Sunday, March 29, 2015

HAWAIIAN WAYS BRING PLENTY OF PRAISE ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE”


"Back From The Brink - A Visit With Patti Isaacs" 

By the time Patti Isaacs started  Ho`omau Ke Ola, she had survived cancer not once, but twice. So naturally she wanted to help others survive too. Today Ho`omau Ke Ola is one of Hawai`iʻs most successful drug addiction treatment programs because of its weaving Hawaiian cultural spiritual values with western clinical treatment. Don't miss our amazing visit with Patti and youʻll discover why her focus is to heal the land and the people. And donʻt miss our surprise at the very end of the show! - Watch It Here

MONDAY, March 30th At 6:30 PM Maui – Akaku, Channel 53 
MONDAY, March 30th At 7:00 PM & FRIDAY, April 3rd At 5:30 PMHawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 53  
TUESDAY, March 31st At 7:30 PM, THURSDAY, April 2nd At 7:30 PM & SATURDAY, April 4th At 8:00 PM - Kaua`i - Ho`ike, Channel 52

Sneak Peek! -


"Surviving Without The Military - A Visit With Al Frenzel" 

What would happen to Hawai`i if the US military left? Could Hawai`iʻs economy survive even a limited military cut? Retired US Army colonel Al Frenzel says such a move would actually benefit both the US military and Hawai`i. Watch our fascinating interview with Al as he reveals the real reason for Hawai`iʻs oversized US military presence and why the current push for reduction is a once in a lifetime opportunity - Watch It Here

FRIDAY, April 3rd 8:00 PM & SATURDAY, April 4th  At 5:30 PM O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

CURIOUS ABOUT HOW HAWAI`I SUPPOSEDLY BECAME A US STATE ?

The United States acquired Hawai`i through force.

Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawai`i's last Queen, was deposed on Jan. 17, 1893, by a group of American businessmen supported by the United States Navy and Marine Corps and diplomatic representatives.

Sovereignty of Hawai`i was allegedly transferred to the US on Aug. 12, 1898 during ceremonies at `Iolani Palace in Honolulu, on the island of O`ahu.

Hawai`i allegedly became a US territory in 1900.

On Nov. 23, 1993, the United States apologized for illegally overthrowing the Kingdom of Hawai`i, and recognized the inherent sovereignty and right of self-determination of native islanders.

Needless to say, a lot of shady events took place between January 17,1893 and August 21, 1959.

Today, the US and itʻs puppet, the fake state of Hawai`i, is attempting to cover over itʻs illegal and immoral acts by offering to make native Hawaiians American Indians and place them on reservations.

Needless to say Hawaiian sovereignty is a hot issue in the islands to this day and likely will be for as long as the United States illegal occupation of Hawai`i continues.

Hawaiian Kingdom Nationals Were Told They Were Adopted - But Instead Found Out They'd Been Kidnapped.


Friday, March 27, 2015

KE AUPUNI REPORT - FLAG RESOLUTION TO BE HEARD

Mahalo nui!  

Because of your phone calls and emails to Senator Dela Cruz, a hearing has been scheduled for SCR 39 and SR 14: REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO ORDER THE EXCLUSIVE DISPLAY OF THE FLAG OF HAWAII OVER STATE BUILDINGS ON JANUARY 17 OF EACH YEAR

Here’s an opportunity to lobby State Legislators to do something positive for a change — to initiate a gesture that would annually memorialize the Hawaiian people’s real ‘day of infamy' January 17, 1893.

SCR 39 and SR 14 will be heard by the Committee on Government Operations (Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair and Senator Clarence K. Nishihara, Vice Chair)

DATE -
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
 

TIME -
1:30 P.M.
 

PLACE -
Conference Room 414
State Capitol
415 South Beretania Street


Submit your testimonies up to 24 hours prior to the start of the hearing.

CLICK HERE to submit testimony to the Senate Committee on Government Operations.
OR snail-mail or hand-deliver your testimony to -


Senator Donovan Dela Cruz
Hawaii State Capitol Room 202
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Again, the object is to have the state and the people of Hawaii remember the significance of the January 17 date every year.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

ALERT! - OHAʻS SECRET PLAN TO GIVE KANA`IOLOWALU $350,000 

Please forward this to all Hawaiians and our supporters.
 

By now you may have seen the recent publicly released financial records of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission (NHRC) because of an open records request from the Grassroot Institute.

These NHRC financial records reveal missing checks, mysterious payments and widespread wrongdoing.

