Kapu System of traditional Hawaiian religious practice

Laenui-Poka
On a separate facebook page entitled Building an Intellectual Culture, there is a brief description of the `ai Noa or the “free eating” in Hawaii which initiated the downfall of the traditional kapu system. I thought that my comments and discussion with the author, Umi Perkins who is by the way son of the late Leialoha Perkins and nephew of Peter Apo, both children of Aunty Margaret Apo who lived for a long time in Makaha, and along with her husband, Peter, who were both friends of mine. You may want to go to that page and check out the background of these comments. He has many other interesting postings there.
I wrote:
An analysis of the `Ai Noa and the breaking of the kapu system
This is about your #4 Mo`olelo series, regarding the `Ai kapu.
It seems your treatment of the `ai kapu and the `ai noa which took place in 1819 was too short an analysis of this historical event which changed the course of Hawaii’s history. I speak not due to the lack of details of the circumstance and the event but for a lack of inquiry into the motivations of the parties.
Yes, indeed, the details are a lot, and the purpose of your writing may not be as a historical record but more of a summary of the event. But I believe that the breaking of the `aikapu must acknowledge the recent death of Kamehameha, the passing of the political “torch” to his son, Liholiho, the assignment of Ka`ahumanu into a newly created Kuhina nui or “Queen Consort” of uncertain definition, the passing of the religious “torch” to Kamehameha’s “nephew” Kekuaokalani for the continuing care of the war god Kuka`ilimoku, and the fact that Hewahewa, Kamehameha’s lead Kahuna was not given that continuing role of such care.
The Hawaiian chiefs and priests were remarkably familiar with the mo`olelo of our people. They were especially familiar with the history of the long and peaceful reign of Liloa, of his son Hakau to whom Liloa passed the “torch” of political authority, and to his other son Umi the religious “torch” to care for the war god, Kuka`ilimoku. Over time, Umi accrued the favor of important kahunas who abandoned Hakau, gathered his forces and in a battle against Hakau, was triumphant. Hakau was sacrificed in fire.
Generations later, when Kalaniopu`u, King of Hawai`i passed, he also split his kingdom giving the political power to Kiwala`o, his son and the religious care of Kuka`ilimoku to Kamehameha, his nephew. Kamehameha, over time, was able to accrue greater power, married Kiwala`o’s daughter, Keopuolani as well as Ka`ahumanu who has been referred to as Kiwala`o’s wife. Over time, Kiwala`o was killed in battle after which Kamehameha fought to unite the Hawai`i island and eventually all the islands.
Kamehameha, at his death followed the same unusual pattern of splitting the political and the religious kuleana between Liholiho, King of the nation along with Ka`ahuman as the Kuhina nui. But to his nephew Kekuaokalani he gave the care of Kuka`ilimoku. Ka`ahumanu was especially wise in political affairs. It was to her whom Kamehameha essentially vested the political power in, as the Kuhina nui, as compared to Liholiho, his eldest son who was into his very early 20s and had not been experienced in war. Ka`ahumanu could understand the political patterns of a divided kingdom and saw the eventuality of the one who held the care of Kuka`ilimoku overcome the relative who ruled the political affairs.
Thus, Ka`ahuman, with Keopuolani, mother of Liholiho aligned with her, knew that in order to preserve Liholiho’s rule, would have to break the power of Kekuaokalani, of Kuka`ilimoku, and of the kapu religious order, creating a total devastation of the religious system so that there would be no room for Kekuaokalani to regain a foothold and rebuild to power.
Liholiho resisted the invite by Ka`ahumanu and his mother Keopuolani to join them in breaking the `ai kapu. He had previously spoken with his cousin Kekuaokalani and pledged that he would not join in such an act. But the two ladies persisted. Liholiho took a group out to sea on a ship and partied, got very drunk with liquor and women before returning to Kailua. Upon his return, he then went to the feast of Ka`ahumanu and Keopuolani and joined them and his younger brother, Kauikeauoli, who was not yet Kamehameha III, and ate with them, thereby affirming the violation of the `ai kapu. That was the `ai noa, the freeing of the kapu, which than unraveled the religious order of Hawaii.
Kekuaokalani, hearing of this `ai noa occurring in Kailua, gathered his forces and marched to Kailua. Liholiho’s forces met the oncoming opposition on the plains of Kuamo`o and as this battle ensued, Kekuaokalani was shot and killed and his wife Manono, comforting him on the battlefield, was also shot and killed.
Thus, the destruction of Kekuaokalani, of Kuka`ilimoku, of the kapu system, as well as Manono came about. The political order was thereby sustained for the Kamehameha direct descendants for a period.
Na`u kamana`o. I offer them for your consideration.
Aloha a hui hou,
Pōkā Laenui,
Hawaiian National
Umi Perkins
Author
When this all comes out in its final form, the ʻaikapu section will follow the Kamehameha history (unification) – Iʻm just releasing these on the blog in short posts and as works in progress. But yes Iʻll keep in mind to make more of a continuation of the thread of the kapu underlying whatʻs going on at the time
Also, Noelani Arista is arguing in her book against the idea of total abolition of kapu or ʻaikapu, which Iʻll have to take into account
I also have a separate post on the battle of Kuamoʻo
Poka Laenui
I’m most anxious to see all of this. I must agree with Noelani Arista regarding the total abolition of the kapu system. Indeed, many of our Hawaiian people continued to respect the system of kapu long after the `ai noa.
Abraham Pi`ianaia would speak of his father or grand father who continued to pay his respect to the traditional gods in back of his home.
My wife’s grandmother, a kahuna whose specialty included La`au Lapa`au had patients in lower Kalihi line up around the block to her house to see her for healing. She had been a deacon at Kawaiha`o Church and started her own Christian church in Kalihi. In her house, one room was dedicated to the Christian religion, and another room, she kept her gods of Hawaii where her medicine was kept. Puanani, as a child who had just returned with her from Church turned to her grandmother and said, „Grandma, I’m confused! We just came back from church and when I come home, how come you have two rooms, one for Christ and the other for the old gods!“
Grandma said, „I keep them in separate rooms so they no fight!“
Yes, there are many other examples of the „old“ system still alive. There are spirits which continue to roam the land such as the night marchers, there are the akualele which continue to fly across the sky. As long as the regard for mana continue to persist, which was the foundation of the kapu system, the „old“ system will persist.
Comments:
I should have noted that in many of the Halau hula as well as in the pa lua, the old kapu systems or practices are carried out.
ʻAi noa was also used as a sign of mourning and recorded during numerous times throughout our history. The ʻai noa was probably the nail in the Hawaiian coffin as it pertained to the death of culture, languge and political sovereignty. Liholiho ate under duress and abiding by the rules of mourning his fatherʻs death. Religious abolition came when those against Kekuaokalani sided with the missionaries. Kūkāʻilimoku had no place in the political discussion as Christianity became the religion of politics in Hawaiʻi.
Interview of „Tales of Hawaii“ with
Leialoha Perkins
Kumulipo  –  Mon 27.Nov. 2017, in Makaha Surfside, Waianae
Umi Perkins
Earliest Commercial Activity on Hawai’ian Islands – 24.Jan. 2018 at Kamehameha Campus, Honolulu

Project: Resolution 1469

It ’s the 75th Meeting at the UNO in Geneva, Switzerland. The Hawaiian Island kingdom Delegation, this a great friends of me, informed me about her Project: Resolution 1469 at the UN.

Of a Question of mine, what is your target, the focus this time at the UN?

