Thursday, April 11, 2024

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CNN.com - March 30, 2024

Sweden became the newest member of NATO earlier this month, joining 31 nations in the security alliance, including the United States. Well, make that 49 of the 50 United States.

Because in a quirk of geography and history, Hawai`i is not technically covered by the NATO pact.

If a foreign power attacked Hawai`i – say the US Navy’s base at Pearl Harbor or the headquarters of the Indo-Pacific Command northwest of Honolulu – the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization would not be obligated to rise to the Aloha State’s defense.

“It’s the weirdest thing,” says David Santoro, president of the Pacific Forum think tank in Honolulu, who added that even most Hawai`i residents have no idea their state is technically adrift of the alliance.

“People tend to assume Hawai`i is part of the US and therefore it’s covered by NATO,” he says.

But, he concedes, the tip-off is in the alliance’s name – North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Hawai`i is, of course, in the Pacific, and unlike California, Colorado or Alaska, the 50th state is not part of the continental US that reaches the North Atlantic Ocean on its eastern shores.

“The argument for not including Hawai`i is simply that it’s not part of North America,” Santoro says.

The exception is spelled out in the Washington Treaty, the document that established NATO in 1949, a decade before Hawai`i became a state.

While Article 5 of the treaty provides for collective self-defense in the event of a military attack on any member state, Article 6 limits the geographic scope of that.

“An armed attack on one or more of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack on the territory of any of the Parties in Europe or North America,” Article 6 says. It also says any island territories must be in the North Atlantic, north of the Tropic of Cancer….

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

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"WHY NATO MAKES HAWAI`I A SITTING DUCK FOR ATTACK"

 

Itʻs No Secret That Hawai`iʻs A Military Target To Foreign Powers.

But The US Is A NATO Member Which Makes Hawai`i Safer, Right?

If Hawai`i Is Attacked, Will NATO Members Come To Hawai`iʻs Defense?

Watch This Because You May Be In For A Big Surprise.
 

Tuesday, April 09, 2024

Monday, April 08, 2024

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Sunday, April 07, 2024

HE PROTECTS HIS FAVORITE BEACH ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"

"Protectors Of Paradise - A Visit With Micah Doane

Think for a moment of your favorite beach. Now imagine it being used as a dumping ground covered in piles of trash. Thatʻs what happened to Kea`au beach on O`ahuʻs Wai`anae coast which happens to be Micah Doaneʻs favorite beach. So Protectors of Paradise was formed by Micah and other west side residents who wanted to stop the illegal dumping to keep their beach safe and pristine. But as fast as they could remove the trash, more appeared. So what did they do? Join us and Micah on our walk along beautiful Kea`au beach as he shows us what it takes to clean the beach he grew up on and why itʻs so important - Watch It Here

 

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Saturday, April 06, 2024

TOMORROW - BE THERE & HONOR MAUNA KEA


 

Friday, April 05, 2024

APRIL FREE HAWAI`I NEWS - MAUI FIRE SURVIVORS GETTING HOUSING OR FED UP & MOVING AWAY?

Plus Mauna Kea Is Back With Possible Funding & An Oversight Authority But What Will Mauna Kea Kia`i Like HULI Have To Say? Also What Role Does The Pacific Way Play,  A Progress Report At The UN For Hawaii & Our Popular “Kumu Hinaʻs Mana`o”

The April “Free Hawaii News” show airing tonight at 6 PM on `Olelo Television Channel 53 on O`ahu and online at FreeHawaiiNews.com reports on Lahaina fire survivors leaving Maui as promises for housing go unfulfilled.

“Itʻs now eight months after the fire and we go to Maui to see if promises that were made for housing by both governor Josh Green and Maui mayor Richard Bissen have been kept,” states Free Hawaii News co-host Hinaleimoana Wong. “Maui residents have become frustrated at the slow pace of recovery so we discover first hand what the situation is on the ground.”

