, “And one of the things that has brought you (i.e., Trask) and me together is the fact that we are both adamantly opposed to fraud waste and abuse in government...."

Trask: “I'm glad you point out that we do have many things in common. Why are we working together? One of the strong things we share is a commitment to accountability in government and transparent government.”  


Akina - “We need new leadership at OHA. We need to bring about reform at OHA. Because everybody understands that something is not going right. In a lot of ways OHA evades scrutiny and somehow comes underneath the radar.”

Trask on Federal Recognition of native Hawaiians - “OHA wants to retain wardship - have the state provide it with the revenue, but they are not willing to work with their own people to provide critical needs like housing and poverty alleviation. We have to stop making the goal of self-governance be the opportunity to suck at the state and federal teet.”

Akina - “The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, in its collusion with the Department of interior and groups like Na`i Aupuni, is not really about advancing native Hawaiians.”

In conclusion, both Akina and Trask urged all voters, whether ethnically Hawaiian or not, to vote for OHA Trustees in the upcoming election.

Trask - “Hawai`i is just too small and the need is just too great to have people believe they can't get involved just because of an ethnic difference.... Unless we get the support of the non-Hawaiian voters, we are just not going to be able to clean up the situation at OHA... We need the other voters to join us to help clean it up”.


Monday, July 18, 2016

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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"At The Crossroads - A Visit With Choon James"

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

































Robert Lindseyʻs disappearance at OHA started long before his stroke.

Over the last six months prior to his stroke, Bob Lindsey had not responded at all to the following important issues needing attention - charter school funding, the Mauna Kea contested case and the OHA Mauna Kea Ad Hoc committee.

Created months before his stroke, the OHA Mauna Kea Ad Hoc committee has never set a single agenda, or has ever had a single meeting with Hawai`i Island Protectors or even attempted to be in communication with them in any way.

Prior to Robert Lindseyʻs stroke, Hawai`i Island residents who are directly affected by these important issues were unable to get any response from trustee Lindsey or any of his staff.

Since his stroke, two other OHA trustees have requested trustee Lindsey to at least call in for meetings, but he has not been able to because of "his health & the stroke.”

More than a few people are beginning to contrast trustee Lindseyʻs situation and behavior with Mark Takai who was honest enough to let voters know his real physical condition and to step out admitting he could no longer do the job of an elected official.

Instead, Robert Lindsey keeps setting "target dates" to return to work. The target dates come and go while trustee Lindsey is nowhere to be found and not getting the job done.

- Mililani Trask


Friday, July 15, 2016

300 ALMOST KICKED OUT OF TRIBE UNDER FED WRECK

The Bellingham Herald - July 5, 2016

Attorneys representing roughly 300 people who face disenrollment from the Nooksack Indian Tribe received a major victory as the tribe’s court of appeals ordered jail time for a court clerk if she does not file their paperwork.

Nooksack Tribal Court Clerk Betty Leathers has until Wednesday, July 6, to return paperwork that was filed by attorneys Gabriel Galanda, Anthony Broadman, and Ryan Dreveskracht to a file that was created in March.

Otherwise, the three-judge panel on the Nooksack Tribal Court of Appeals has ordered the Nooksack police chief to arrest and hold her in jail in contempt of court until she does so.

The June 28, order came after the appeals court already had warned Leathers she could face jail time if she did not give them an explanation or file the paperwork from the three attorneys and others in the Galanda Broadman firm, which has been representing roughly 300 members who could be removed from the Nooksack tribe’s membership rolls.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

KE AUPUNI UPDATE

Updates On The Restoration Of Ke Aupuni O Hawai`i, The Hawaiian Kingdom

Things have been getting really intense past few months, weeks and days. We are seeing remarkable developments in the movement to Free Hawaii. The independence momentum continues to build every day. Imua! 

I started this newsletter several times over the past few months, but things kept on getting busier and new developments kept happening… so this is kinda long. I’ll post some more in-depth stuff to HawaiianKingdom.net

Fed Wreck…the saga continues…
The Na’i Aupuni Debacle – The obsession over federal recognition has gotten more desperate and more bizarre, leading to fraud on fraud on fraud. Under heavy criticism and dissension over the highly flawed document produced at its Aha ("constitutional convention”) in February, Na’i Aupuni wrapped up its work, closed shop, dissolved itself and left the responsibility for “ratification" of the so-called “constitution" to those "delegates” who ramrodded the Aha. With no power to delegate such responsibility, Na’i Aupuni chose this clique to develop and organize a ratification process to adopt (or reject?) the highly flawed “constitution” to create the governing framework for a Native Hawaiian nation.