„Our goal is to get the UN General Assembly to do an inquiry into the description of Hawaii the US 50th State the US submitted to the UN General Assembly in 1959 that failed to include any of the Hawaiian Islands.“

Of other Question, I got this great answer:

Aloha Gerard:

Your Question: how would Hawaii’s independence help Switzerland & Europe?

Answer: Like Switzerland, the Hawaiian Island Kingdom is a independent neutral nation.

The US has in the past & continues today to expand its imperialist reach through its military https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/09/asia/chagos-islands-feature-intl/index.html under the guise of protecting citizens‘ freedoms & democracy (which in reality appears more to be guns for hire to the highest commercial bidder), has killed far too many innocent civilians, has taken down far too many governments who refuse to cooperate with its agenda of commercial expansion to take precious resources from other nations at a fraction of its value and to the demise of their environment in its pursuits.  Those who refuse to stand down or acquiese, like Venezuela, the US will blatantly and in the name of Democracy and Freedom for it citizens topple and destroy economies and governments.  Those who dare to speak out are silenced, or made to look like uneducated, liberal fools in the media.  Those who have the courage to stand up for what is right is brought down quickly.  The US history shows it takes what it wants, when it wants and at any expense to whomever gets in their way!   Is this truely the same Country that helped end WWII, or was dark side of the US personality hidden in the shaddows? https://www.rt.com/usa/426848-coups-r-us-rt-documentary/

While the US has good people, who want to do good & like other countries, are demanding their rights guaranteed to them in their constitution, the rogue military persuits appears to be on its own path to world control driven by ?????.  These ambitious persuits have forgotten the golden rule; Do onto others as you want other to do onto you.  They have forgotten about cooperation and have opted for world control and domination.  What may have begun for the right reasons are taking a road of wrong.  Whether it be Switzerland or any other European Country, what stops the US or any other National Power from

its pursuit of unrighteous domination? If UN Nation States are not held to their contracts, chaos is sure to insue.

UN Mechanism „Declaration on Population Transfer and the Implantation of Settlers“  (UN Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/23)  Article 10:

Where acts or omissions prohibited in the present Declaration are committed, the international community as a whole and individual States, are under an obligation: (a) not to recognize as legal the situation created by such acts: (b) in onging situations, to ensure the immediate cessation of the act and the reversal of the harmful consequences: (c) not to render aid, assistance or support, financial or otherwise, to the State which has committed or is committing such act in the maintaining or strengthening of the situation created by such act.

The US also signed onto the Hague and Geneva Conventions which protects the occupied countries citizens, and their private lands and property amongst other protections.

Is this a battle between good & evil? Is it acceptible to have 100’s of 1000’s innocent civilian casualites in pursuit & in the name of democracy/ global commercialism?   This military presences is not about being our brothers keeper, its beginning to look like its more about being our brother’s master!

The US, who was heralded after WWII for being Righteous Hero, Forthright, of the Highest Ethical Moral Standards has failed to remember to follow their own High Standards, their own laws & their own code of ethics: which now just appear to be rhetoric.  They tip toe around their international agreements while demanding all other UN Nation States to uphold their international agreements with no exception or deviations.

It appears the US has a definition of democracy & freedom that they hold themselves to, and another definition for the rest of the world to abide by, enforced by their military presence & aggression. Essentially saying: Do it my way or die!  Be it civilian or governments; as seen in the documentary Coups R US.  https://www.rt.com/usa/426848-coups-r-us-rt-documentary/

Is it really too much & too naive to ask that all the human rights covenants that UN member Nations signed onto, actually are upheld in the spirit of the agreement with no exceptions?  Are Treaties only viable when it’s convienent and to a members advantage- ignorable when it is not?  Is it not the responsibility of all signing parties to a Treaty / Covenant, to the other signers to their contractual obligation?  If not, what is the power that holds and enforces the agreement if not the other signing parties?

THE Hawaiian Islands which is not the US 50th State by their own definitions, are nothing more to the US than a large military base for their over eagerly prepared war games. If you prepare & spend so aggressively for war, then war, not peace, is more likely on the horizon.  The US has already sacrificed the Hawaiian Islands (Pearl Harbor) to justify its entry into WWII while protecting its own borders; that sacrifice by the Hawaiian Islands which is an Independent Neutral Nation helped the European Countries under siege bring WWII to an end.  Is it too much for the Hawaiian Kingdom to ask its fellow Family of  Nations and all benefactors of this sacrifice to end the siege/illegal US occupation on the Hawaiian Islands?  We ask this of our Treaty Partners, and all member States of the UN.

Was the 2018 ‚alleged‘ false Missile Attack aimed at Pearl Harbor & Waipahu Missile Range, really false? Was this just another attempt to engage in war with N Korea by saying their missile did the attack when in fact it would have been US initiated? It’s easy for the US to sacrafice someone else’s lands, nation and people while protecting its own.  The 1850 US – Hawaiian Island Treaty with the King, His heirs and His successors did not include the US using our islands as their shield or sacraficial military outpost.  I as an heir of Kamehameha I & III, protest to this taking, this trespass and this occupation and demand the immediate cessation of all military activity in our islands.

Is it coincidental that military personnel did drills for months before & same person would have their families also do drills in case of a missile attack that would have radiation affects? Why would the Govenor & his family of Hawaii be in a protective bunker long before the warning was released? Why would the State of Hawaii Govenor say a missile launch alert button was ‚accidentally‘ pushed when no such button exists?  The lies and dissengenous acts are blatant and with no apology.

Dr. Alfred de Zayas Former UN OHCHR Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order wrote:

„In the universe of human rights in which we have been operating for so long,

there are „consensus“ victims and others than apparently can be safely „ignored“

the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the exploitation of native Hawaiians by the US belongs to that category

of „victims who somehow do not count“

no one seems to know what happened to them

and worse — no one seems to care

But the US did pull a fast one on the UN in 1959 and this resolution 1469 remains fundamentally flawed.“

My question to all member Nations of the UN; what good are your covenants if the signing members are not willing to enforce them?  It then appears to enslave into submission the weaker countries at the will of the military powerful countries.  So if the members are not enforcing their covenants, who are the people that are enforcing them upon you?  Are these covenants mechanisms really only controls to administered upon the members at will by the selective few?  Because the US finances a big part of the UN Organization, does that give it the priviledge to circumvent its obligations and agreements?  Is that the benefit of financial support?  It seems to me the US‘ financial support over and above all other member nations gives the US a clout, benefits and privileges that other member states don’t enjoy.  It seems wrong that the US should be allowed to contribute to a UN Agency and have influence in it when they refuse to be governed by it.  This is a conflict of interest if its financial support gives them right to influence, but not be held accountable; right?  This in itself would be ground for discontent & disharmony by member States.

What is at risk for all nations, not just Switzerland and Europe, is the imperialistic reach of yet another ambitious few with a world class militia in hand who wish to rule the earth; Who wish to de-populate the earth, who wish to control all resources of the earth.  At what point is enough; enough?

I believe all nations are waking up, the citizens of the world are waking up…. isn’t it time the voices of the world citizens are heard and we make right the wrongs that allow breaking the rules as long as you have a big army to shove their will and philosphies down our throats?  The responsiblities of leadership is to care and protect the people in their realm.  Today, it appears governments are more focused on providing protections and services to commercial entities whether they do right or wrong for their citizens and abroad.

Doing rights can start right here and now with the UN revoking the General Assembly Resolution 1469 that falsely and incorrectly associates the Hawaiian Islands as the US 50th State?  Isn’t it time the UN stops rolling over and looking the other way to bullies?

