Aug 17 2009

Join Us In a Peaceful Protest in Support of Ko Hawai’i Pae Aina

Join Us In a Peaceful Protest in Support of Ko Hawai’i Pae Aina

After 50 years of being misled, Hawaiians are challenging a long history of misinformation leading to the creation of the State of Hawai`i and the commemoration of 50 years of its existence. Join us in challenging U.S. propaganda by calling attention to the ‘real story’ and asserting Hawaiian independence.

Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians are cordially invited.

When – Friday, August 21, 10 AM – 1 PM

Where – From Ala Moana Park (Diamond Head side entrance) to Hawai`i Convention Center


Queen Lili'uokalani. Credit: Honolulu Starbulletin

Queen Lili'uokalani. Credit: Honolulu Starbulletin

Please wear black in solidarity and carry or wear a ti leaf.

This event is spearheaded by the Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance and the Institute for Hawaiian Affairs, with support from Hawaii People’s Fund and Ka Lei Maile Alii Hawaiian Civic Club.

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* Reposted with some additions

* ‘Ola Na Iwi

Aug 15 2009

Hawaiians: Fighting for One’s Rights Never Goes Out of Style

Hawaiians: Fighting for One’s Rights Never Goes Out of Style

E kala mai to her especially for posting her picture here since images of people have some mana… but Lynette Cruz, PhD epitomizes how Fighting for One’s Rights Never Goes Out of Style whether Hawaiian or non-Hawaiian:

Lynette Cruz PhD

Lynette Cruz PhD. Photo courtesy of PONO Kealoha.

FWIW she is presently an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Hawai’i Pacific University:

http://www.hpu.edu/index.cfm?DISPLAYGRAPHICS=NO&contentID=9686&siteID=1

* Photo courtesy of PONO Kealoha. Mahalo to PONO for videotaping and photographing Hawaiians because when Hawaiians are visible so are our kupuna 🙂 Mahalo plenty to him too for allowing me to post his work here 🙂

Aug 13 2009

Hawaiians – Posted by Lana Ululani Robbins

Hawaiians – Posted by Lana Ululani Robbins

KA LA HO’IHO’I EA: SOVEREIGNTY RESTORATION DAY. July 26, 2009  at Thomas Square. Featuring Vicky Takamine’s halau.

Courtesy of Pono Kealoha:

Aug 09 2009

Hawaiians: 50th Anniversary of “Statehood” of Hawai’i – Posted by Lana Ululani Robbins

Hawaiians: 50th Anniversary of “Statehood” of Hawai’i

As usual some of the local press collude with the state and federal government to make it seem as though Hawaiians are less than human. In today’s Honolulu Advertiser the editors printed a story called,

“Hawaii’s move into statehood traumatic for many Hawaiians .”

It can be seen here.

 

They try to make it seem as though we are acting like victims. We did not name that column that. Instead the editors did.

However Hawaiians do not view themselves as victims. Instead they view themselves as survivors. Survivors who will continue to fight for their rights. Hawaiians will never stop doing so.

Unfortunately as usual the local press in Hawai’i collude with the state and federal government to try to influence the general public to view us as less than human.

It is not surprising.

 

Aug 08 2009

Kawaiaha’o Church: Abigail Kawananakoa Sues and is Now Being Portrayed Poorly by the Press

Kawaiahao Church: Abigail Kawananakoa Sues and is Now Being Portrayed Poorly by the Press

In the Honolulu Starbulletin the editors chose to print, “Kawaiaha’o Church asks that lawsuit be dropped. Abigail Kawananakoa alleges that building on the site is disturbing the iwi of her ancestors.”

Seen at http://www.starbulletin.com/business/20090808_Kawaiahao_Church_asks_that_lawsuit_be_dropped.html

However what Kawananakoa is doing is one of the best things that anyone could ever do for Hawaiians.

