Welcome – Welcome to Hawaiian Perspectives

Poka Laenui
January 5

This is a facebook entry on Jan. 3, 2019 in a different person’s account. However, it seems the subject is important enough that I thought I should share it on my own facebook account. A person named Vernal writes: My argument stands firm, Fed Wreck is of no benefit to Hawaiians as it is presented, it is in my opinion a surrender of all Hawaiian Rights to an empire bent on establishing total colonization since failing to properly annex Hawaii as prescribed by international law. I see they’re maneuvering as an attempt to convince Hawaii to disregard the illegalities used to possess the Hawaiian Islands and forget the history of failure and just all out aggression, oppression, and belligerent military occupation of lands they do not pay for. America is not a picture of perfection, they lie to their people with propaganda about having to go to war to protect American Freedom when there is no threat of any kind. We need not be an American Colony, so why are we?

Here is my reply: Mahalo for your well stated position on Federal Recognition and the implied juxtaposition for Hawaiian Independence. I believe your statement is very valid. I understand it very well.
I also believe that there are other Hawaiian nationals who have reason for their own to support Federal Recognition as a pathway to pono. Here are some of the arguments on the other side of the question:
1) Federal Recognition is not equivalent to Extinguishment of our International Rights of Hawaii and her citizens/nationals. If you review the earlier expressions of Federal Recognition under the various proposed statutes introduced by Akaka and Inouye, those versions were also clear that the statute would not constitute an extinguishment of the international rights of the people. I kept my eyes on this point while the Akaka bill winded its way through the legislative process. If you see any words of such extinguishment, please point them out to me. Let me also note that the DOI final rules do not limit membership in that Hawaiian nation they speak of NEED NOT BE U.S. CITIZENS! Did you know that?

2) The concept that a colonizer is free to extinguish human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as international humanitarian and decolonization rights simply by a domestic law or declaration of that colonizer is contrary to the whole principle of international law. That does not stop such colonizers as the United States of America from trying to do so, but it also demands that we remain eleu and step into the fray whenever that attempt is made. (See the International Call for the UN to review the action taken to remove Hawaii from the list of places to be decolonized, as well as the UN General Assembly Resolution we are submitting to specifically achieve that – found at www.hawaiianperspectives.org under United Nations Tab)

3) If you review the document which came out of the Na`i Aupuni congregation in March 2016, you may be interested to note that the Preambular statement was very clear regarding our rights in the international community. It read in part: We reaffirm the National Sovereignty of the Nation. We reserve all rights to Sovereignty and Self-determination, including the pursuit of independence. (See paragraph 2 of Preamble, Constitution of the Native Hawaiian Nation)

It repeats itself in stating: Article 4 – National Right to Self-Determination

The Nation has the right to self-determination, including but not limited to, the right to determine the political status of the Nation and freely pursue economic, social, cultural, and other endeavors.

You can find the proposed Constitution of the Native Hawaiian Nation at www.hawaiianpersepctives.org under documents tab, Hawaiian Sovereignty

4) I agree with your statement, America is not a picture of perfection. Even most who support Federal Recognition agree with that statement. Your declaration that “they lie to their people with propaganda about having to go to war to protect American Freedom where there is no threat of any kind” is merely the beginning of the imperfection of the U.S. government! That list could continue much longer.

5) However, that does not mean that for some people who are so steeped in colonization, will have no temporary or permanent benefit under Federal Recognition. Here are some reasons why others may say they can find some merit in Federal Recognition:

a) This would be greater assurance that the Hawaiian Homestead program will be more firmly protected as opposed to the precarious position it has today as a racially discriminatory program; We can have the protective umbrella of our homesteads while we continue to fight for our independence!
b) The protection over the Ali`i Trusts will be insured by Federal Recognition such that Kamehameha Schools would be able to continue with its policy of native Hawaiian preferences rather than having to go to court and pay off litigants before a final decision is made by the U.S. Supreme Court against the School’s tax status;
c) Other trust such as Lili`uokalani Trust will be protected even more firmly as a not-for-profit organization even though it has a generally preferential treatment to native Hawaiian orphans, half orphans, and Hawaiian communities,
d) Special legislation regarding Native Hawaiian Health and Native Hawaiian Education will be protected if Federal Recognition of the Hawaiian people is passed,
e) Protection of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and perhaps limiting the people who can seek the office of Trusteeship as well as those who can vote limited to only the po`e Hawaii instead of anyone else in Hawaii, including the opportunity to design a place among native Hawaiians who are not living in Hawaii and those who may declare themselves Hawaiian nationals rather than limited to only U.S. Citizens, as is the present requirement;
f) Establishment and extension of a Native Hawaiian school system without having to face the suits against discrimination;
g) Establishment of a Native Hawaiian national banking system across all of the Hawaiian islands;
h) Development of a Pacific Island consortium of trade, sports, cultural exchange which is limited to Hawaii and other Pacific Islanders to the exclusion of the U.S. government, somewhat of a similar kind as the Kuna people of Panama.
i) Many other possibilities can be achieved under Federal Recognition, limited only to our imagination and willingness to pursue.