As a mother, Why do we mothers do we disipline, guide, and teach our children to be kind, to take care of our fellowman, to be educated so that they can be good contributors to society and encourage them to be their best.  Why as parents are we willing to be strict with our children to teach them right from wrong  then not put our foot down to stop our children to go into the world to assert behaviors we never approved.  We were willing to be unpopular with our children, because there was a higher, bigger love and wish we have for them; to have a world they can thrive in.

Shame on us for letting our children and spouses/partners be anything other then their most righteous and their best for all mankind.  Shame on us for letting the horrifying agressions of war and pursuits of power to get this far when innocent lives, private lands, traditional cultural and  practices, sacred sites, burials are lost for another military base, another resort, and another  for

When is it the right time to do the right thing?  How many more innocent lives must be lost or devastated before we say enough is enough?  This is not just a time for UN Members to stand up and say „no more concessions to wrong doers!“   It’s time for the citizens of the world to do the same, for wives and mothers to demand of their husband and childrens to live a life of righteous decisions in their work and personal lives.  The end of the wrong doing comes when we each say, „NO MORE!“

The Hawaii Delegation and the Heirs of Kamehameha I and III ask the Citizens of Switzerland, Europe and all UN Nation States to demand their Nations to make an inquiry into the US Report A/4226 submitted on 24 September 1959 that describes Hawaii the 50th US States without the inclusion of any of the Hawaiian Islands.  Upon verification of this misleading definition that does not included any of the Hawaiian Islands (It can be done in less than 2 hours); Demand an immediate emergency UN General Assembly meeting to revoke 1469 and the US de- occupation of the Hawaiian Islands under the watchful eye of the UN Membership for a smooth, peaceful transition back to Hawaiian Kingdom self governance which does not require any further UN Committee actions.

Please find the attachments that has been sent out to the UN membership regarding this matter below and in the attachments.  Also please read Dr. Alfred de Zayas‘ Article that gives further light to Racial Descrimination in the US-  in the UN magazine New Special

about the „discovery“ of america and the devastating effect on the First Nations of America — massacred and victims of European diseases.

October 2020 issue, pp. 38-41   www.newspecial.org

Dr. Alfred de Zayas also brings our attention to Martin Luther King in his book „Why we can’t Wait“ (1964, pp. 119-120) writes:

„Our nation was born in genocide when it embraced the doctrine that the original American, the Indian, was an inferior race. Even before there were large numbers of Negroes on our shores, the scar of racial hatred had already disfigured colonial society. From the sixteenth century forward, blood flowed in battles of racial supremacy. We are perhaps the only nation which tried as a matter of national policy to wipe its indigenous population. Moreover, we elevated that tragic experience into a noble crusade. Indeed, even today we have not permitted ourselves to reject or to feel remorse for this shameful episode. Our literature, our films, our drama, our folklore all exalt it.“

Dr. de Zayas concludes: „Alas, my research as a historian confirms the words of Dr. King.“

The Kanaka Maoli Hawaiian Nationals can be best understood by its Hawaiian Kingdom Declaration of Rights and Constitution which was voluntarily proposed and signed by His Majesty King Kamehameha III on June 7, 1839, which was the first departure from the ancient legal practices in the Hawaiian Kingdom. It declared the protection of the proclaimed rights of both the Chiefly, Common aboriginal  & national Tenants.

In English translation the first article (Pauku) says: God hath made of one blood all nations of men, to dwell on the face of the earth in unity and blessedness. God has also bestowed certain rights alike on all men, and all chiefs and all people of all lands.

In Olelo Hawaii: Ua hana mai ke Akua i na lahuikanaka a pau i ke koko hookahi, e noho like lakou ma ka honua nei me ke kuikahi, a me ka pomaikai. Ua haawi mai no ke Akua i kekahi mau waiwai like, no na kanaka a pau, me na’lii a pau o na aina a pau loa.

The Hawaiian Language has many layers of meaning depending on who it is being directed to.  So the same words will have a slightly deeper meaning to those who can hear it.  When I delve into the meaning of these words It appears to be a manifesto for all mankind, not just for the Hawaiian Nationals and Kanaka Maoli (aboriginals). This is my translation of its deeper meanings as it was being spoken by GOD the Creator to King Kamehameha III:

I your Creator, have completed my creation for all mankind, for the nations of man, being of one blood, I am your mother, your father, your source.  You are my children, you are brothers and sisters from one source and for this you must remember, though you may live apart, develop different customs out of necessity, you are still one, you are equal, you are of one nation, you are my children and I gift you a mother ship (mother earth) to dwell upon, to thrive upon, to create upon, to grow upon, and to evolve upon together in this third dimension; this is your papa honua (mother ship), the provider of all, the riches for all equally to flourish in, and by.

I promised at all times, you will have everything you need to thrive, to create, to care for one another.  Your Papa honua (mother ship) is your school, its where you come to evolve your soul for your eternal life, you will do this through big and small tasks; through the work of your mind, your hands, your labor and for this no one can take away, this is yours, now and forever (intellectual property).

The materials you need for your daily needs are all around you.  The abundance and riches of the earth belongs to all of you, my children; but you must steward it as if it was your special gift, alone, even though you are not the owner, just the caretaker.

I send my representatives, na’lii, on my behalf to serve you and guide you to your betterment and soul evolution so when you return home you will be allowed to dwell in the highest parts of heaven.  Love each other, as I love you, provide for each other, as I provide for you; take care of each other as I take care of you; all you need can be found upon all the land, this is my promise and covenant with you.

  You are me, I am you, let me know the third dimension through you, let my power be yours to do my will, to bring heaven upon the earth for all mankind to evolve to their highest selves, for life is eternal with me.

This is what was shown to me when I asked what does these words in Pauku 1 mean?  What was King Kamehameha III’s inspiration to voluntarily give up his absolute rulership over the Hawaiian Islands while maintaining constitutional rulership to the Kamehameha Heirs.

I found this deeper meaning profound, and with it I have a better understanding of what King Kamehameha III was gifting his people, I feel so honored to come from a society of Divine thinkers who put their people’s needs as high as their own if not higher.   Who remembers that the responsibility of leadership is to serve the people, rather than ruling with a personal agenda.  This is what the Kanaka Maoli people of the Hawaiian Islands brings to its international brothers and sisters.  We remember who we are, and maybe just maybe we can inspire others to get back to the roots of their own civilization of good with all man’s common rights intact.

I wish this for all and I pray that our international brothers and sisters from the family of nations remember our treaties and friendship and will help us by Revoking UN GA 1469 that incorrectly associates the Hawaiian Islands with the US as its 50th US State.  Please review links and attachments below.

All my best – Mahalo nui loa (Thank you so very much) for all your help to bring our demand to revoke UN GA Resolution 1469 now into the public consciousness to right this wrong.

I am Routh Bolomet, heir of Kamehameha I and III.
I am also a citizen of Switzerland through my marriage.

