Category: How Hawaiians are Treated in Hawaii

Feb 14 2010

Latest on Joseph Brescia and the Kaua’i Ni’ihau Island Burial Council

It is unfortunate that things have become extremely heated. Joseph Brescia corporate president and chairman to the Board of Directors at Architectural Glass & Aluminum Co., Inc. (AGA), has done so much good only to be overshadowed with his home that is built on sacred land.

By the way everywhere is sacred land to someone. It would have helped greatly if this was handled better by the “state” of Hawai’i which should have enforced its rules. Perhaps Mr. Brescia should have included a negotiator so as not to insult the iwi kupuna and the kupuna. Iwi kupuna as well as living kupuna deserve dignity and respect. I am sure that others would not want someone to build on their loved ones’ resting place.

Left to the people on the Kaua’i/Ni’ihau Island Burial Council to decide, they decided to reject Brescia’s burial treatment plan:

“After hearing nearly four hours of emotional testimony, the
Kaua’i/Ni’ihau Island Burial Council on Thursday unanimously rejected
the 16th draft of the burial treatment plan for Naue landowner Joseph
Brescia’s controversial single-family home.”

http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/20100213/NEWS23/2130325/Burial%20council%20rejects%20plan

The names of these members of the Kaua’i/Ni’ihau Island Burial Council are:

Chair: Clisson Kunane Aipolani (06/30/10)
Vice-Chair: Keith Yap (06/30/12)

Dee M. Crowell (06/30/10)
James W. Fujita (Interim – 06/60/10)
Michael Loo (06/30/12)
Debra U. Ruiz (Interim – 06/30/10)
Sandra P. Quinsaat (06/30/12)
Leiana P. Robinson (06/30/11)
and Barbara J. Say (06/30/11)

Council members’ names can be seen here: http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/hpd/councils.htm

From their website:

“All Council members are appointed by the Governor of Hawai`i and confirmed by the Senate for a four year term. Expiration dates for council members are shown in parentheses following their names. No council member may serve more than two consecutive terms. All meetings by the council are open to the public. Any person may submit oral or written testimony to the council regarding a matter under consideration, provided that applicants first submit a written request to the department to be placed on the council meeting agenda.”

Their agenda can be seen here:

http://hawaii.gov/dlnr/hpd/bcd/agendas/kaui100211-Agenda.pdf

E malama pono to everyone.

Jan 21 2010

This is how they still treat some Hawaiian women in Hawai’i

This is how they still treat some Hawaiian women in Hawai’i

Look at this law enforcement officer try to intimidate and harass this oiwi woman who happens to be the mother of one of my former classmates at Kamehameha Schools. She is holding up a picture of Pele.

Look at this picture and look at how he is looking at her and how he is standing infront of an oiwi woman who gathered peacefully. Aue:

This is how some law enforcement officers treat some Hawaiian women Photo courtesy of Pono Kealoha

Ironically she has a master’s degree. The other oiwi/Hawaiian woman in the center of this picture with her head facing the camera also has a master’s degree.
These oiwi/Hawaiian are NOT violent people yet this law enforcement official is treating them as though they are. No there is NO excuse to treat non-violent oiwi/Hawaiian THIS way. Then again it only shows who is violent against oiwi/Hawaiian women.

A picture is worth a 1000 words.

Thanks to the power of the Internet others throughout the world can see it too.

One of my best friends is a law enforcement official and he does not disrespect Hawaiian women this way.

Jan 21 2010

This is How Law Enforcement Treats Hawaiians in Hawai’i

This is How Law Enforcement Treats Hawaiians in Hawai’i

This picture was taken recently at the Ho’okahi Lahui Hawai’i at ‘Iolani Palace in Honolulu, Hawai’i in January 2010. Some law enforcement officials intimidate and harass Hawaiians.

Look at Officer K. Lesperance’s angry face:

How Law Enforcement Officials Treat Hawaiians in Hawai'i Photo courtesy of Pono Kealoha

By the way one of my best friends is a law enforcement official so I know that some law enforcement officials are cool. However this is uncool.