6) Federal Recognition need not be an end. It can be a stepping stone to greater international recognition. Study the decolonization path of Vanuatu, previously the New Hebrides, colonized by two colonizers, England and France in what was called a Condominium arrangement. Because of the competing colonial laws which both ruled over the local people, everyone agreed to create a third entity, an internal colonial structure over which the local people could develop their own government over their own affairs, a sort of Colonial (Federal) Recognition. The people went along with that arrangement, formed their government, and subsequently took a vote, one for decolonization. That vote outcome began the process of this colony, New Hebrides to emerge into that beautiful nation of Vanuatu, independent and free.

7) Once a “nation” is recognized by the Feds, whatever colonial limitation is placed over that “nation”, it is more than just a legal structure created by Federal Law. It becomes a political personality whose growth and expansion, when managed properly, can eventually become the next Vanuatu of the Pacific. It can have a political presence in the Pacific Islands Forum, a status in one of the United Nations special categories with standing at its various committees, at the U.N. General Assembly, as a transitional authority or as a liberation organization. Such a political entity need not be limited by Federal Recognition laws but can grow and expand far beyond such limitations. That is the story of empowerment!

I have tried to present another perspective to Federal Recognition. But more important than being posed as a choice between this OR Independence, I suggest the Hawaiian nation and our quest for Pono is broad enough not to be limited by that limiting word of exclusion, “OR’. Hawaiian nationhood is broad enough to be inclusive.

We can move forward, and we should move forward in a broad expression of our human rights and fundamental freedoms. We should move forward under an INCLUSIVE banner of “AND”. We should not be dividing ourselves as one or another side but recognize that we are all struggling for the same goal, Pono in our Hawaiian nation.

Against I recite Abraham Lincoln’s caution: “A Nation Divided Against itself cannot long Stand.” As well as Jonah Kuhiō waring, “Stop acting like the alamihi crab, pulling one another down as we try to get out of the bucket!” Inclusion is the path toward Pono.

A hui hou,

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Ke Aupuni Update

March 23, 2019

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. 

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.

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  • On the Verge of UN Breakthrough…

Aloha!  I have just returned from another very productive trip to the two main offices of the United Nations: Geneva, Switzerland and New York City.

In Geneva I attended the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council where, besides the council meetings and the parallel events, I was able to meet in the margins of the main session, with diplomats from UN member states, UN experts and officers, international journalists and other delegations (like us) knocking on the door of the UN seeking remedy for their situations.

As I mentioned in an earlier report, when we started out, the diplomats and UN officials would cordially express “interest” and politely wish us luck. But a few years ago, the mood began to shift from, “That’s very interesting” to genuine curiosity (“Do you think that’s possible?”) and now, to getting involved (“How do you think we can help?”).

We have been gaining traction with each successive trip. Now, when I call on these diplomats, they are eager to learn how we are progressing, and better yet, offering suggestions and advice on how we could proceed to attain our goal. This new level of engagement is happening at the UN offices on both sides of the Atlantic.

As I mentioned before, the UN in New York City is home to the United Nations’ main “governing bodies,” namely: the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Secretary General (and the agencies, committees and offices that serve these entities). The UN in New York is where any decision that will affect our status as a country will ultimately be made.

I am happy to report that we are on the verge of having some countries friendly to our cause, submit initiatives to the General Assembly that will trigger a UN inquiry of the United States’ claim of sovereignty over the Hawaiian Islands. This might sound cryptic, but it has to be for now. The strategy is tied to several other components that will help other peoples and nations who are seeking independence. The operating principle is, to quote a favorite saying of President John F. Kennedy, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” Sorry to be vague about specifics at this time, but soon we will be able to speak more openly.

In the months to come, we will have to step up activities to advance these initiatives. That means not only regular trips to the UN, but making visits to the capitals of certain key countries to speak with their leaders to garner their support. This will require committing more resources — both human and material.

To better understand what we are doing in Foreign Affairs, go to:

http://www.hawaiiankingdom.net/HawaiianKingdom.net/Foreign_Affairs.html

It’s part of the website: www.HawaiianKingdom.net

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The Campaign to Free Hawaiʻi is funded by people like YOU… 

We cannot do this crucial work without your help… your kokua. 