We also travel to Hawaii Island to get a report on the role the new Mauna Kea Stewardship and Oversight Authority is playing as well as hear from the Maunaʻs kia`i or protectors, such as HULI, on how non-violent direct action has been successful in creating outcomes for kanaka as well as other indigenous peoples.

“Itʻs do or die time for funding for the Thirty Meter Telescope, so we have the background information for Free Hawaii News viewers on Mauna Kea,” remarks Free Hawaii News co-host Leon Siu.

We also explain how the Pacific Way puts all of this into the correct context, the latest progress at the UN for Hawaii and our very popular Kumu Hinaʻs Mana`o.

Free Hawaii News presents Hawaiian or kanaka maoli perspectives on a broad range of topics and issues affecting the Hawaiian Islands, the Pacific and the world. Brought to you by the Koani Foundation, Free Hawaii News airs every month on `Ōlelo Television on O`ahu, on all neighbor islands and on stations around the world. Check local listings for times.

Hinaleimoana Wong is a kumu hula, filmmaker, cultural activist, Hawaiian language speaker, preservationist and community leader. She has served as a member of the O`ahu Island Burial Council.

Leon Siu has for many years served as Foreign Minister of the Hawaiian Kingdom. He is active in that role at the United Nations in both New York City and Geneva, Switzerland. Besides being a diplomat, he is also an award-winning musician, composer and political analyst.

“Free Hawaii News” is online at FreeHawaiiNews.com, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.

Thursday, April 04, 2024

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KHON2.com - Gov. Josh Green announced that he backed down from a moratorium on short-term rentals in Maui County on Wednesday, March 27.

Community organizers are now focused on legislation that would give power to the counties to phase out high-priced vacation homes.

Members of the Lahaina Strong community group gathered at the Hawaii State Capitol on Thursday, March 28 and said they understand a moratorium is no longer needed since displaced families have started to trickle into more permanent housing.

“We still need to tackle this short-term rental issue,” Lahaina Strong organizer Paele Kiakona said. “Because the short term rental industry has exacerbated the housing market and made it way too expensive for anybody to even afford a family home here in Hawaii.”

Organizers are now highlighting legislation — HB1838 and SB2919 — that would give counties the power to gradually phase out short-term rentals.

“Giving counties the clear authority to phase out vacation rental uses is a key tool for helping Maui residents find adequate rental housing in the wake of the wildfires,” Lahaina Strong organizer Katie Austin said.

Rep. Elle Cochran added cutting through the red tape to find long-term housing is simply too much for some residents who are still displaced. Organizers said 60% of Native Hawaiians in West Maui who were affected by the fire have left the island.

“Every time they get a different case manager, they have to re-tell their story,” Rep. Cochran said, “they have to get this paper, get it signed, go back, I mean, it’s just been nonstop. We’re almost nine months in and we still haven’t built a home?”

Some new help is available. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced one-time grants for Native Hawaiians affected by the fires — $9,000 to eligible homeowners and $4,000 to eligible renters.

“People wonder if things are forgotten, if Lahaina is forgotten,” Hawaiian community advocate Archie Kalepa said. “This is a reminder for our community, the help is there.”

The State also announced it has acquired a former hotel in Kihei with 175 guest rooms to be used initially as temporary housing for the displaced and eventually repurposed as a teacher and workforce rental housing project.

Hale ʻO Lāʻie — formerly the Haggai Institute property — is expected to open to wildfire survivors in early May, 2024.

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

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"LAHAINA FIRE SURVIVORS PUSHED OUT & MOVED AWAY"

 

Three Thousand Fire Survivors Still Living In Hotel Rooms.

Row After Row Of Tiny Houses Sitting Empty.

Itʻs No Wonder Theyʻre Leaving For Good.

Watch This To Understand Why You Wonʻt Recognize Lahaina One Day Soon.
 