So, a group of sorta-appointed, non-elected delegates from a kangaroo convention, intend to use a fraudulent list of voters to conduct a vote to ratify a "constitution” seeking to create an illegal governing entity to be recognized by the US federal government agency as a Native American tribal nation.

The Fed-Wreck Scheme
As you know, “federal recognition” (a.k.a. fed wreck) of a Native Hawaiian tribal nation is the scheme the US government and the State of Hawaii came up with to avoid having to return the Hawaiian Kingdom to its proper status as an independent country. Having failed for 12 years to get Congress to “recognize” a Native Hawaiian tribal government, fed wreck proponents have been trying to get the Department of the Interior to do the dirty deed. In public hearings two years ago the people of Hawaii trounced the “fed-wreck” scheme. The people resoundingly said, "Hawaii is being illegally occupied and we want our country back!"

In spite of the people’s ardent opposition and protest, the state agency, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, has spent millions of dollars to try to fabricate a fake “Native Hawaiian” tribal political entity…money that should have gone to beneficiary programs for health, education, housing, etc.

Fed-Wreck Hawaiians Go to Lobby DOI in DC
The week of May 13 to 21, a delegation from the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homes Assembly (SCHHA) (headed by Robin Danner) and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) (founded by Robin Danner) and other fed wreck proponents were in Washington DC to do 'full-court-press' lobbying at the Department of the Interior (DOI) and other US offices and agencies to push for "federal recognition" of a Native Hawaiian tribal nation.

We, the Loyal Opposition
To counter this, I went to DC to talk with those who can help us put measures in place to prevent the DOI from making such a move. Basically, the stage is set for congressional action, lawsuits and political pressure to deter any DOI or other administrative initiative for fed wreck. The discussion on counter measures was supported from home by a barrage of protests and warnings from hundreds of koa Aloha Aina to key people in Washington.

What “nation" are they talking about?
Those lobbying in DC for fed wreck are calling for the DOI to recognize one of two entities as the Hawaiian tribal nation.
The first candidate would be the governing entity that would be created by the implementation of the highly flawed Na’i Aupuni Aha “constitution” adopted in February under highly irregular (possibly illegal) circumstances.
The second candidate would be the SCHHA (Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly) a group of community associations from Hawaiian Homestead Lands. The claim is, because these associations are the product of the 1920 Hawaiian Homes Commission Act passed by the U.S. Congress they are already somewhat “federally recognized."
Far fetched? It would seem so. But with the US’ record of monumental injustice toward Hawaii, and with this administration in particular, they could plow ahead with creating a tribal nation where none previously existed.

So even though there are counter-measures in place, we have to be alert and ready to continue to block fed-wreck and, more importantly, assert the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign independent nation.

The US East Coast…May 2016
In May, prior to going to Washington, DC. I was in New York City to organize two Decolonization Alliance panel presentations reporting on the amazing progress being made for freedom in Rapa Nui, West Papua, Puerto Rico, Alaska, First Nations of Turtle Island and Hawaii. These dialogues were well attended and provided news of positive developments and strong encouragement for pressing on with our endeavors to free our countries.

We had some very productive meetings with key UN leaders regarding the Hawaii situation. Not only is awareness growing, but we are receiving helpful guidance on how to navigate the waters of the international community.

In Washington, DC as mentioned above, we set up defenses against the DOI implementation of federal recognition. Also began to create an Aloha Aina cell group for future ku’e actions in the DC area.

I also visited Hokule’a while she was in the Washington, DC area, then returned home.

Back in NYC…early June 2016
A couple of weeks later, I was back on the East Coast…

The wa’a kaulua Hokule’a arrived in New York City on Sunday, June 5. Several of us from the ku’e movement (Liko Martin, Laulani Teale, Lynette Cruz, Lynda Saffrey, Clare Apana and I) were there to welcome our canoe on this leg of it’s worldwide voyage, Malama Honua. Fellow Hawaiian patriots living in NYC, Keoni Defranco, Kaina Quenga, Kris Kato, etc. played key roles in the protocols and ceremonies of Hokule’a’s visit. There were several events and festivities around the canoe’s visit, including the UN celebration of World Oceans Day on June 8 and the Liberty Challenge outrigger canoe races on June 11.

[NOTE: Malia and I (as Leon & Malia) have been involved with Hokule’a since 1975. We wrote a song for the maiden voyage to Tahiti in 1976, then in 1977, wrote the soundtrack for the award-winning National Geographic documentary, “The Voyage of the Hokule’a”. We were in New York to sing/perform not only to celebrate Hokule’a’s visit to NYC, but to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of its arrival in Papae’ete, Tahiti. Performing at the Liberty Challenge canoe races and for keiki at a pre-school in the Bronx were added bonuses.]