Here are just a few examples gleaned so far from their check register -

  • $23,679 was paid to the Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement.
  • $10,384 was paid to Roll Commissioner Robin Danner.
  • A single check in the amount of $10,000 was paid to Leimomi Khan.
  • Political operative Norma Wong was paid almost $500,000.
  • Two checks each for $100,000 were paid to “1013.”
  • Multiple checks were written to Makauila, Inc., a media company run by Amy Kalili who happens to be the girlfriend of Native Hawaiian Roll Commissioner Na'alehu Anthony.

And this is the tip of the iceberg.

You may view the NHRC check register here - TinyURL.com/NHRCBombshell


These are Hawaiian beneficiary funds given to the NHRC by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA.)

Accordingly, we want to make you aware of a very recently discovered secret OHA plan to give additional Hawaiian beneficiary funds in the amount of $350,000 to the the Native Hawaiian Roll Commissioners.

OHA Trustee Chairperson Robert Lindsey hatched the plan and is its chief advocate.

Highly reliable sources have reported Chairperson Lindseyʻs strategy is to wait until three OHA trustees who oppose further funding are temporarily away from OHA and then quickly schedule an OHA board of trustees meeting so the remaining trustees can have a majority vote to approve this scheme.

Sources have told us this special board of trustee meeting will be scheduled with only  twenty-four hour public notice so that neighbor island beneficiaries will not be able to attend and those on O`ahu will hopefully be caught off guard.

The strategy is to move quickly to minimize public opposition and accomplish passage before most even become aware of it.

Therefore, we ask you to contact OHA Chairperson Robert Lindsey today to let him know you are aware of and outraged by his secret plan to further fund the Native Hawaiian roll.

Let him know in light of the financial wrongdoing that has already been discovered, you want OHA to immediately cease funding all nation-building activities.

Please also contact the other OHA trustees with the same message.

Bob Lindsey
robertl@oha.org

Collette Machado
colettem@oha.org

Peter Apo
petera@oha.org

Haunani Apoliona
reynoldf@oha.org

Rowena Akana
rowenaa@oha.org

John Waihee Jr.
crayna@oha.org

Hulu Lindsay
hulul@oha.org

Dan Ahuna
dana@oha.org

Lei Ahu Isa
leia@oha.org

Kamana'o Crabbe
kamanaoc@oha.org

(808) 594-1835


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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"OHAʻS SECRET FUNDING PLAN"


What A Bombshell & Wait Until You See It!

Spending Records For The Native Hawaiian Roll Were Just Released & A Select Group Of Insiders Made A Whole Lot Of Money.

Even Worse, The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Has A Secret Plan Now To Give Them 

Even More.

Watch This To Discover Their Secret Plan & How You Can Help Stop It.


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Monday, March 23, 2015

TWO RESOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT -  COMMITTEE OF HAWAIIAN NATIONALS  UPDATE

The Committee of Hawaiian Nationals is pleased to announce that we were able to get two resolutions (with concurrent resolutions) introduced at the Hawaii State Legislature. Now we have to lobby to get them passed.

The purpose of these resolutions is to get the fake state to respect our nationality and stop discrimination and mistreatment of Hawaiian nationals. 

If we can mobilize a fraction of the energy and mana’o that was used to stop the Carleton Ching appointment and other bad stuff from happening, just think what we can do to get good stuff going! These “resos" may seem insignificant, but they will have a huge, game-changing impact!

TWO PAIRS OF RESOLUTIONS


House Resolution 45 (HR 45) is titled: “RECOGNIZING HAWAIIAN NATIONALS AS A POPULATION RESIDING LAWFULLY IN THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS”  Passage of this resolution would be a game-changer. It would have the fake state acknowledge (admit) the lawful status of Hawaiian nationals and it would stop the discriminatory actions currently being committed against Hawaiian nationals by state law enforcement, judiciary, agencies, etc.

HR 45 was introduced by Rep Kaniela Ing and it has been referred to the House Ocean Marine Resources & Hawaiian Affairs (OMH); Judiciary (JUD) and Finance (FIN) committees in that order.

To view the status of HR 45 go here

To read the text of the resolution go here

House Concurrent Resolution 85 (HCR 85) is identical and has also been referred to OMH, JUD and FIN.

Start lobbying Kaniela Ing now, to schedule a hearing for both HR 45 and HCR 85.  Here are Rep Ing’s coordinates -

Representative Kaniela Ing
Hawaii State Capitol Room 311
phone: 808-586-8525
reping@capitol.hawaii.gov

Prepare your testimony now in support of HR 45 and HCR 85 so when the hearing is announced you’ll be ready to. Spread the word and let’s get as many people as possible involved.