Tuesday, April 02, 2024

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Monday, April 01, 2024

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Sunday, March 31, 2024

PROTECTORS OF PARADISE ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"

"Protectors Of Paradise - A Visit With Micah Doane

Think for a moment of your favorite beach. Now imagine it being used as a dumping ground covered in piles of trash. Thatʻs what happened to Kea`au beach on O`ahuʻs Wai`anae coast which happens to be Micah Doaneʻs favorite beach. So Protectors of Paradise was formed by Micah and other west side residents who wanted to stop the illegal dumping to keep their beach safe and pristine. But as fast as they could remove the trash, more appeared. So what did they do? Join us and Micah on our walk along beautiful Kea`au beach as he shows us what it takes to clean the beach he grew up on and why itʻs so important - Watch It Here

 

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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 airs throughout Hawai`i on all islands and reaches over 24 million households across the US and throughout the world. Check your local cable TV listings.

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Saturday, March 30, 2024

KE AUPUNI UPDATE - MARCH 2024


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Roadblock at the UN...
The biggest obstacle to reinstating Hawaii as an independent country is UNGA Resolution 1469, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 12, 1959. Resolution 1469 accepted a report it received from the United States that the people of Hawaii had voted to become the 50th State of the United States. Even though we know now that the “statehood referendum” was a complete sham, UNGA Resolution 1469 still stands, blocking the way to a free Hawaii.

UNGA Resolution 1469 gives international legitimacy to the United States’ claim of dominion and jurisdiction over the Hawaiian Islands. It stands today as the official position of the UN and its 193 member countries, effectively insulating the United States and the State of Hawaii, from legal challenges, liability and accountability for otherwise clearly unlawful acts against the Hawaiian nation since 1893.

When lawsuits are brought by Hawaiians against the US for the illegal overthrow or the illegal annexation or the illegal land grabs –– anything that argues the US’ unlawful jurisdiction –– the courts dismiss the cases by citing, “this is not a legal question, it’s a political question”. Usually left unsaid is… “and the political question has been settled”.

So, what settled the political question of Hawaii’s political status? The 1959 “statehood plebiscite”, which was actually a veiled and skewed UN referendum for decolonization. When the US reported to the UN that the people of Hawaii exercised their right to self-determination and overwhelmingly chose to join the US, the UN, without verifying whether or not the US report was truthful, extended its approval by adopting Resolution 1469, thus validating that the political question was settled: Hawaii had been absorbed into the United States. That is where we are stuck, and will remain stuck, unless Resolution 1469 is removed.

At the UN in New York (where this issue of Ke Aupuni Update is being written) we have been developing a strategy to remove the obstacle that is Resolution 1469. How? We are asking members of the UN General Assembly who are sympathetic to our cause, to submit a resolution to the General Assembly calling for a procedural review of the conditions and circumstances that led to their adoption of Resolution 1469 in 1959. It is simply a procedural review of an action by the UN, not a direct challenge to the UN or the US.

However, conducting such a review will quickly uncover the blatant fraud by the U.S. to con the UN General Assembly into erroneously adopting Resolution 1469. Upon discovering that error and realizing they are complicit in fraud and the prolonged illegal occupation of a peaceful and friendly sovereign nation (Hawaii), the UN General Assembly would then be categorically obligated to annul that flawed and offending resolution.

This would cause a 180-degree turnaround. Without UNGA Resolution 1469 to lean on, the United States’ claim to Hawaii collapses, and by default, the Hawaiian Kingdom, the sovereign nation in continuity, springs forward to be restored as the lawful governing entity over the lands and people of the Hawaiian Islands.

The removal of Resolution 1469 will also open the United States to legal challenges and judgements for the 131 years of criminal acts of piracy, pillaging and crimes against humanity, which would result in the United States not only withdrawing from our country, but providing massive restitution for crimes and damages.

But most importantly, it will mean the return of control of the assets, operations and governance of the Hawaiian Islands to the Hawaiian Kingdom and its Aloha ʻĀina…the people who love their country...