 

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THE SITUATION OF THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS THE CURRENT SITUATION:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Hawaiian Kingdom

• The Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is actually a sovereign, independent country. The
Hawaiian Islands is not part of the United States… and never was! The Hawaiian Kingdom
never surrendered its sovereignty and the United States never lawfully acquired either the
sovereignty or any territory comprising the Hawaiian Islands.
• Knowing the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands lawfully continues to exist, Hawaiian
patriots reactivated their government and a growing number of people are embracing their
identity as Hawaiian nationals and carrying on a vigorous campaign to reestablish Hawaii’s
rightful standing as a sovereign, independent nation-state in continuity.
• Hawaiians call on the international community to support the campaign to free Hawaii and
invite countries from around the world to honor their historic treaties, agreements and other
international obligations with the Hawaiian Kingdom, so the Hawaiian people can again live
in peace and harmony as part of the family of nations.
HISTORY OF THE SITUATION:
During the Nineteenth Century, the Hawaiian Kingdom was a fully recognized sovereign
nation, with bilateral and multi-lateral treaties with 46 other sovereign nations and with over
130 embassies and consulates posted around the world.
Beginning in 1893, the United States of America committed a series of unlawful acts,
violating the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom, causing regime change and installing
puppet governments, resulting in what is now the US-occupied Hawaiian Islands, purported
to be “Hawaii, the 50th State of the United States of America.”
THE US ADMITS WRONGFUL TAKING:
In 1893 and again in 1993 the United States formally apologized for its wrongful actions,
admitting that the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom was never extinguished, nor was it
ever lawfully relinquished, nor was it lawfully acquired by the U.S.
Nevertheless, the United States continues to falsely claim that Hawaii is part of the United
States; refuses to acknowledge Hawaii’s true international standing; and avoids its legal and
moral obligation to end the illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Islands. Instead, the U.S. in
recent years has endeavored to fortify its grip on the islands by trying to create a Native-
Hawaiian tribal government to act as a proxy “nation” with whom the U.S. Federal
Government could contrive a sham settlement for the wrongful taking — yet remain in
control of the Hawaiian Islands.
STATUS UNDER THE UNITED NATIONS:
In 1946, the United States of America submitted “Hawaii” (the Hawaiian Islands) for
placement on the United Nations list of “Non-Self-Governing Territories” under Article 73 of
the UN Charter, indicating Hawaii was eligible for decolonization. It is now apparent by the
events that followed that this was a scheme to exploit the UN’s decolonization procedure to
promote the United States’ false claim to the Hawaiian Islands and create the appearance of
legitimacy. In 1959, the United States conducted a snap plebiscite for Hawaii residents to
give their approval for “statehood”; the integration of Hawaii into the United States.
However, no effort was made to inform the public of other possible choices, such as
independence, and no explanation was provided regarding the ramifications of the vote. The
only option presented on the ballot was: ‘yes’ to statehood. Despite this and other forms of
flagrant voter-manipulation, the United States’ submitted report A4226 to the UN General
Assembly which falsely claimed that the Hawaiian People had consented to become
integrated into the United States.
Without monitoring, review or verification of the vote by neutral observers or a competent
UN agency, the United States’ report was accepted. The UN General Assembly adopted
Resolution 1469 on 12 December 1959, indicating that because the Hawaiian people had
apparently exercised their right to self-determination and given their consent to become a
state of the United States, the matter of the political status of the Hawaiian Islands was settled
and the U.S. was no longer required to report to the General Assembly on Hawaii’s status as
a non-self-governing territory.
Using this misleading report, the U.S. perpetrated fraud by hijacking the UN’s decolonization
process, causing the UN itself to become complicit in the fraud. Even though it is based on
fraud, UNGA Resolution 1469 upholds the official stance of the United Nations and its
member states: that the political status of the Hawaiian Islands has been settled; and that
Hawaii is an integral part of the United States.
ENGAGING THE UNITED NATIONS
Over the past 20 years, Hawaiians have filed numerous petitions, reports, complaints and
appeals to various bodies of the UN, protesting the United States’ false claim to the Hawaiian
Islands. Communications to the UN include: appeals to the Secretary General, various
Presidents of the General Assembly, the Decolonization Committee, the Fourth Committee,
the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, the Human Rights Committee, the
Human Rights Council, the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples and others.
SOME MOVEMENT AT THE UNITED NATIONS
Following are a few indications of international concern for the Hawaii situation:
• In 2008, members of the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination asked the
United States to explain the procedure used to make Hawaii a state of the United States.
The US did not respond.
• In 2010 at a side event of the Universal Periodic Review of the USA, the US representative
dodged the question about the procedure used to induct Hawaii into the United States. He
said, “The political question has been settled.”
• In 2013, Dr. Alfred M. deZayas, the UN independent expert for the promotion of a
democratic and equitable international order, in paragraph 69 (n) of document A/68/284 of
his Report to the UN General Assembly, cited Hawaii among the places that should be
considered by the United Nations decolonization procedures. This indicated that the
Independent Expert regarded the question of the political status Hawaii is not settled.
• In 2015 at the Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America, the Islamic
Republic of Pakistan requested that the United States respond to the recommendation of
paragraph 69 (n) from Dr. deZayas’ 2013 report to the UN General Assembly, with regard
to the situations of Alaska, Hawaii and the Dakotas. This query by Pakistan suggested that
these matters of political status under international law have not been properly settled.
• In 2017 the Hawaiian Islands filed petitions with both the Fourth Committee and the
Committee of 24, calling for a review of GA Resolution 1469 and, upon finding it resulted
from false information, declare GA Resolution 1469 null and void.
• In 2017 a complaint was filed with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
by heirs and descendants, titleholders to lands in Hawaii, who have had lands unlawfully
seized and sold to foreign entities, in collusion with the courts of the puppet State of Hawaii
government. Since these are private titles granted by the laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom,
they require ajudication under Hawaiian Kingdom laws or Hawaiian Kingdom treaties.
• In 2019 a Shadow Report by the Koani Foundation NGO was filed to address the Universal
Periodic Review of the United States of America. The report enumerated multiple human
rights violations in the Hawaiian Islands resulting from the illegal occupation of the
Hawaiian Islands by the United States.
We call upon the Human Rights Committee and other pertinent bodies of the United Nations
to affirm that the political status of the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is that of a
sovereign nation in continuity; and that the United States claim of sovereignty over the
Hawaiian Islands is disingenuous and fraudulent.
THE SOLUTION
CORRECTING THE ERROR
We call upon the UN General Assembly to review the circumstances that led to the adoption
of UNGA Resolution 1469 of 12 December 1959. Upon reviewing the resolution and
discovering its error, the UN would be obligated by its Charter to correct the error by
revoking UNGA Resolution 1469. Thus, the United States’ claim that “the political question
has been settled,” will be invalid. Likewise, the United States’ claim of sovereignty over the
Hawaiian Islands will be invalid. The inherent sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands would
become apparent and indisputable. Thus, the illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Islands
would come to an end, under international law, the U.S. will be required to withdraw its
claim and its presence from the Hawaiian Islands and the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands
as a sovereign, independent state would be affirmed and reinstated.
A simple review by the General Assembly of UNGA Resolution 1469 would trigger the
return of the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands to its proper standing as a sovereign,
independent, neutral country.

On the Ocean or in the Garden, the Key Is Nurturing the Soul

Bruce Blankenfeld is initiated „pwo“ master navigator. Sam Low

Re-post from Sam Low ; Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 4:22pm

Sam Low

When Hokule’a sails into Vineyard Haven on Tuesday, June 28 the captain and navigator Bruce Blankenfeld will guide her to Tisbury Wharf. Bruce stands over six feet tall and he weighs under 180 pounds. He is well built but not showy. Thick black hair caps a long handsome face. His eyes are set deep under full lids. His shoulders are large, his waist is slim and his forearms are those of an outrigger canoe paddler.

Bruce became involved with Hokule’a in 1977 by volunteering on training sails, along with working on construction and repair of the canoe in drydock. Since then, he has voyaged more then 70,000 miles throughout Polynesia and Micronesia and on voyages to Vancouver, Alaska and Japan. In 2007, in a sacred ceremony on the tiny Micronesian island of Satawal, he was initiated into the rank of pwo (master) navigator by Mau Piailug, the man who taught all of Hokule’a’s navigators the ancient art of navigating without instruments by following signs in nature.