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Senate Resolution 14 (SR 14) and Senate Concurrent Resolution 39 (SCR 39) are identical: REQUESTING THE GOVERNOR TO ORDER THE EXCLUSIVE DISPLAY OF THE FLAG OF HAWAII OVER STATE BUILDINGS ON JANUARY 17 OF EACH YEAR.

To view the status of SR 14 go here

To read the text of the resolution go here

It’s not as strong as we asked for, but it is a start. Main thing is that it reminds the fake state every year of the significance of the date.

The resolutions were introduced by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro and referred to the Senate Government Operations (GVO) committee.

Let’s organize some lobbying behind this!

1. We have to get it heard by the Senate Government Operations Committee

2. To do so, we have to coax the committee chair, Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz to schedule and hold a hearing.

3. That means generating lots of phone calls and emails requesting Sen. Dela Cruz to schedule a hearing for SR 14 and SCR 39. Here are his coordinates -

Senator Donovan Dela Cruz
Hawaii State Capitol Room 202
phone: 808-586-6090fax: 808-586-6091
sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov

Once the hearing date is set, make sure to get lots of in-person and sent-in testimonies submitted, favoring the resolutions.

Again, the object is to have the state and the people of Hawaii honor the significance of the January 17 date every year.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

BLENDING TWO IS THE BREAKTHROUGH ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"

 
"Back From The Brink - A Visit With Patti Isaacs“   

By the time Patti Isaacs started  Ho`omau Ke Ola, she had survived cancer not once, but twice. So naturally she wanted to help others survive too. Today Ho`omau Ke Ola is one of Hawai`iʻs most successful drug addiction treatment programs because of its weaving Hawaiian cultural spiritual values with western clinical treatment. Don't miss our amazing visit with Patti and youʻll discover why her focus is to heal the land and the people. And donʻt miss our surprise at the very end of the show! - Watch It Here

MONDAY, March 23rd At 6:30 PM Maui – Akaku, Channel 53 
MONDAY, March 23rd At 7:00 PM & FRIDAY, March 27th At 5:30 PMHawai`i Island – Na Leo, Channel 53  
TUESDAY, March 24th At 7:30 PM, THURSDAY, March 26th At 7:30  & SATURDAY, March 28th At 8:00 PM - Kaua`i - Ho`ike, Channel 52
SATURDAY, March 28th At 10:00 PM O`ahu - `Olelo, Channel 53

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

HAS THE ILLEGAL US OCCUPATION OF HAWAI`I WORKED?

Waikiki Beach Is Totally Man-Made & Disappearing 

Huffington Post - March 9, 2015

Tourists in bikinis and board shorts packed onto the narrow strip of sand fronting the iconic Royal Hawaiian and Moana Surfrider hotels on a recent weekday. Dozens of novice surfers lurched to catch waist-high waves in the turquoise water.

It’s a scene that has played out for decades at the world-famous beach that lures several million people a year to Waikiki, generating about 42 percent of the state’s visitor industry revenue.

But the beach stretching to the Kuhio Beach Basin, where a bronze statue of famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku welcomes visitors with outstretched arms, is in danger of disappearing.


A crumbling, century-old stone wall that juts out from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel is in imminent danger of collapsing, say scientists. The groin is the sole reason sand remains along this main stretch of Waikiki Beach.

Without it, the beach in front of the Royal Hawaiian would likely disappear in a matter of days, said Dolan Eversole, a scientist with the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant program. It would take several months to a year for the rest of the stretch of sand to erode.

Most visitors may not know it, but Waikiki Beach is almost entirely man-made. It has had erosion problems since the late-1800s when developers began erecting hotels and homes too close to the natural shoreline and building seawalls and other structures that blocked the natural ebb and flow of sand along the beach.

By 1950, more than 80 structures, including seawalls, groins, piers and storm drains, were counted along the Waikiki shoreline, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report.

Efforts to combat the resulting erosion have been haphazard, however, and with sea level rise now claiming about a foot of the beach a year, the threat of losing Waikiki Beach has become more dire.

“Waikiki is arguably as important as a slice of the H-1 and if a part of the H-1 needed maintenance there would be no question that we would go and maintain it, repave it, fill potholes,” said Chip Fletcher, a coastal geologist and associate dean at the University of Hawaii’s School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology. “Well, that is what we are doing to Waikiki Beach -- it’s maintenance. If it costs millions of dollars, there is abundant economic justification for that.”