“Love of country is deep-seated in the breast of every Hawaiian, whatever his station.” — Queen Liliʻuokalani
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Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

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For the latest news and developments about our progress at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva, tune in to Free Hawaii News at 
6 PM the first Friday of each month on ʻŌlelo Television, Channel 53.

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"And remember, for the latest updates and information about the Hawaiian Kingdom check out the twice-a-month Ke Aupuni Updates published online on Facebook and other social media."

PLEASE KŌKUA…
Your kōkua, large or small, is vital to this effort...
To contribute, go to:
 

• GoFundMe – CAMPAIGN TO FREE HAWAII

• PayPal – use account email: info@HawaiianKingdom.net

• Other – To contribute in other ways (airline miles, travel vouchers, volunteer services, etc...) email us at: info@HawaiianKingdom.net

All proceeds are used to help the cause. MAHALO!

Malama Pono,


Leon Siu

Hawaiian National

Friday, March 29, 2024

FREE HAWAI`I NEWS SHORT

 


DO HAWAIIANS HAVE THE ANSWERS TO HEAL THE WORLD?


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Thursday, March 28, 2024

MARCH FOR ALOHA `AINA APRIL 6TH



Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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"WILL THE US OCCUPATION OF HAWAI`I BECOME OBSOLETE?"

 

You Bet & We Know How It Can Happen.

Something Way Better Will Replace It.

But Exactly When That Happens Is Up To You.

Watch This To See Why & What The Replacement Is.
 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

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Monday, March 25, 2024

HONORING MAUNA KEA


 

Sunday, March 24, 2024

STOPPING COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"

"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

 

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.
 
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Saturday, March 23, 2024

HAWAIIANS BATTLE BAY AREA DEVELOPER OVER ANCIENT SITE


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SF Gate - March 7, 2024

On the south shore of Kauai, there’s an ancient Hawaiian cultural site unlike any other in Hawaii.

Dating back to the 15th century, Kaneiolouma contains remnants of house sites, taro patches, fishponds, heiau (places of worship) and shrines — and right in the middle of it all is the only remaining ancient makahiki sporting arena in the Islands.

Oval shaped and surrounded by rock walls, the arena is a natural amphitheater where Hawaiians once held boxing, wrestling and spear throwing matches, among other games, during Makahiki, an ancient festival that lasts from October to February. 

But Kaneiolouma’s future hangs in the balance as flooding, exacerbated by overdevelopment, and disinterest from county officials have stunted Native Hawaiians’ efforts to have it fully restored.

“This ancient Hawaiian village that was fully intact will disappear forever,” Rupert Rowe, executive director of the nonprofit organization Hui Malama o Kaneiolouma, told SFGATE. “The government does not really represent or protect the culture’s interests in Hawaii, whether it’s federal, the state or the county.”

Rowe, along with Billy Kaohelaulii, was the first to uncover the fully overgrown and forgotten village back in 1998. They created Hui Malama o Kaneiolouma in 2003 and spent years clearing the land. Then, in 2010, Kauai County Mayor Bernard Carvalho signed an agreement that transferred the stewardship of the land over to Hui Malama o Kaneiolouma, which wants to turn it into a living Hawaiian village.

But a new mayor, Derek Kawakami, was elected in November 2018, and the county stopped offering assistance, said Rowe. Now, vegetation has once more overtaken the site, and flooding of the complex persists.

“In 2019, with the mayor, that’s when the problems started,” Rowe said. “From that day to now, the mayor has refused to do anything in support of the project.”

“Our agreement with them was I clean the rubbish inside there and our county would haul it away,” he continued. But, according to Rowe, different county departments refused ownership of the job. Then things turned ugly.

“They said they can dissolve the stewardship agreement, which I thought was an impossible thing,” he said. “Then they would pump water from the parking lot on top of burials.”

However, the County of Kauai told SFGATE that it continues to assist volunteers and provides bins and equipment as necessary. “In addition, the County also supplies herbicide to the volunteers upon request. The County has no intention of dissolving the stewardship agreement. In fact, the stewardship was recently expanded to include additional acres,” Parks and Recreation deputy director Wallace Rezentes Jr. told SFGATE in an email.