Bruce Blankenfeld

“Bruce is the most natural ocean person I think I have ever met,” said Nainoa Thompson, navigator and president of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. “When he leaves the land and goes to sea there is no adjustment time. No nothing. Bruce changes from the land to the ocean by becoming completely relaxed. He calms people down because he’s so calm and relaxed himself. If you took the ocean away from Bruce, you would take away half his life. He is just so innately inclined to the ocean.”

When Bruce is on land, which is not often now that Hokule’a is sailing around the world on a voyage to malama honua (care for the planet), he is often found in his garden tending taro, a plant that was at the center of ancient Hawaiian farming and remains so today.

“For Bruce growing taro is in his genes,” said Nainoa. “Caring for the land nurtures his soul. Whenever he’s in his taro, I don’t bug him. I walk right on by. It’s his soul that is being nurtured along with the taro.”

“In the old days,” Bruce said, “Hawaiians all worked together on the taro patches. Of course the life style was totally different. It wasn’t based on economics, it was based on mutual understanding and working together. It was based on the Hawaiian concept of malama, caring for each other. Everybody got together, they worked on farming and they reaped the benefits from it. And everybody also had their own little plots, their own little farm. In the old days people worked together in the fish ponds, the taro fields and the sweet potato gardens for the basic sustenance of everyone.”

Hawaiians like Bruce have learned from their ancestors that all life is tied together in a seamless web, a concept that scientists today might refer to as ecology. The Hawaiian landscape inhabited by Hawaiians — which they called an ahupua’a — grades from mountaintop to ocean with each of the separate ecological zones providing food and all the basic resources to sustain life. Hawaiians of old believed the ocean and the sea were not separate; they were part of a much larger natural whole.

“Every plant and animal in the sea has a counterpart on land,” Bruce said. “A mana opelu is a kind of taro named after the opelu fish, the spots on the stock of the taro are the same as the spots on the belly of the opelu. The Kumu fish and the aholehole fish have their counterpart on land as taro and also as a pig. The pig was often used as an offering to the gods but when there was no pig available you could use either a kumu or an aholehole from the sea in the offering. Everything that you see on land is tied to something in the sea.”

The Hawaiian concept of malama which underlies the voyage of Hokule’a emerges from this basic idea of the unity of all life.

“When they used to go to the mountains and cut down trees for the canoes, our ancestors didn’t think that they were taking the tree’s life. There were ceremonies for cutting the trees and addressing the appropriate spirits. They were not taking the tree’s life, they were just altering its essence, taking it from the forest and putting it into the sea. And in Hawaii the sea and the land are tied together. The sea and the land rely on each other for life just like a woman and a man rely on each other to bring forth new life. You pollute your ocean and you hurt the land. You pollute your land and the ocean is going to feel it. Everything relies on each other for life. Animals, fish, birds deserve the respect that you treat all life with. That’s basic. Everything that is living deserves your respect. That’s why you don’t go cut down forests or pollute your environment, everybody and everything is related somehow.”

To learn more about Hokule’a and her voyage around the world, visit hokulea.com. Hokule’a will visit Martha’s Vineyard from June 28 to July 1 at Tisbury Wharf. Mr. Low is a former Hokule’a crewmember and the author of Hawaiki Rising – Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson and the Hawaiian Renaissance. He lives in Oak Bluffs.

 

Mahalo to:

Update to Ending Discrimination Against Hawaiian Nationals – 01.07.2020

Below is the just published update of the situation of SR 159
First I want to express my own thoughts:
Personally, I find it a shame that the „State legislature“ did not notice this particular change, or even wasted it! They were not aware of the importance and took it on the light shoulder. I wonder what’s really behind it? Didn’t the people who had to make the decision see the big picture? What are the motivations or facts that these people disagreed? Have they been manipulated by other „people“ or more? Why didn’t they want it? Questions come to me. So next week I’m trying to arrange an interview with Leon Siu and Poka Laenui to get more information and to discuss it.


Well, the State legislature had its chance to do the right thing, but the Senate Hawaiian Affairs committee chose kill SR 159, thus allowing discrimination against Hawaiian nationals.

The discussion showed again that these Hawaiian-American legislators are profoundly deaf, dumb and blind about the issue of NATIONALITY. No matter what we say, they think we’re asking them to create a new protected class or gain some kind of special privilege. They say this is not their kuleana, which is actually correct… they have no authority to create a new protected class or to recognize a sovereign nation. But that was not what we were asking them to do. What we very nicely saying is that your own laws say you’re not supposed to discriminate against a Hawaiian because of his/her nationality, just like you’re not supposed to discriminate against any other person because of his/her nationality. How hard is that?

The good thing is, the cat’s out of the bag. Just because the legislators chose ignore it, doesn’t make the problem go away. They can’t claim didn’t know about discrimination. We told them. Thus, they are now knowingly and willingly aiding and abetting discrimination.

Now that they blew their chance to make this right, it’s time to play hardball… CIVIL RIGHTS LAWSUITS! … stay tuned.

Comments and Questions:
  • Thk u Leon, this is showing how they dominate any legislation… mention it but drop it like a fly!
    You still was heard!
  • Why isnt the UN and NLG doing anything about it? Just curious.
  • This is the year we change the game. We need heirs to claim their ancestors lands and take
    control of the buildings that sit on those lands then activate our government and stop the fake state from carrying on their American ways.
  • Holllld up….if Hawaiian language is ok to use in court with a translator, then they recognize and are cognizant of our existence…so, what exactly is the problem? Because if the Corporation had <employment opportunities> with Filipino **nationals** on their military installations as civil jobs…why not extend that same diplomacy over to Hawaiian Kingdom Subjects? Oh…because we are not obligated to have any contracts with nuclear powers…
  • Mahalo Uncle Leon for everything you do for us and our future.
  • Leon Siu The legislators are acting deaf, dumb and blind so they don’t have to do anything about this huge problem of Hawaiian Nationality. The very presence of Hawaiian nationals is an existential threat to the State of Hawaii. The fact that Hawaiian nationals exist and are growing in numbers, is demolishing any U.S. claim to our Hawaii… Even with years of harassment, persecution, deprivation, strangulation and suffocation, they couldn’t make us go away… In fact, hardship has made us stronger and more determined. Sister Haunani Kay Trask in 1993 cut right to the chase when she declared at ʻIolani Palace, „We are not Americans“… „We will never be Americans“ … „We will die Hawaiians“… and I say, before we die… „WE WILL LIVE AS HAWAIIANS!“ EO! Aloha ʻĀina!
  • this legisloter not fm hawaii most of them from other state
  • That’s what I dont get she proposed it yet went backwards. It’s like waiving candy in front a keiki teasing them. Disgusted and now I mahalo them so much more because we rise higher! In stronger opposition mode! Still why isnt the UN and NLG stepping up more?
    Mahalo uncle Leon Siu
  • How was the vote broken down? Did they comment? What did they say?
    Mahalo for this important work, Leon Siu. In many ways, this is a good outcome, as it shows that a goodwill appeal was proactively made to the State for basic, decent recognition – and it was denied. This is a great addition to the list, to back up the position that we are trying our best to work toward peaceful resolution, in asking for international backup. Mahalo nui for doing all of this!
  • Leon Siu I watched their comments online. They tried to sound thoughtful and profound but were pretty inane. They were clueless about what the resolution was asking them to do. But itʻs okay because the resolution was like a trick question. No matter what the outcome, it establishes that discrimination is going on and the only question was how are you going to stop it? Itʻs like asking a public official, „Can you tell us, when did you stop beating your wife?“
  • Who’s on the SenateHawaiian Affairs Committee? Could be Asian colonial (local) attitudes prevail among them! Therefore, they would not or will (can) not understand the discrimination that exists toward na lahui!