Aug 07 2009

Akaka Bill: Jere Krischel’s Ignorance and Contradictions Posted on the Internet For the World to See

Akaka Bill: Jere Krischel’s Ignorance and Contradictions Posted on the Internet for the World to See

Some people post some ignorant statements about Hawaiians. This time it’s Jere Krischel in the Hawai’i Reporter on August 6, 2009. This is a screen capture of it:

Posted by Jere Krischel

Posted by Jere Krischel

Seen at http://hawaiireporter.com/story.aspx?98bfe676-101e-400a-8727-adcffe8c3e9a

Jere Krischel states in part:

“The most atrocious gloss, however, is the complete lack of mention of the multi-racial nature of the Kingdom of Hawaii, from its very inception. Kamehameha, along with a multi-racial coalition including his British son-in-law John Young, forged a unified Hawaiian Islands. The first constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1840 declared all people “of one blood”. By the time the 1893 Hawaiian Revolution ended the monarchy, Hawaii was more than half non-native Hawaiian, and for the past over 100 years of association with the United States, has been a veritable case study in how multi-racial communities live and work together under a unified identity.”

Then soon after contradicts himself:

“Hawaii is a place, not a race, and separating our people simply by bloodline is a violation of our civil rights, and a slap in the face to our kupuna whose wisdom helped create a society where all people were treated equally.”

Except Ko Hawai’i Pae Aina is a nation and its people are of a different nationality than Americans. In English we call it “Hawaiian.” Of course he tries to libel our kupuna by implying that Hawaiians who protect and defend their nation are treating others unequally. However the Hawaiian Kingdom is an inclusive nation. Its people are evidence of this with people of mixed ethnicities.


“He Hawaii au; he mau Hawaii kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.”

In this part ignorance is evident. When someone says “He Hawai’i au” in Hawaiian they mean that they are Hawaiian as in “oiwi.” I find it amusing that he does not speak the Hawaiian language yet uses the Hawaiian language to co-opt the Hawaiian language in order to claim to be Hawaiian except it is illogical.

He does not recognize the Hawaiian people as being unique with a significantly different culture, tradition, and language yet he turns around and basically claims to be Hawaiian LOL

“Grassroot Institute member Jere Krischel is a volunteer historian and civil rights activist who has been discussing and studying the Akaka Bill and its historical basis online and in print since 2004. Born and raised in Hawaii, he attended Punahou and later graduated from the University of Southern California.”

In the footnote he claims to be a historian and a civil rights activist yet a historian would at least be somewhat accurate about history while a civil rights activist would fight for civil rights. However he is fighting to violate the civil rights of Hawaiians.

Here is a close up of the ignorant statements:

Posted by Jere Krischel

Posted by Jere Krischel

Seen here.

Of course as usual Jere Krischel and people like him resort to argumentatum ad hominem. Instead of discussing the issues they retort with personal attacks which of course shows weaknesses in their argument.

As a matter of fact one can see some of Jere Krischel‘s responses on April 2, 2006 here. In comment #17 this is what he stated about Queen Liliuokalani. Keep in mind that she was held prisoner by some men with emphasis mine in bold:

“Who cares if she felt intimidated? Her perception does not make for international law reality. If she had genuinely felt that she was being threatened by a nation with no military presence, let’s say Samoa, would that mean that it was a fact that Samoa was acting in a threatening manner?

Just because she felt threatened, does not mean that the U.S. peacekeepers were acting in a threatening manner.

And her surrender was an unqualified one. Her symbolic protest was a scheme concocted by her lawyer Neumann, in an effort to repeat the history that happened with the british.”

This is also where Jere Krischel contradicts himself when he states, “He Hawaii au.” Hawaiians love their queen. However Jere Krischel shows a disdain for her.

I think it’s great how some people like Jere Krischel can exercise their right to freedom of expression without government intervention, turn around and try to violate the rights of Hawaiians, AND contradict himself in the process.

What better place to do it?  On the Internet… for the world to see.

Malama,

Lana Ululani Robbins

Aug 06 2009

Hawaiians: Disrespect to Hawaiians Exposed – Posted by Lana Ululani Robbins

Hawaiians: Disrespect to Hawaiians Exposed

The Honolulu Starbulletin recently printed an article that alleges that the National Park Service is investigating the state Historic Preservation Division, which has been under harsh criticism in recent years for its handling of ancient remains and historic sites.

Thomas Dye who is a member and former president of the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology was quoted as saying that he has encountered many problems with the division, part of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, over the past six years.