The groin jutting out from the Royal Hawaiian isn’t the only structure in danger of collapsing. Many of the old shoreline structures in Waikiki weren’t engineered to modern standards and are at risk of failing, according to scientists. 

And some of the beaches along Waikiki have been gone for years, including parts of Kaimana and Gray’s Beach and an area on the Ewa side of the Natatorium. Just a few years ago, water was flooding the bar at the Moana Hotel because there was no beach left, noted Eversole.

Friday, March 20, 2015

HAS THE ILLEGAL US OCCUPATION OF HAWAI`I WORKED?

Matador Network - March 12, 2015

1. PARADISE IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE PLACES TO LIVE
If you want to live in Honolulu, the cosmopolitan hub of the islands, be prepared to pay as much for a home as you might in San Francisco or New York City. The limited amount of developable land and the desirability of the island lifestyle mean that the majority of homes are financially beyond the reach of people with an average income. Even Hawaii’s middle class families struggle to own their own homes.

The higher cost of living doesn’t stop there. Because Hawaii currently imports so much of its food, groceries cost about 50% more than the national average. And because it is the most oil-dependent state in the US, utilities are close to 70% more than what mainland residents are used to. Everything from driving a car to eating at a restaurant to buying milk at the store costs more in paradise.

2. Hawaii Has A Brain Drain Problem

Tourists flock to Hawaii to experience the white sand beaches, aloha spirit, and laidback lifestyle. It can be hard for them to understand why anybody would ever want to leave. But for young people just getting out of school, lucrative and meaningful jobs are in short supply. Hawaii’s economy has, for many decades, been dependent on tourism, the military, and the government. For cutting-edge careers in science, technology, and business, young people acknowledge that they need to leave the state. Families who can afford to do so typically send their kids to colleges on the Mainland, with the hope that their children can have greater opportunities for advancement than they can back home in Hawaii.

The state government has recognized this brain drain problem, and is trying to diversify its economy to be more attractive to young people. “Startup Paradise” is one initiative, aimed at fostering an entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to keep Hawaii’s brightest from fleeing.

3. The Food Economy Is Screwed Up

Visitors to Hawaii assume that because of the lush, tropical environment, everybody eats locally-grown food all of the time. And while you can find papaya, banana, and avocado trees everywhere, the reality of Hawaii’s food system is a far cry from the common perception. Today, 90% of the food eaten in the state is imported. Go into any Safeway, and you will find bananas and avocados, but for the most part, these are from Mexico or Central America. The fish and shrimp aren’t caught offshore, but rather, frozen and flown in from as far away as Thailand and the Philippines.

What Hawaii does grow — macadamia nuts, pineapples, and coffee — is mostly exported. Yes, Hawai’i Island is home to Parker Ranch, one of the biggest cattle ranches in the US. But once the cows are weaned from their mothers, they are shipped off to the Mainland in order to be raised on corn. And then they make their way back to Hawaii as — you guessed it — beef imported from the Mainland.
Locals are becoming increasingly aware of the need for food sovereignty. This has resulted in a resurgence of interest in locally-grown foods, and an expanding farm-to-table movement.

4. Some Islands Have Limited Access To Healthcare

Ask anyone where they would like to retire, and warm places by the beach top their lists. Despite the perception of Hawaii as an ideal place to spend one’s golden years, the fact is that access to healthcare can get spotty once you’re outside of Oahu, the main island for government, commerce, and tourism.

For example, residents on the Big Island suffer from limited access to primary, mental, and specialized care. I can personally attest to this. When I first moved to the island, I wanted to find a female primary care physician, but the only one taking patients was 90 minutes away by car. My 80-year-old neighbor has to fly to Honolulu regularly to receive specialized care.

While Hawaii is often ranked as one of the healthiest states in the nation, due to the high percentage of people who swim, surf, run, and bike all year round, the reality is more complicated. The state has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the nation, and the problem is especially acute among the native Hawaiian population. Hawaii also has one of the highest rates of crystal methamphetamine abuse in the country.


5. THE STRUGGLE FOR HAWAIIAN SOVEREIGNTY IS ALIVE & WELL
Americans take for granted the fact that Hawaii is a state. We can fly there without a passport. We see familiar stores, such as Starbucks and Target. We can get on the internet. Our mobile phones work. Despite the exotic, tropical atmosphere, we immediately know we’re still in the good ol’ US of A.