Ending Discrimination Against Hawaiian Nationals – 28.06.2020

SR No. 159

“[U.S.] Federal laws prohibit discrimination based on a person’s national origin, race, color, religion, disability, sex, and familial status. …[Thus, it is] illegal to discriminate because of a person’s birthplace, ancestry, culture or language. This means people cannot be denied equal opportunity because they or their family are from another country, because they have a name or accent associated with a national origin group, because they participate in certain customs associated with a national origin group, or because they are married to or associated with people of a certain national origin.” — The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division

In violation of their own Federal laws, the State of Hawaii has been constantly harassing, persecuting, arresting, prosecuting and jailing Hawaiian nationals, treating us as if we are criminals or illegal aliens and preventing us from leading normal, ordinary lives. The State denies Hawaiian nationals services that are otherwise available to anyone else living in the Hawaiian Islands — unless we say we are “U.S. citizens” and that we reside in the “State of Hawaii.” Thus, the State has been forcing us Hawaiian nationals, through coercion, to assume U.S. citizenship in order to be able to live and function normally in our own country. Forced citizenship is a huge violation of international law.

Senate Resolution 159 on Hawaiian Nationality is being heard at the State Legislature. It is a rude awakening for lawmakers. It had never occurred to them that this shocking form of discrimination is going on, imbedded throughout the State government system. Senate Resolution 159 not only brings the violation to their attention, it forces them to create a remedy. SR 159 is predicated on the presumption that we Hawaiian nationals already exist and as such, have the right to live freely in our own country. The fact of Hawaiian nationality is yielded. All the State has to do is figure out how to make way for us.

The resolution calls upon the State to form a commission to recommend what the State should implement to treat Hawaiian nationals (and Hawaiian nationality) with proper respect and fairness under their own law. The good thing is, whether Senate Resolution 159 passes or not, the cat’s already out of the bag… This means the State’s discriminatory acts against Hawaiian nationals have to stop immediately, even before they figure out how they are going to adjust to us.
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Mahalo for the interest in SR 159. In a nutshell: First of all: the State of Hawaii can (and should) stop treating us Hawaiian nationals as if we are criminals or illegal aliens. The State can (and should) stop forcing Hawaiians to be U.S. citizens in order to live and function freely in our own country. This resolution is predicated on the premise that we Hawaiian nationals already exist and have the right to live freely in our own country. The action the resolution calls for is: for the State to form a commission to point out what the State has to do to treat Hawaiian nationals (and Hawaiian nationality) with proper respect.

Hawaiian Nationality Forum

Link:
Hawaiian Nationality Forum
S.J.Res.19
107th CONGRESS
Liberary of Congress
Public Law 103-150
PDF:
SR159

 


Celebrating the Hawaiian Kingdom
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Mahalo Nui Loa!
Malama Pono,
Leon Siu
Hawaiian National

Hail the Hokule’a, Twin Hulls of Heaven

Sam Law

By Sam Low  (Thursday, February 4, 2016 )

Four years ago today, Hokule’a, a faithful replica of an ancient sailing vessel used by the Polynesians to explore and settle the entire Pacific a thousand years before Europeans even knew that vast ocean existed, was sailing toward Martha’s Vineyard for a three-day visit. As I was involved with planning that visit, I will be celebrating this fourth year anniversary on this page with a variety of posts.

 

 


To a modern sailor’s eye, she appears strange. Her twin hulls are joined by laminated wooden crossbeams and fastened to them by six miles of rope lashings woven into complex patterns reminiscent of the art of M.C. Escher. A deck is lashed over the crossbeams. The hulls rise up sharply at bow and stern and terminate in a graceful arc, called a manu, where wooden figures with high foreheads and protruding eyes, the aumakua or guardian spirits, stare out over an empty sea. Viewed from above, the canoe’s strangeness is dispelled. She looks like a catamaran.

Hokule’a is a replica of the vessels used by Polynesians to settle one-third of our planet a thousand years before Europeans knew the Pacific Ocean existed. Launched in 1975, she has sailed 150,000 miles, following the routes taken by intrepid Polynesian explorers, navigated always as they would have done — without instruments or charts — by relying instead on signs in the stars, waves and flight of birds. In July, Hokule’a will visit Martha’s Vineyard on a voyage around the world to malama honua, care for Planet Earth.

Hokule’a’s shape is ancient but her construction is not. A thousand years ago, her sails would have been woven from Pandanus fronds, but no one knows how to do that today, so they are made of Dacron. Her hulls are fiberglassed marine plywood because the art of carving such canoes from live wood has vanished along with the ancient canoe makers, the kahuna kalai wa’a. She is a performance replica, designed to perform like an ancient vessel by using plans made by European explorers of the canoes they encountered in the 18th century.

“We wanted to test the theory that such canoes could have carried Polynesian navigators on long voyages of exploration throughout the Polynesian triangle,” said navigator Nainoa Thompson, “We wanted to see how she sailed into the wind, off the wind, how much cargo she could carry, how she stood up to storms. Could we navigate her without instruments? Could we endure the rigors of long voyages ourselves? Frankly, that was enough of a challenge. It didn’t matter if the canoe was made of modern materials as long as she performed like an ancient vessel.”

Hokule’a is 62 feet long, displaces about eight tons and carries a cargo, including her crew, of six tons. Sailing with a strong wind behind her, she rockets along at 15 knots. Sailing into the wind, on a voyage between Hawaii and Tahiti, she averages about five knots and a 2,400-mile journey usually takes about 25 days.

We sleep in the hulls, in small compartments about four feet wide and six long, covered by a tent stretched over the handrails. We cook on deck using a two-burner propane stove encased in a waterproof box. To go to the bathroom you walk aft, crawl under the handrails, stand on a narrow catwalk and hang on.

I first sailed aboard Hokule’a in 2000, on a voyage from Tahiti to Hawaii. Five years earlier, I had made the same voyage on a 40-foot sloop of impeccable modern design. The voyage turned out to be a severe test of endurance and patience. The sloop heeled over in the trade winds — about 30 degrees from vertical — and thrashed her way through heavy swells. We lived in a canted, pitching world for three weeks, emerging from that experience thrilled but exhausted.

My voyage aboard Hokule’a was quite different. A sailing vessel with a single hull like the sloop heels away from the wind, but Hokule’a distributes the wind’s torque across two hulls so she does not heel, providing a stable and comfortable living platform in even the most terrific of winds. And her hulls are lean and narrow, so she does not pound into the waves. She slices through them with what can only be described as grace. The contrast in oceangoing comfort between the modern sloop and the Hokule’a is like that on land between a truck and a Cadillac.

There are other advantages as well. Our navigators steer the canoe by the rising and setting stars and find their latitude by measuring a star’s altitude with their hands, or observing pairs of stars whirling together across the meridian over the north or south celestial poles. The open deck of the canoe, uncluttered by superstructure, permits clear sightlines all around — an open-air observatory. Her twin hulls also provide an opportunity for her crew to deploy other subtle human senses to determine direction at sea. Hokule’a invites her crew to dance and she dances one way if she’s encountering swells from forward and another way in swells from abeam. Her motion differs if she’s running with the wind or sailing into it. The possible combinations are infinite, so the choreography is complex. Hokule’a demands attention from her human partners. If they falter, she reminds them. If they turn off course and into the wind she slows and shakes her sails. “Listen to me,” she says, “Can you hear it?” An alert helmsman knows to push the canoe’s steering paddle down to help her fall off. If the helmsman turns downwind she speeds up and pulls at her tiller. “Pay attention,” she says. All these are clues to maintaining a steady course, an important task for any navigator but particularly so for one finding his way without instruments. Determining longitude depends on dead reckoning, and dead reckoning, in turn, depends on keeping track of your course.

