Thursday, June 18, 2009


Maui News - June 16, 2009

When will the misinformation ("Akaka Bill a vital step," Today's Editorial, June 13) stop about how great the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009 is?

The writer, as do many proponents, contends - "It is only possible to create an equitable, honorable and peaceful future for Hawaiians and those who support them" through the passage of S. 1011. The written facts prove otherwise.

Between the legalese, fancy play and placement of inspiring words in this bill, if passed by the United States Congress it will have manufactured the illusion Hawaiians are giving consent to the terms in this bill.

The "Native Hawaiians" in this bill are subject to the definition in The Hawaiian Homes Act of 1920, Section 201 - any descendant of not less than one-half part of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to 1778.

Aside from the blood quantum language (genocidal), how come the United States government does not legally recognize the years and accomplishments after 1778? No matter how pleasant to our ears the Akaka Bill is played, it clearly resounds with false promises and racism....

Foster Ampong

Kahului, Maui