But Hawaii’s statehood is, in fact, a contested area, and Hawaiian sovereignty movement groups have gained momentum in the last few decades. They argue that the United States illegally overthrew Hawaii’s sovereign queen in 1893, beginning a military occupation that culminated in the islands becoming the 50th US state in 1959. Although the sovereignty groups don’t agree on all points, they generally view the US as an occupier or colonizer of the islands. Many advocate for self-determination and self-governance, either for Hawaii as an independent nation or for people with native Hawaiian ancestry as a nation within a nation.

While it is unclear what the outcomes of this movement will be, it is important for all of us who visit Hawaii or call it our home to be respectful of the grievances of the Hawaiian people, and to recognize the violent history that made it possible for us to, for better or worse, enjoy our soy lattes on the beach.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"HAWAI`I - A VOICE FOR SOVEREIGNTY" 
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WHEN - Sunday, March 22nd At 6:30 PM (PDT) / 9:30 PM (EDT)

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UEN Channel 9.3

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Was Your Name Transferred Without Your Permission From The Kau Inoa List To Kana`iolowalu? 

Did This Happen To Anyone In Your `Ohana? 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

ALERT! - YOUR KOKUA NEEDED NOW TO STOP THE CARLETON CHING CONFIRMATION 

Please forward this to all Hawaiians and our supporters.

Your kokua, your help, is desperately and immediately needed to help stop the confirmation of Carleton Ching as head of the Hawai`i Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Sources are reporting the 25-member state Senate now appears deadlocked over the nomination.

Some sources are placing the count at 12 to 12, with one senator's stance unknown and with a few senators likely to flip-flop before this week's expected vote.

One in particular, Sen. Brian Tani­gu­chi (D, Makiki-Tantalus-Manoa) who has formerly stated he was “inclined to oppose” Chingʻs selection is now telling residents he is undecided.

Word is that the senators representing Maui will be critical swing votes
.

The vote in the Hawai`i state senate may happen as early as tomorrow, Wednesday, or Thursday.

However, reliable reports state that Hawai`i Governor Ige will not bring the vote to the floor until he is certain he has the votes for confirmation.

If confirmed, Mr. Ching, a commercial developer, will control the future of Hawaiian Kingdom lands.

We hope you understand the gravity of that and therefore what is at stake.

We ask each and every one of you to email and call as many state senators as you can to declare your opposition to Mr. Chingʻs nomination.

You may send one email to the entire senate at - sens@capitol.hawaii.gov.

However below is the list of the entire Hawai`i state senate and we strongly suggest you call and email your senators personally today to say “NO!” to Carleton Chingʻs confirmation.
Mahalo.

_______________________________________________________________

Hawai`i State Senate

If You Are Not Sure Who Your Senator Is, Click Here -  http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/findleg.aspx?street=Enter%20Street%20Name

Baker, Rosalyn H.
Phone 808-586-6070
Email: senbaker@Capitol.hawaii.gov
District 6 South and West Maui

Chun Oakland, Suzanne
Phone 808-586-6130
Email: senchunoakland@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 13 Liliha, Palama, Iwilei, Kalihi, Nu‘uanu, Pacific Heights, Pauoa, Lower Tantalus, Downtown

Dela Cruz, Donovan M.
Phone 808-586-6090
Email: sendelacruz@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 22 Mililani Mauka, Waipi‘o Acres, Wheeler, Wahiawa, Whitmore Village, portion of Poamoho

English, J. Kalani
Phone 808-587-7225
Email:  senenglish@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 7 Hana, East and Upcountry Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i, Kaho‘olawe

Espero, Will
Phone 808-586-6360
Email: senespero@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 19 ‘Ewa Beach, Ocean Pointe, ‘Ewa by Gentry, Iroquois Point, portion of ‘Ewa Villages

Gabbard, Mike
Phone 808-586-6830
Email: engabbard@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 20 Kapolei, Makakilo, and portions of ‘Ewa, Kalaeloa, and Waipahu

Galuteria, Brickwood
Phone 808-586-6740
Email: sengaluteria@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 12 Waikiki, Ala Moana, Kaka‘ako, McCully, Mo‘ili‘ili

Green, Josh
Phone 808-586-9385
Email: sengreen@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 3 Kona, Ka‘u

Harimoto, Breene
Phone 808-586-6230
Email: senharimoto@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 16 Pearl City, Momilani, Pearlridge, ‘Aiea, Royal Summit, ‘Aiea Heights, Newtown, Waimalu, Halawa, Pearl Harbor