Catamarans are considered a recent innovation inspired by racing sailors seeking speed. But in Polynesia, such craft were invented thousands of years ago. Limited by stone and shell tools and the lack of iron fastenings, Polynesians could not fashion large European style plank-on-frame ships. Small outrigger canoes would not be seaworthy for long voyages, nor could they carry the cargo and people necessary to settle new islands. Large outrigger canoes would be unwieldy. So someone, thousands of years ago, thought of bridging two canoes with a solid deck. An advanced sailing craft was born out of necessity confronting the limits of a primitive technology.

Part three of a series. To learn more about Hokule’a and her voyage around the world, visit hokulea.com. To learn more about her visit to Martha’s Vineyard you may contact Sam Low at samfilm2@gmail.com.

 

Cost of living in Hawaii

Laenui-Poka

Cost of living in Hawaii is a major concern. Let’s take a look at how housing investments affect this concern.

There is embedded within the psyche of our community a theory generally expressed by the term, “Free Country.” Around that concept we have seen wound the principle of contract, of capitalism, of economic principles of investments and return on investments. We have been led to a belief that these principles, if we just leave them alone and let them work themselves out, there will be an “invisible hand” which will swoop down on the society and make everything right.

Yet, we are constantly reminded of the misery which our population continually experiences, which has gone on for at least 40 years that I am aware of. This misery is the sickness of homelessness, where we see a growing population of individuals and now families, forced to live without proper shelter, and in that life-style they are tossed into, often being tagged with criminal violations and treated in the society with deep prejudices because of those houseless conditions. Those homeless cases are the extremes. There are many more individuals and families hiding in places away from public notice and police detection. And there are those in our population who are simply unable to afford the cost of owning their own home, or renting a home.

The ills of a homeless condition reach far beyond the matter of shelter for an individual or a family. From such a condition flows the impact on a deteriorating health, loss of employment, a personal sense of loss of self-worth, a break-up of the family unit, fear, alcoholism and drug abuse, shame. Homeless communities are forming and being chased out of public areas of hiding, to seek other hiding places. Some have even gone under freeways, under bridges, up into mountains, along crevices at the seashore, in abandoned vehicles, etc.

We have a tyranny of the market that has gone berserk. Hawaii’s housing sales have become a world-wide competition such that foreigners and aliens are free to transport their monies across our Hawai`i borders with little resistance. That world capital investment game can see a large flow of money entering our shores and purchasing as many housing units including condominiums, tying up the market and sitting on these units till the next buyer decides to invest and a trade-off occurs. The State government says nothing of it because they are happy to tax these transactions and the counties too profit by the increase in “property values” determined by the increase sale transactions, which only goes to fill up the counties’ coffers. Our banks and other financial institutions say nothing about it because they too are tied into this affair, profiting from the economic activities of lending and collecting for the increased construction and the increased services they produce.

Let us be mindful that it is not only foreigners (those living in the U.S.A. mainland) and aliens (those living outside of U.S.A. mainland, but not of Hawai`i) who are important aspects of our problem of housing shortage, but they also include residents of Hawai`i who also see Hawai`i housing as investment opportunities. Many of these investors see the increasing housing demand as favorable for their investments, giving little or no attention to the social ills which they contribute to by this investment!

The other part of this economic cycle lacking the proper social consciousness are sellers of such real property, whose general interest is found in a profit motive and will naturally sell to the highest buyer.

The government, generally expected to act as the watchdog over the social and economic wellness of the society, have not connected the economic activity adequately with the social impact such activity is having and is engaged in supporting these economic activities.

We need to call for a new public policy aimed at making homes available to our residents. One way of doing this is to limit to 1 resident an individual is entitled. There should no longer be any hording of real property for investment purposes. If a buyer is not going to use said property as his/her primary residence, there will be a penalty to pay for the purchase and for the continuing annual retention of such residence to assist in the housing shortage which exist in Hawaii.

Any person owning more than one residential unit in Hawaii will be prohibited from purchasing another unless and until that person has relinquished his current residence to a local buyer in Hawaii who will use said residence as his/her home.

There will be attempts by some individuals to disperse their real property residential ownerships to members of their family who may not actually use such other real property as their residence. There may be attempts to name children still living in the same family household as residence of another home which the investor wishes to retain.

Laws will have to be adjusted to meet those attempts to circumvent the policy, including investigations and penalties whenever a person claims to reside in a property and it is found not to be the case. Any transfer of title to real property to a person who does not truly reside on said property, or if the transfer is merely a sham covered over with a title transfer, but with a side agreement or understanding that the property will be returned or managed under the instruction of the transferring person, if found out, the “side agreement or understanding” should be considered an attempt to defraud the government and such a side agreement could be set aside or declared null and void and the transfer will be recognized as valid without any such side agreement.

There may be other attempts to circumvent the law and such attempts will have to be dealt with by the courts or the legislature after the initial policy and the guidelines and legal codes adopted to carry out the policy is made. There are other experiences in Pacific Island nations which follow somewhat similar prohibitions against certain types of investments, and although there have been attempts to circumvent the law, the legal systems have dealt with such situations.

Real estate in Hawaii is too important to be used with such a negative impact as the type of homelessness which we suffer today. We should not have to continue under the present condition which sees the incoming flight of capital to Hawai`i while at the same time, we witness the outgoing flight of our local population because they can’t even afford to have a home in Hawai`i.

Yes, the adoption and practice of this policy of limiting investing families only one residential unit will take time to become a practice. But if we are serious about controlling Hawaii’s future for Hawaii’s people, this is certainly one place where we need to begin that control.

Poka Laenui for the Hawaii National Transitional Authority Working Group

 

Link:
Hawaiian Perspectives

 

Choose Federal Recognition or Free Hawaiian Kingdom

Laenui-Poka

This is a re-post on another page, (Aha Aloha Aina). I am re-posting believing it important to be shared here as well.

A woman writes, “Why would you choose federal recognition when you can have a free Hawaiian Kingdom with reparations for the illegal occupation?”

1st, she presents the question as either one or the other, i.e. one automatically eliminates the other! Federal Recognition OR Independence. I challenge that limited view of the fight for Hawaiian Sovereignty. As a Hawaiian National, I will not limit my fight for Hawaiian Sovereignty by sticking my head in the sand and pretend that there is no other reality. As I stand in the U.S. Courts and challenge the jurisdiction of the courts over myself or my clients, I also prepare to use the laws of the United States, of Hawaii, of the applicable rules of court, of the U.S. & Hawaii Constitutions, the Ordinance of the various counties, etc. in defense of my clients. I will also use international laws and principles to assert such defense. The fact that I declare myself a Hawaiian national in no way foreclose my right and responsibility to my clients, to raise all appropriate defenses, wherever found.

Of course, those who do not want the Hawaiians to have sovereignty are glad to see this all or nothing approach. It means there will be no trouble with Hawaiian nationals who will not fight but just complain about lack of U.S. jurisdiction as they are marched (defiantly) off to jail!

There is also the other extreme side of Federal Recognition. Those are the folks who do not want Hawaiian independence, wants to stay now and forever, a part of the United States. At most, they can go along with a degree of reparation – ala the Native Alaskan Settlement Claims Act, or the Aloha bill with an attached extermination clause! They see Hawaiian rights only to the extent of Indigenous people’s rights to autonomy within a U.S. colonial regime.