It takes funding to make these important accomplishments happen and we deeply appreciate all financial contributions, large or small. 

Any amount you contribute will make a huge impact on our ability to continue this work (and can be tax-deductible if needed). 

We have much to accomplish in 2019 and your contributions toward that are very important and needed.

Your KŌKUA is greatly appreciated! 

To contribute, go to https://GoFundMe.com/FreeHawaii

Mahalo Nui Loa!

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Malama pono,

Leon Siu

Ke Aupuni Update 9 March 2019

copyright 2019 keaupuniKeeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. 
Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.
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Leon Siu – Hawaiian National
The Quick Facts Series…
THE SITUATION OF
THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS
QUICK FACTS #7
CAUSING PEOPLE TO “SEE” US
The most important component of any nation is its people. When we say the Hawaiian Kingdom still exists, the big question is: Where are its people?
Starting 120 years ago, the US began altering the identity of our people changing us from Hawaiian to American — from Hawaiian subjects to U.S. citizens. Eventually it got to the point where Hawaiian nationality was completely forgotten. Our identity got so lost in the mix, it is no wonder the world today can’t “see“ us. In fact, we can hardly see ourselves!
This invisibility is the biggest advantage the US uses against us. Out of sight, out of mind. If people can’t see us, how can they see our country? How will they understand our country still exists? Right now they see us as friendly, compliant natives of an American island-state called “Hawaii” instead of the people of a sovereign, independent nation. Unfortunately, that is also how many of our people see themselves. Unless that perception changes among ourselves, others will not take us seriously.
The sooner we stop identifying ourselves as Americans (U.S. citizens) and acting as if we are Americans; and the sooner we start believing we are Hawaiian subjects and behave as such; the more the kingdom will come into focus… in our own minds-eye and in the eyes of the world.
Changing how we “see” ourselves is not as hard as you think. Start with one simple thing: Stop using the word “mainland” when referring to the United States. Every time you stop yourself from saying “mainland“ you’ll be recalibrating your mind into seeing the Hawaiian Islands, not America, is our main land.
As we assert our nationality and begin living as free Hawaiians, we assume the authority to operate our country with  pono and  kuleana, pushing aside the fraud of the U.S. and its fake “State of Hawaii.”
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
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The Campaign to Free Hawaiʻi is funded by people like YOU… 
We cannot do this crucial work without your help… your kokua. 
It takes funding to make these important accomplishments happen and we deeply appreciate all financial contributions, large or small. 
Any amount you contribute will make a huge impact on our ability to continue this work (and can be tax-deductible if needed). 
We have much to accomplish in 2019 and your contributions toward that are very important and needed.
Your KŌKUA is greatly appreciated! 
 
To contribute, go to  https://GoFundMe.com/FreeHawaii
Mahalo Nui Loa!
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Malama pono,
Leon Siu

 

Ke Aupuni Update

February 23, 2019
Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. 
Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.
———
Leon Siu – Hawaiian National
• Two UN HQs — Geneva and New York…
Aloha!  I’m sending this to you from Geneva, Switzerland, one of the two headquarters of the United Nations. Iʻm here for a couple of weeks.
The Palais des Nations is a sprawling complex with numerous conference rooms and hundreds of offices. This is where the Human Rights Council holds its major sessions three times a year, their Universal Periodic Reviews, and it’s numerous other meetings throughout the year. The Palais des Nations is also where high level talks dealing with the crises in Syria, the Sudan, Myanmar, refugees, migrants, etc., etc. take place. And that’s why we’re here. The people here are focused on humanitarian concerns and are more receptive to human rights side of the situation in Hawaii. Geneva is the headquarters of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Human Right Council, the Human Rights Committee, etc.
While in Geneva, I will be attending the 40th session of the Human Rights Council to reiterate and reemphasize the numerous reports and complaints that our people have been submitting for years to bring awareness and empathy to our plight. Mahalo to the many individuals and groups who made their voices known in those human rights venues.
Other significant operations of the UN also located in Geneva are: The World Health Organization, The World Trade Organization, the International Labor Organization, the World Intellectual Properties Organization, and so forth. One could say the UN in Geneva is more sympathetic to the human side of international affairs. Geneva is where we have been able to get our story exposed to the international community, „to get our foot in the door”… And it will continue to be a source of friendly relations and mutual support.
• Meanwhile at the UN in New York City…
The UN in New York City is what you usually see in the news. It is home to the United Nation’s ‘governing bodies’ … the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Secretary General. We have maintained at least a perfunctory presence at the UN New York for the last 20 years and are about to dramatically increase our efforts there. More about that in coming installments of Ke Aupuni Update.
• Ku Kiaʻi Mauna! 
The judge in the contested case hearing of the Thirty Meter Telescope decided to ignore the overwhelming body of testimony against its construction, and gave it the green light. The State Supreme Court upheld that decision. So according to the State, the UH, and all the local and international conspirators, the TMT is a go.
But is it? Another showdown is brewing. Lines are being drawn. Protectors are preparing to prevent the construction; The state law enforcement has been given substantial funding (and training) to confront, arrest and prosecute any and all blocking the construction. The state is building a goon squad and adopting ways to restrict public (protectors) access.  Protectors are trusting in Aloha ʻĀina and non-violent resistance, …  Both sides are determined to prevail. Pray that Kapu Aloha prevails and keeps things from getting nasty.
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The Campaign to Free Hawaiʻi is funded by people like YOU… 
We cannot do this crucial work without your help… your kokua. 
It takes funding to make these important accomplishments happen and we deeply appreciate all financial contributions, large or small. 
Any amount you contribute will make a huge impact on our ability to continue this work (and can be tax-deductible if needed). 
We have much to accomplish in 2019 and your contributions toward that are very important and needed.
Your KŌKUA is greatly appreciated! 
To contribute, go to  https://GoFundMe.com/FreeHawaii
Mahalo Nui Loa!
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Malama pono,
Leon Siu