Ihara, Les Jr.
Phone 808-586-6250
Email: senihara@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 10 Kaimuki, Kapahulu, Palolo, Maunalani Heights, St. Louis Heights, Mo‘ili‘ili, Ala Wai

Inouye, Lorraine
Phone 808-586-7335
Email: seninouye@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 4 Hilo, Hamakua, Kohala, Waimea, Waikoloa, Kona

Kahele, Gilbert
Phone 808-586-6760
Email: senkahele@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 1 Hilo

Keith-Agaran, Gilbert S.C.
Phone 808-586-7344
Email: senkeithagaran@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 5 Wailuku, Waihe‘e, Kahului

Kidani, Michelle N.
Phone 808-586-7100
Email: senkidani@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 18 Mililani Town, portion of Waipi‘o Gentry, Waikele, Village Park, Royal Kunia

Kim, Donna Mercado
Phone 808-587-7200
Email: senkim@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 14 Kapalama, ‘Alewa, Kalihi Valley, Ft. Shafter, Moanalua Gardens & Valley, portions of Halawa and ‘Aiea

Kouchi, Ronald D.
Phone 808-586-6030
Email: senkouchi@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 8 Kaua‘i, Ni‘ihau

Nishihara, Clarence K.
Phone 808-586-6970
Email: sennishihara@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 17 Waipahu, Crestview, Manana, Pearl City, Pacific Palisades

Riviere, Gil
Phone 808-586-7330
Email: senriviere@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 23 Kane‘ohe , Ka‘a‘awa, Hau‘ula, La‘ie, Kahuku, Waialua, Hale‘iwa, Wahiawa, Schofield Barracks, Kunia

Ruderman, Russell E.
Phone 808-586-6890
Email: senruderman@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 2 Puna, Ka‘u

Shimabukuro, Maile S.L.
Phone 808-586-7793
Email: senshimabukuro@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 21 Kalaeloa, Honokai Hale, Ko ‘Olina, Nanakuli, Ma‘ili, Wai‘anae, Makaha, Makua

Slom, Sam
Phone 808-586-8420
Email: senslom@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 9 Hawai‘i Kai, Kuli‘ou‘ou, Niu, ‘Aina Haina, Wai‘alae-Kahala, Diamond Head

Taniguchi, Brian T.
Phone 808-586-6460
Email: sentaniguchi@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 11 Manoa, Makiki, Punchbowl, Papakolea

Thielen, Laura H.
Phone 808-587-8388
Email: senthielen@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 25 Kailua, Lanikai, Enchanted Lake, Keolu Hills, Maunawili, Waimanalo, Hawai‘i Kai, Portlock

Tokuda, Jill N.
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 207
Phone 808-587-7215
Email: sentokuda@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 24 Kane‘ohe, Kane‘ohe MCAB, Kailua, He‘eia, ‘Ahuimanu

Wakai, Glenn
Phone 808-586-8585
Email: senwakai@capitol.hawaii.gov
District 15 Kalihi, Mapunapuna, Airport, Salt Lake, Aliamanu, Foster Village, Hickam, Pearl Harbor


Monday, March 16, 2015

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

WASTE NO TIME IN VOTING DOWN DLNR NOMINEE

Honolulu Star Advertiser - March 14, 2015

The marathon public and decision-making grilling sessions that Carleton Ching endured at the state Capitol provided a window into the democratic process that is rarely seen in Hawaii.

It wasn't always easy to watch the controversial nominee to head the state Department of Land and Natural Resources confronted by some tough questioning by the Senate Committee on Water and Land. Some committee members who opposed the nomination seemed very uncomfortable about poking at the former Castle & Cooke Inc. lobbyist and development advocate, who did bring an earnest demeanor to the process.

What Ching didn't bring, however, was any clear understanding of the agency's core mission or vision for how he would approach challenges of resource management. Neither was there any real sign that he had enough interest in the issues to bone up on the administrative processes he would be shepherding.

And for this reason, the committee came to the correct conclusion in its 5-2 vote to recommend against Ching's confirmation for the job.

The full Senate should concur with that recommendation and reject the nomination when it comes up for a floor vote.

And that should happen soon: There's been enough time for arm-twisting and vote-whipping between the start of the session and now, the session's halfway point. Ample testimony was presented over the day-and-a-half allowance for the Senate's advice and consent, so it's time for an informed decision to be made promptly.

It was a rare chance to see the Democratic leadership of the Senate in a position to turn thumbs- down on a key appointment by a new governor of their own party — one who only last fall moved up from their own ranks to the executive office, no less. The long speeches delivered along with the vote proved that the senators felt compelled to justify their verdicts.