The Ku’e Continues…
In conjunction with these canoe events, there were a series of Ku’e capacity building meetings and events on the US East Coast. It was an amazing combination/joint effort with presentations by Aha Aloha Aina, a film screening at New York University, kanikapila and ku’e talk story, lecture by Keanu Sai, etc.

The combination of several agendas (Hokule’a, United Nations, Red Ribbons, Aha Aloha Aina, Koani/Free Hawaii, Ku’e Petition, Lynette, Keanu, East Coast activists) came together extremely well in presenting a message of purpose, enthusiasm and optimism in this movement for Hawaii’s independence. Everyone did their part well and gracefully supported one another.

This tour was important to connect with and activate core groups in New York and in Washington, DC who will be key to carrying Hawaii's story to the larger public. Kalama Niheu and I also used the time to meet with key officials to tell them that the fed wreck scheme is a terrible idea and that it is strongly opposed by the people. We also listened and learned a lot about what’s really going on.

Liko and Laulani's "Red Ribbons Tour” provided the perfect platform to engage people and let our cause be known without being strident or overtly political. The educational component of Aha Aloha Aina and the Ku’e Petition created a broader/deeper dimension for people to engage. It was kako'o and kakou.

On June 17, on the 119th anniversary of the day Queen Liliuokalani filed her protest (the “Red Ribbon” document) with the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., Liko and Laulani re-created that action by re-submitting the Queen's protest, along with a demand for a proper response from the U.S. After that, we had a press conference at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indians (where the exhibit "The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation" is on display), followed by a sing-along procession/stroll/march to the US Capitol and a picnic on the Capitol grounds.

It was a very special time of remembering, honoring and setting things in motion.

On to Geneva…late June 2016
From DC I proceeded on to Geneva where we had another productive time attending the 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Williamson Chang, Routh Bolomet and David Rees-Thomas joined me as part of the team representing Hawaii. Attached is a press release of violations we cited of recent serious human rights violations by the U.S. in Hawaii.

I participated in 5 panel events having to do with the right to self-determination. Williamson Chang spoke on two of those panels (unfortunately, he was here for only two days). Our events drew large audiences and stimulating exchanges. Routh Bolomet was on another panel sponsored by a South American organization. Her talk on ho’oponopono so impressed the sponsors, they invited her to come back to conduct ho’oponopono before the start of each HRC session!

Besides the panel events, there were opportunities for general schmoozing and informal yet positive meetings with diplomats from various countries. Among them were four ambassadors from Pacific Islands states whom we’ve been talking with the last three years in New York. Seeing our level of engagement in Geneva, helped them realize the significant progress we’ve made at the UN. They offered encouraging comments and positive suggestions on how they may assist in moving us forward.

During one of the main general meetings, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands made very strong statements supporting independence for West Papua…that elicited strong reaction from Indonesia. One of the main West Papua leaders (in exile in the Netherlands) was there with us and quite excited at what transpired. We’ve been working together for a number of years. He is also a founding member of our Decolonization Alliance in New York. I recently co-authored an article with a noted Turkish writer, suggesting how the UN could solve West Papua problem using existing policies and procedures…something that would also help in the de-occupation of Hawaii, Rapa Nui and others.

We’re also consulting with some prominent international lawyers intent on helping us with legal and political strategies to use with the UN and member states…starting with the Pacific Island nations…

Brexit!
The Brits' vote to exit from the European Union is remarkable! Less than two years ago British leaders were trying to convince the Scotts not to leave the UK. They warned Scotts of dire economic ruin that dis-unity would bring. Well, the Brits narrowly won that, but now their whole country voted to leave the EU!… giving real meaning to the terms, “irony” and "self-determination."

The move has triggered lots of speculation about the possibility of not only further break-up of the EU, but of Texas, Vermont, California, etc. seceding from the U.S. Suddenly, Hawaiian independence is not so inconceivable after all. In fact, given the current mood for de-centralization, anti-globalism, self-determination, Hawaii has arguably the best case for reinstating its independence as that would be simply “normalizing” our relationship with the US and the world.

There is a powerful force for freedom moving. Besides what’s going on with the "big boys” the situations in places like West Papua and Rapa Nui have changed so remarkably that freedom has come within reach.

Kokua
Here’s another irony: The more progress we make, the more we need to increase our efforts… the less resources we have to work with. Awe! The work increases, the funds shrink. How you figga? I don’t know what to do except to say, “Help!”
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Aloha ʻĀina
Mālama Pono,
Leon Siu