“A few years ago, due to flooding in the Poipu Beach Parking lot, County officials pumped water from the parking lot to the rock area closest to the parking lot,” Rezentes Jr. continued. “Kaneiolouma officials reported this to Department of Health officials. Department of Health officials did not require the County to cease pumping; however the County decided to no longer pump water into the area. The County believes that water was not pumped onto burial sites. However, an Archaeological Inventory Survey is ongoing per the request for the Historic Preservation Division DLNR to map all the historic properties, including burial sites.”

The Kaneiolouma complex sits below sea level, so water running off from the uplands is ending up here, flooding the grounds.

It wasn’t always this way. Hawaiians were experts at controlling the flow of water, especially on the south shore of Kauai. They created a sophisticated irrigation system known as the Koloa Field System, which at one time had a network of ditches, terraces and an aqueduct.

Decades of development to the south side of Kauai has taken away natural drainage. Fishponds were filled in. Underground caves are being destroyed to build development projects. More roads, paved land and development projects increased runoff.

“This whole thing right here is to catch all the water on that side of the bypass road and all of the development, so now you will never be able to use the culture site of Kaneiolouma,” Rowe said.

On the south shore, the latest development is Kauanoe O Koloa. The Bay Area- and Hawaii-based developer Meridian Pacific, which has multiple projects on the island, is permitted to build a $200 million luxury condo with 279 fee-simple condominium homes on 25 acres near Poipu.

The developer was required to present a master drainage plan that took into consideration other developments around it, and the impact it would have to Kaneiolouma. These drainage studies are conducted to determine how much runoff from concrete driveways, concrete parking lots and structures will increase after the development is complete.

“Whatever water is getting to Kaneiolouma now, when it rains, when it does get water, that’s going to be magnified,” Bridget Hammerquist, a former attorney and president of Friends of Mahaulepu, told SFGATE.

At a Kauai County Planning Commission meeting held in December, Wayne Wada, the author of Meridian Pacific’s master drainage report, said that the development will be utilizing drainage detention basins on its property to hold any increase in water and let it out slowly. This is to meet county standards, which require the flow rate to be equal to or less than the pre-development rate.

But it also means that Kaneiolouma will be experiencing water for longer periods of time, said Wada, and the plan did not look into how or if the water could be diverted from Kaneiolouma.

The Kauai County chief engineer, Michael Moule, said Kauanoe o Koloa doesn’t drain to Kaneiolouma, and that it’s coming from another area. (SFGATE reached out to Michael Moule and Meridian Pacific and did not receive a response.)

“That’s a joke,” Hammerquist said. “They don’t have a clue as to what’s going to happen.” She and Rowe believe Meridian Pacific’s master drainage plan doesn’t do enough to evaluate the surrounding developments and consider cumulative impacts of the water, especially as it pertains to Kaneiolouma.

“When one inch falls on 28 acres, it makes 760,000 gallons of water. That’s a lot of water,” Hammerquist said in her December testimony, describing the amount of water possible from Kauanoe o Koloa.

The planning commission ultimately approved the master drainage plan, and both Hammerquist and Rowe vow to fight on.

“But meanwhile,” said Hammerquist, “the developer pushes ahead and as far as he’s concerned, if he can get his concrete poured and his structures up, he doesn’t give a crap what the court decides down the road.”

Friday, March 22, 2024

 FREE HAWAI`I NEWS SHORT

KUMU HINAʻS MANA`O

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Thursday, March 21, 2024

CELEBRATE WATER PROTECTORS THIS SATURDAY



Wednesday, March 20, 2024

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"HOW TO END THE ILLEGAL US OCCUPATION OF HAWAI`I"

 

Itʻs Been Right Here All Along.

Itʻs From The Bottom Up, Not The Top Down.

Itʻs Already Happening On Maui.

Watch This To See What It Is & How You Can Be Part Of It.