Gov. David Ige surely knew, or should have expected, that a grueling test of endurance was coming. Environmental groups came out four-square against Ching's nomination the moment it was announced. In one voice, they expressed the unassailable position that — while Ching may have skills that befit a manager, garnered throughout his business career — the nominee's resume showed scant evidence of interest or experience in natural resource management.

Rather than address this beforehand, the governor insisted that Ching would make the case for himself in the hearing process.

He did not. And it didn't help him that state Sen. Laura Thielen, who chaired the committee, had once held the DLNR job Ching now seeks. She pressed him on hypotheticals he well could face, and in many instances his answer was that he'd seek some kind of balance, that he would ensure compliance with the law and that he'd be informed by the recommendation of staff.

As Thielen rightly pointed out, DLNR actions are driven by compliance but also by policy and administrative interpretation — all of which Ching would have influence in shaping. Staff would be waiting for direction from him, too.

The governor, who sat nearby, at one point rose while Thielen was asking about what message Ching might bring to a coming conservation conference. Ige said he didn't find such hypotheticals relevant. But absent such questions, Ching was not illuminating his own philosophy about the underlying mission of the DLNR.

 The point is that, while DLNR should be charged with managing resources efficiently to best serve the public, a businesslike approach is helpful but insufficient. What seemed lacking here was the grasp of the primacy of some Native Hawaiian and other public claims to resources, rights that have been upheld in court.

Instead, Ching stressed the need to preserve what he called Hawaii's "brand," a term that reflected a rather corporate mindset about the mission.

A lot of the fault for this disastrous spectacle lies at the feet of the governor, who should have put up a qualified candidate with the capacity for the job.

And if senators are wavering about taking a difficult vote, they must now show they have the capacity to handle their own job, and just do it.

Friday, March 13, 2015

CARLETON CHING REJECTED FOR DLNR
































A state Senate committee rejected the appointment of Carleton Ching as chairman of the Board of Land and Natural Resources Thursday, setting the stage for a contentious vote in the full Senate over Gov. David Ige's most controversial decision so far.

Members of the Senate Committee on Water and Land voted 5-2 to not recommend the nomination after two days of hearings that included testimony from dozens of unhappy environmentalists who argued Ching is not qualified to lead the Department of Land and Natural Resources and its 900 employees. 


The committee also spent hours Wednesday and Thursday grilling Ching on his background working for developers.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

ON ANNEXATION OF HAWAI`I SCALIA FAILS CONSTITUTIONALITY TEST

Honolulu Civil Beat - March 7, 2015

By Williamson Chang

In Civil Beat recently, Justice Antonin Scalia, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, made two critical points on the annexation of Hawaii :

First, he stated that a joint resolution of the United States could acquire the territory of Hawaii — a foreign, sovereign and independent nation state. Second, he stated that the Constitution permitted the use of a joint resolution instead of a treaty.

He was wrong on both points.

First, a joint resolution is merely a law, an act of Congress. It has no power to acquire the territory of a foreign, sovereign state. If such a thing were possible, Hawaii itself could have, by an act of its Legislature, acquired the United States. Second, the only mode by which the United States could acquire Hawaii, an independent and sovereign nation like the United States, would be by treaty.

Second, the acquisition of Hawaii by a joint resolution of Congress would undermine the Constitution. The use of a joint resolution in place of a treaty would be an “end run” around an enumerated power — the power over foreign affairs that is delegated solely to the president and the Senate. The House has no power as to foreign affairs and does not vote on or ratify treaties.

Moreover, the use of joint resolution to accomplish a treaty with a foreign sovereign undermines the super-majority required of the Senate as to the ratification of treaties. The Senate must ratify such 

This is made clear in the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Clause 2: “[The President] shall have the Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur …”

The inability of President William McKinley to garner the necessary two-thirds vote in the Senate to ratify the Treaty of Annexation of 1897 led the administration to seek annexation by a mere act of Congress — a joint resolution. The administration could pass a joint resolution but not a treaty. This is precisely why McKinley attempted to annex by joint resolution.
 Many are ignorant of or deceived about the joint resolution and the acquisition of Hawaii. Many do not know the specifics of the U.S. Constitution or the history of Hawaii. Yet, we expect more from Justice Scalia, for he has great power over the future of Native Hawaiians. His exchange with Jacob Bryan Aki, as published in Civil Beat, showed a surprising lack of constitutional knowledge. Aki, a Hawaiian student at George Washington University, asked Justice Scalia the following question during a class visit to the Supreme Court on Feb. 11:
“Does the Constitution provide Congress the power to annex a foreign nation through a joint resolution rather than a treaty?”