As for me, I choose to use whatever tool, weapon, device, tactic, or advocacy that is appropriate to the fight for Hawaiian sovereignty. As I’ve said before, “The quest is not to walk the straight path, but to learn to walk the crooked path straight!” To the extent Federal Recognition can provide advantages which can be used to advance our education, the protection of Hawaiian trusts, loan programs, etc., I say use those advantages. To the extent Federal Recognition will give greater assurance to the protection of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, to the protection of the Hawaiian Homestead programs, to the protection of and recovery of Native Hawaiian burial and other sacred sites, to the protection and practice of our traditional religious forms, to secure the perpetuation of our environment, I believe we should champion those provisions.

Any time any program within Federal Recognition calls for the extinguishment of our right to self-determination or any other right established in international law, we should fight against it and always stand firm that any declaration of such extinguishment made by the colonial administration is legally and morally invalid. We need not wait to see that call for extinguishment when Federal Recognition comes into effect. Even today, without Federal Recognition, the State and Federal government’s agents carry on a pretense that we must accept extinguishment of our National claims in order to work within the U.S. systems. We need to be vigilant to those attempts and stop it in its tracts.

An example of this practice was employed against me by Federal Judge Sam King who insisted that I could not practice law in the Federal Court if I refuse to say I was a U.S. citizen. He found me in contempt of court. I challenged that determination and the result is that I continue to be authorized to practice law in all the Federal and State courts in Hawaii, without having to declare U.S. citizenship. There are many other examples of such tactics to erase our identity as Hawaiian nationals. Many of our public schools continue to practice the morning American pledge of allegiance as part of the school day. My daughter, when in the 1st grade at Wai`anae, told her teacher she would not join in because the American government stole the Hawaiian nation from our Queen. The next day, a boy in her class said that if Pua`Ena need not say that pledge, he was not going to say it as well. Within a month, the full class refused to join in that pledge. Our vigilance in protecting our national identity must be a constant alert, regardless of whether Federal Recognition is accorded us by the U.S. government.

Progress has been made. You may recall the State/OHA attempt to call a Native Hawaiian Convention, sometimes called the Na`i Aupuni convention in 2016. Three significant things occurred there. 1 – the State/OHA did not require one be a U.S. citizen in order to be nominated or vote for delegate in that election process. 2 – the U.S. government’s Department of the Interior changed course in its final rule, dropping the requirement that a member of a Federally Recognized Hawaiian nation must be a U.S. citizen! 3 – the members of that congregation agreed that we should continue to strive for our full rights of self-determination as understood in international law! The failures of that gathering were numerous but let us not also observe those positive aspects of that aha. (My full evaluation is scheduled to be published soon.)

Hawaiian Independence and Federal Recognition contain numerous common attributes. We need to see the potential for both pathways to unite our people as we continue to strive to bring about our sovereignty. A nation divided against itself cannot stand.

A hui hou. Poka Laenui

CHAD KĀLEPA BAYBAYAN TALKS ABOUT MEETING EDDIE AIKAU

Eddie Aikau is one of the most famous of all Hawaiian big wave surfers and watermen. During the ten years he served as head lifeguard at Oahu’s Waimea Bay, his supervisors credited him with over a thousand rescues. In 1971, because of his daring and disarmingly humble demeanor, he was voted “Life Guard of the Year” by his peers. In 1977, he won the prestigious Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship. A year later Kālepa Baybayan (now a pwo navigator) met Eddie for the first time at a Hōkūle’a crew training session – and was introduced to a man that he will never forget.

“In 1978, when the canoe was going to go back to Tahiti, I got to try out for the crew. That was a big experience in my life, and the whole richness of the experience was the guy I met in crew training. When I walked into the room for the first meeting I saw that they were looking for big-time lifeguards and I felt kind of intimidated. I was from the neighbor islands and I was real shy. I didn’t know anybody and I thought that my chances probably weren’t real good. I walked into the room and there was this big wave surfer that had just won a surf contest on Oahu and I kind of didn’t want to hang around in that crowd. I just wanted to leave right away, so as soon as the meeting got done I rushed up to the elevator and as I got into the elevator, that big wave surfer got in with me. It was just me and him and I remember standing in the corner and trying to blend into the walls and that guy looks me in the eyes and in this real Hawaiian way he walks over and looks at me and he says, ‘Hey brother, we’re going to be trying out for this crew together, hey, more better we start out by being friends.’ And I still remember those words, ‘more better we start out by being friends.’ And he stuck his hand out and he says, ‘Hi, my name is Eddie Aikau.’ And that’s how I met Eddie Aikau.
Eddie Aikau was probably the most different guy I ever knew. He was this big wave surfer but he was just so humble, just so pleasant to be around, so befriending, you know?
He gave me a ride back to school that night and he drove this old beat-up bug and I remember that his car was like bussup on all sides, but inside it was immaculate. And he said he had a rule that no one could smoke in his car. And then, he said, ‘hey, call me up if you ever need a ride or if you ever want to come over and hang out.” He took me over to where he lived and I met his family and I just found out how really different was this guy. He was really healthy. He told me ‘I have to be healthy because of my job as a lifeguard. It requires that I don’t do drugs or anything like that. I just can’t. If you are going to surf big waves,’ he said, ‘if you want to survive you got to be strong.’ Here was a guy that to me recognized the things he wanted to do in life – which was to surf big waves and be a lifeguard – and he also recognized that to do that and survive there were certain things that he couldn’t do, so he was really disciplined. He was in great shape. He lived next door to his parents. He had his own house. His house was the same way like his car – immaculate. You walk into his house and there are all these surfboards in the rafters of the ceiling but it was just so neat. And you know he used to go to church on Sundays. He would take his parents to church, which I found really unique. Most guys, if the surf was up, they would go surfing but Eddie had a commitment to his parents. He cared for them that way.
His middle name was Makua Hanai, which means “raised by parents” or “caring for parents” – both ways – your parents care for you and you care for your parents. Meeting Eddie just changed my whole attitude toward how you treat people. I still remember those words, ‘more better we start off by being friends.’
My esteem – my evaluation of myself – was not very high and here was a guy that really just wanted to be my friend. He was just a humble guy and he just – that was all he wanted to do, He was a famous big wave surfer but so what? What it changed was my attitude towards treating people when they step on the canoe. You know, we are going to start off by being friends. I am going to treat you like family because that is what you deserve. Anybody that steps on the canoe, or anybody that becomes involved in my life deserves that kind of respect.
I had never been recognized that way – that I had something valid, and some kind of potential to offer – anything. In the Voyaging Society I soon realized that I had a lot to offer but part of that was recognizing that when you get on the canoe you gotta treat each other like friends, like friends.”
The above is from an interview in February 1999 by Sam Low. He hopes that the insights captured in this interview will last through all time…
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Eddie Aikau perished at sea in March of 1978 after Hōkūle’a capsized while on a voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti. He heroically attempted to paddle to land to alert rescuers of the peril of his crew clinging to the overturned canoe drifting in high winds and seas.
His memory is carried aboard Hōkūle’a on all of her voyages in the hearts of her crewmembers. The “Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau” event was established in 1984 in his honor.
Inspired by Eddie’s treatment of him at that crew meeting, Chad Kālepa Baybayan has come a long way. In 2007, Mau Piailug initiated him and four other Hawaiian navigators into the order of Pwo, the two-thousand-year-old society of deep-sea navigators. He has sailed on all major Hōkūleʻa voyages and has served as captain on Hōkūleʻa as well as voyaging canoes Hawai‘iloa and Hōkūalaka‘i. Kālepa currently is the Navigator in Residence at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i developing wayfinding activities, curriculum materials, and conducting outreach.

Sam Low repostet this in The Navigators – Pathfinders of the Pacific 11.06.2020