Aloha mai kākou!
On Kaua`i in The Garden Island News (www.kauaiworld.com
) the following letter was published yesterday (March 21, 2009).
Stand up to sovereignty
Thanks for the article about the shenanigans at the Kaua‘i County Council last week. (“Reinstated Hawaiian Government marks 10 years of sovereignty,” The Garden Island, March 15”
Henry Noa and his gang from the “Reinstated Hawaiian Government” can rant all they want. The problem comes if Noa and his gang members actually carry out their threat that “we, the reinstated government, will be conducting activities ... such as roadway use, conducting business on former Crown lands, and even reclamation of property from U.S. possession.”
Let’s warn the wannabe hooligans that illegal acts will not be tolerated. Let’s laugh out loud at the absurd sovereignty claims being made. Stand up to bullies threatening thuggery.
The revolution of 1893 was done by local residents and subjects of the Kingdom, not by the U.S. The successor Republic of Hawai‘i was recognized as the rightful government by all the same nations that had previously recognized the Kingdom.
Take a deep breath and repeat after me: Hawai‘i is legitimately the 50th state of the United States. We are proud to be Americans. We will not allow secessionists to intimidate us, or racists to seize control of assets that belong to us all.
Giving aid and comfort to people like Henry Noa is a very bad idea. Please see my book “Hawaiian Apartheid: Racial Separatism and Ethnic Nationalism in the Aloha State.”
Kenneth Conklin, Kaneohe
I am not only angry with this "proud American" from Kāneʻohe, becasue he is trying to create dissonance between the Hawaiians, and giving fuels to those who oppose Free Hawai`i, but I am more angry with the local newspaper for allowing this insulting language and suppressing much more civil responses to the letter and other issues.
He would deserve to have "Independence for Hawai`i" painted in large letters on his house. If he lived on Kaua`i he would get it.
Me ke aloha