STOP THE KAHANA VALLEY EVICTIONS • KEEP HAWAIIANS ON THEIR LAND
Thursday October 22, 4:30-6:00 pm
Sign-waving in Kahana
Friday October 23, 9:00 am
Board of Land and Natural Resources meeting (VERY IMPORTANT)
Kalanimoku Building, corner of Punchbowl and Beretania. Parking garage entrance on Punchbowl, across from state capitol. Please come to stand with the families as they push to have the evictions forestalled.
Please support six Kahana Valley ohana who will be evicted on Monday morning by the DLNR.
These families have lived in the valley for generations, but have been unable to obtain leases from the State of Hawaii because of a poorly-written 1987 law which prevents the state from issuing new leases. This is in spite of the fact that these families have lived on the land for generations, since Lili'uokalani's mother was the ahupua'a's konohiki.
The evictions are cruel and unjust, and demonstrate that the Lingle administration and the DLNR are willing to make legal exceptions for major players like the Superferry, but will be inflexible for Hawaiian families.
According to Annagen Kahala, one of the community's leaders: "We have tried to work with the state... they have put us through loops and we are now being evicted for their mistakes."
These families will join the ranks of the houseless if they are evicted. In times of economic struggle for all people, why would the state destroy homes and knowingly put these families at risk?
Please join us for signwaving Thursday afternoon in Kahana, and to stand in solidarity with the families at the Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday morning at 9 am.
This is an urgent request. Evictions are scheduled for Monday morning. Please kokua.
This message is being circulated by Movement for Aloha No ka Aina: The Independence Party (MANA), a new organization that is building grassroots power for independence, demilitarization, and human rights. More info at www.manainfo.com.