He was also quoted as saying that the agency has had problems such as lost reports, high staff turnover and an inability to maintain an inventory of historic sites.

To me  Honolulu Starbulletin is notorious for being unfair and biased so it’s difficult to tell if this article is accurate but problematic is how a politician like U.S. Rep. Neil Abercrombie is mentioned. The article makes it seem as though he is the “good” guy while the others are the “bad” guys. Typical “good guy versus bad guy” marketing.

However where were they when this was happening with   Hawaiian burials and Hawaiians’ ancestral bones?

 

Malama,

Lana Ululani Robbins

Aug 06 2009

Akaka Bill: Opposed by Many Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians – Posted by Lana Ululani Robbins

Akaka Bill: Opposed by Many Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians

While OHA Trustee Haunani Apoliona condones and supports the Akaka Bill

http://www.oha.org/pdf/090611_Apoliona_HR2314.pdf

many Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians do not.

In fact a digital petition against the Akaka Bill is growing. There are now 301 digital signatures opposing the Akaka Bill:

http://stopakakapetition.com

Of course this is a small sampling of those Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians who I know who vehemently oppose the Akaka Bill.

While Apoliona is entitled to her opinion, it seems as though she is not listening to the will of the Hawaiian people. (This includes those who support the Hawaiian people.)

However if you are against the Akaka Bill feel free to join us and sign it digitally.

If you want to know where my digital signature is… it is at #68 where I explicitly state:

“I vehemently OPPOSE the Akaka Bill aka the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act which is REALLY the Native Hawaiian LAND Reorganization Act. Hawaiians and their legal heirs have not and do not agree to transfer our title to anyone and/or to any government entity set up as a trust in order to transfer our title without our consent.

This is a public notice.

Signed, Lana Ululani Robbins”

If you would like to place your name to show that you do NOT support the Akaka Bill then feel free to place your name on the Stop the Akaka Bill digital petition.

Mahalo,

Lana Ululani Robbins

Aug 06 2009

Akaka Bill: Letter of Opposition to the Akaka Bill by Tane Inciong

It is important to see written testimony that vehemently OPPOSES the Akaka Bill aka the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.

In this statement Tane Inciong OPPOSES the Akaka Bill as most Hawaiians whom I know oppose the Akaka Bill too. I am reposting this here:

Tane Inciong. Photo credit: Pono Kealoha.

Tane Inciong. Photo credit: Pono Kealoha.

“As a native Hawaiian who has not been represented by the Senators who are trying to pass the Akaka Bill, (S.1011,) my immediate family and I urge you to vote NO to that insidious bill.

When the bill was first proposed, a hearing was held in Honolulu and the testimony was overwhelming against it for a variety of reasons. Because of that, hearings on the neighbor islands were cancelled.

We want to ratify or reject that bill before it is taken to your committee.

Our voices have been purposely shunned by these snollygosters who prefer to dictate to us rather than represent us. These small interest elites are an abhorence to the democratic system and might be in it for personal pecuniary interests rather than defend the concerns of those most affected by it.

There are issues to be resolved even before considering the actions they are proposing. We vehemently reject this bill and conditions it wants to set up for us. Our concerns, circumstances, the situation that confronts it, need to be addressed first.

There are legal international rammifications that must be settled and abided by; such as violations of the laws of occupation, neutrality, and the lack of a lawful treaty of annexation/cession which the US is unable to present. The multi-ethnic Hawaii nationals overwhelmingly voted against cession to the USA in 1897 and we support their choice.

We love our country as much as the US Americans love theirs.

There is a political and moral thing to do and that is vote NO on S.1011.”

Mahalo,
Tane
Pearl City, O`ahu

He made an excellent point when he stated, “We love our country as much as the US Americans love theirs.”

Sometimes this is lost while some people want to hear themselves speak and want to exercise their right to freedom of speech then turn around and try to inhibit other people like Hawaiians from doing so.

Malama,

Lana Ululani Robbins

Aug 05 2009

Props to Some Kupuna

pictureofhula Props to Some Kupuna:

Without them we would not be here.

Then again my maternal grandmother and paternal grandfather helped my parents raise us.

Thus I am eternally grateful.