 

Aloha to all my friends in Geneva and vicinity!

E KALA MAI…
Aloha kakou,
Aloha to all my friends in Geneva and vicinity! Hope you are well and that the New Year brings fulfillment and success.
This is to let you know that I will be in Geneva to attend the first two weeks of the 40th Session of the Human Rights Council that starts on Monday, 25 February.
I look forward to touching bases with you to catch up on new developments and share our mutual concerns.
Attached are: 1) Hawaii Update Feb 2019 on our situation and 2) DIVA Jan_2019 excerpt 2 copy from Issue no. 1, 2019 of Diva International Diplomat, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent state.
A hui hou,
Leon Siu

Ke Aupuni Aupdate February 9, 2019

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. 

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.

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Leon Siu – Hawaiian National

  • Just returned from New York meetings with Diplomats…

My meetings in New York City with diplomats, experts and movers and shakers at the UN went very well. We are making good progress with plans to have a resolution submitted to the General Assembly this Spring that will trigger a turning of the tide in our favor. Sorry to be cryptic, but weʻll be able to share more as things develop.

Mahalo nui for those who contributed in funding and other ways to make the trip possible.

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The Quick Facts Series…

THE SITUATION OF 

THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

QUICK FACTS #6

Maintaining a Presence…

Advocating for our country’s freedom in the international arena requires being there, in-person, as frequently as possible. This is necessary to not only establish but to maintain a presence and urgency about our cause. Otherwise, with all the intense crises going on in the world, the Hawaii situation can easily fall by the wayside and disappear. „Out of sight, out of mind” can be very real in the international scheme of things.  Fortunately, the cause for independence for the Hawaiian Islands has developed credibility and traction in the international community because we have been persistent in showing up.

Over the past 12 years, we have attended over 40 international meetings, mostly at the United Nations in both Geneva and New York; but also the European Union in Brussels and Strasbourg; the Melanesian Spearhead Group in New Caledonia, the Pacific Islands Development Forum in Fiji, the Pacific Islands Forum, and so forth. We have also made trips to South Korea, Taiwan, England, the Netherlands, Cuba, Bern, the capitol of Switzerland to meet with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Universal Postal Union. We have also made frequent visits to Washington, D.C.

Attending and participating in these meetings involves a great deal of travel. The more progress we make, the more travel will be required by our diplomats. In the coming months it will be necessary to visit various capitals of various countries for face-to-face talks with the presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, parliamentarians (legislators) to discuss our situation.

As I’ve mentioned before, foreign diplomats used to say, “That’s a very interesting story, I wish you well with the challenges you face.” Now they are saying, “How do you think we can help?” This represents a quantum shift! The international community is starting to “see“ us!

Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

In Quick Facts installment #7 we’ll discuss what we can do here at home to cause people to “see” us.

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Malama pono,

Leon Siu

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The Campaign to Free Hawaiʻi is funded by people like YOU… 

We cannot do this crucial work without your help… your kokua. 

It takes funding to make these important accomplishments happen and we deeply appreciate all financial contributions, large or small. 

Any amount you contribute will make a huge impact on our ability to continue this work (and can be tax-deductible if needed). 