Scalia answered by first turning the question back at Aki.  “Why would a treaty be needed,” he asked. “There is nothing in the Constitution that prohibits Congress from annexing a foreign state through the means of a joint resolution. If the joint resolution is passed through both the U.S. House and Senate, then signed by the president, it went through a ‘process.’ ”

Allen et al. vs. Scalia

Let us pretend that Scalia was on the floor of the U.S. Senate in the summer of 1898. Sen. William V. Allen of Nebraska and others would have reminded him that a joint resolution is only an act of Congress. It has no power to reach out and acquire foreign territory or a foreign country.

“A joint resolution if passed becomes a statute law. It has no other or greater force. It is the same as if it were entitled ‘an act.’ That is its legal classification,” said Allen. “It is therefore impossible for the government of the United States to reach across its boundaries into the dominion of another government and annex that government or the persons or property therein.

“But the United States may do so under the treaty making power, which I shall hereafter consider.”

In addition, Allen said, “Mr. President, how can a joint resolution such as this be operative? What is the legislative jurisdiction of Congress? Does it extend over Hawaii? May we in this anticipatory manner reach out beyond the sea and assert our authority under a resolution of Congress within the confines of that independent nation? Where is our right, our grant of power, to do this? Where do we find it?

“The joint resolution itself, it is admitted, amounts to nothing so far as carrying any effective force is concerned. It does not bring that country within our boundaries. It does not consummate itself.”

Moreover, Sen. Thomas Turley of Tennessee stated:

“It is admitted that if the Joint Resolution is adopted, the Republic of Hawaii can determine whether or not it will accept the provisions contained in the joint resolution. In other words, the adoption of the resolution does not consummate the transaction.

“The Republic of Hawaii does not become a part or the territory of the United States by the adoption of the joint resolution …”

Sen. John Coit Spooner of Wisconsin added his view: “Of course, our power would not be extraterritorial.”
Sen. A.O. Bacon of Georgia made the same point: “Under the law of the equal sovereignty of states, one independent and sovereign nation such as the United States cannot take another nation, such as Hawaii, by means or its own legislative act.”
Bacon noted that if the United States could take Hawaii by joint resolution, it could so take Jamaica. If that were true, any nation could acquire any other. Hawaii could annex the United States. “If the President of the United States can do it in the case of Hawaii, he can with equal propriety and legality do it in the case of Jamaica …”

Sen. Stephen White of California noted annexation by joint resolution was unprecedented: in American history: “… there is no instance where by a joint resolution it has been attempted not only to annex a foreign land far remote from our shores, but also to annihilate a nation, to withdraw it from the sovereign societies of the world as a government.”

On the issue of the constitutionality of the use of a joint resolution, Bacon made it clear: Hawaii could only be acquired by a Treaty. “If Hawaii is to be annexed, it ought certainly to be annexed by a constitutional method; and if by a constitutional method, it cannot be annexed, no Senator ought to desire its annexation.”

Finally, Bacon — one of the most senior members of the Senate — predicted that the annexation of Hawaii by joint resolution would do great damage to the Constitution and the Union.

“If we pass the joint resolution, we enter upon a revolution which shall convert this country from a peaceful country into a warlike country. If we pass the resolution, we transform this country from one engaged in its own concerns into one which shall immediately proceed to intermeddle with the concerns of all the world.

“If we pass the joint resolution, we inaugurate a revolution which shall convert this country from one designed for the advancement and the prosperity and the happiness of our citizens into one which shall seek its gratification in dominion and domination and foreign acquisition.”

Native Hawaiians have forgotten that many Americans stood with them in 1898. After all, the Treaty of 1897, the only legal means for taking Hawaii, failed not because the Senate of the Republic of Hawaii failed to ratify the Treaty. It was the United States Senate that did not ratify the Treaty.

In conclusion, the joint resolution could not acquire Hawaii. Moreover, it was unconstitutional. Justice Scalia’s comments are evidence of the pervasive and widespread falsehoods as to annexation that have spread to the highest political and judicial offices in the United States. The myth of annexation is a deliberate deception that has oppressed the people of Hawaii for 122 years.

Historic quotes above are from Volume 31 of the Congressional Record pages 6142 to 6712, the verbatim record of the Senate debate in 1898.