I have recently returned from Hawaii where I met with several who support our kanaka maoli who are in mainland private prisons. While in Honolulu, I was sent word that all volunteers who visit the prison in Arizona are no longer accepted and are permanently banned. The reason was vague and undistinguished, but in correspondance with the Warden I was told the following
"I have had numerous residents apologize for the way the entire group acted. They do not want any of the old mess being brought back inside the facility. The inmates that are truly wanting to study their culture and religion are thankful that we put a end to the infighting among volunteers who was attempting to farther their own individual beliefs and causes."
When I question the 'old mess' I was given no response or clarification, to which I said "It seems to me that a blanket blame is being thrown upon all volunteers to separate the inmates from anyone who brings to them a taste of aloha" I have opened a can of worms and believe that there is a dark and dangerous undercurrent. I am very concerned that once the pa'ahao learn of this deceitfullness they will choose a route that will endanger their well being...if anyone has a family member within the Arizona facility at Saguaro and you're able to write to them, please advise them that we are being withheld from visiting not by our choice but by the system...
Please give me your input.... mahalo