We have much to accomplish in 2019 and your contributions toward that are very important and needed.

Your KŌKUA is greatly appreciated! 

To contribute, go to https://GoFundMe.com/FreeHawaii

Mahalo Nui Loa!

——–

Malama pono,

Leon Siu

The Wo Hing Society and Museum: Introduction

Introduction of The Wo Hing Society and Museum as prepared by Busaba Yip. In this video recording, Yip was asked about the Chinese on the Hawaiian Islands, and there was an interruption.

Relevant points of interest:

1) Cantons spread to Hawaiian Islands, San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, but many more Cantons were sent to African continent as slaves;

2) Sun Yat-sen’s connection to Japan.

Support by:

The Lahaina Restoration Foundation

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Office Of Economic Development

The Wo Hing Society

4717 Chinese New Year of Pig, a presentation

Presentation of the 4717th Chinese New Year of Pig, as prepaired by Busaba Yip at The Wo Hing Society and Museum, located at Lahaina of County Of Maui on Hawaiian Islands.

Points of interest discussed include:

1) How Lion Dance originates from Persia, mainly because of the Silk Road and related trade activity;

2) During Lion Dance, „lettuce“ is passed; practice from Qing Dynasty for passing money and messages;

3) Cantons are located near shorelines (like Lahaina on Maui island and Hong Kong; while Hakka are visitors and located near mountains (Kula on Maui island).

Support by:

The Lahaina Restoration Foundation

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Office Of Economic Development

The Wo Hing Society

 

Ke Aupuni Update

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. 
Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.
———
Leon Siu – Hawaiian National
• Article in Diva International Diplomat…
In early December we posted a montage of just a few of the many articles showing the attention we are getting from the international press. Well…
In its first issue of the New Year,  Diva International Diplomat, one of the most prestigious publications from the UN in Geneva featured a story about Hawaiian Independence Day. The story was originally scheduled to be printed in the November 2018 issue to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of Lā Kuʻokoʻa, but due to other priorities at Diva, it was shifted to the January 2019 issue. Just as good…as we are getting ready to celebrate the Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
In the past, this magazine for diplomats featured stories of whether Alaska and Hawaii are actually U.S. states. The September 2018 issue featured an article about Alaska natives’ struggle for self-determination. (In it, there is a picture taken a few years ago of Poka Laenui with Dr. Alfred deZayas at a conference in Alaska.)
In discussing topics for the article with the editor of Diva last September, we wanted to first address one of the biggest challenges we have with diplomats — getting them to grasp the fact that the Hawaiian Kingdom is already a recognized sovereign, independent country… We decided what better way to make that point than to share the compelling story of how that recognition was achieved… and what better opportunity than the 175th anniversary of that achievement? Thus, this article.
In the future, Diva and other international publications, will be helping us frame the vision for a Free Hawaii; that it is not about a break-up of a relationship, it is about a return to pono … to bring things into proper balance. We are seeking to normalize and resume a healthy, respectful, productive, peaceful, sovereign-nation-to-sovereign-nation relationship with the United States… and the rest of the world… and to do it with Aloha
Stay tuned for future coverage in the international media.
* email me to request a pdf of the entire magazine
• Two days of Onipaʻa and Kuʻe…
For two days last week the grounds of ʻIolani Palace and the (soon-to-be Hawaiian Kingdom) Capitol building were saturated with the sights and sounds of Onipa’a and Kuʻe. It was intense… and glorious… celebrating the fact that the Hawaiian Kingdom is alive, growing and on the move. Thousands of people participated in highly visible activities dominating the area of the capitol and the palace. Mahalo to all who organized the events… and to all who came to ku’e and kakoʻo! It was an awesome two days.
• To New York to meet with International Diplomats…
By the time you get this update, Iʻll be in New York City for meetings with diplomats, dignitaries and movers and shakers at the UN. We are going over plans for the introduction of a resolution to the General Assembly later this Spring that we believe will help to turn the tide in our favor. Weʻll share more as things develop.
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The Campaign to Free Hawaiʻi is funded by people like YOU… 
We cannot do this crucial work without your help… your kokua. 
It takes funding to make these important accomplishments happen and we deeply appreciate all financial contributions, large or small. 
Any amount you contribute will make a huge impact on our ability to continue this work (and can be tax-deductible if needed). 
We have much to accomplish in 2019 and your contributions toward that are very important and needed.
Your KŌKUA is greatly appreciated! 
To contribute, go to  https://GoFundMe.com/FreeHawaii
 
Mahalo Nui Loa!
——–
Malama pono,
Leon Siu